Greetings, Church Family and Friends!
As you prepare for the Lord's Day tomorrow, take a few moments to give the Lord thanks for the relatively mild temperatures we have had this summer. It is forecasted to heat up today and throughout the next week or so. It is our custom to open up the church on exceptionally hot days for those who need a place to cool off. If you know of someone who might be in that situation this week, please let them know that we are open daily.
Our association sponsored a Transitional Pastor Training on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I was privileged to attend. Gary Dean and Walter Thomack and 8 others also attended. Gary Mathes from Clay-Platte Baptist Association (formerly associate pastor at Green Valley Baptist Church) and Buddy Funk with Resound Network/Missouri Baptist Convention led the training. As I shared with our folks Wednesday evening, I don't have any plans to become a "transitional pastor" anytime soon, but I was encouraged to attend by our associational leadership. The training was outstanding. So much of it overlaps with church revitalization. The Resound Network works with both churches who are without pastors and churches who need some level of revitalization. I left personally refreshed and encouraged to reignite the revitalization process for us. We are in an excellent position as a church to undertake this work. You will be hearing more about this from me in the near future.
THE LORD'S DAY (8/20):
ICYMI: Last Sunday's sermon audio from Luke 24:13-35 "Journey to Emmaus ... and Back"
Other previous messages are archived here . Please visit our YouTube Channel to see the edited service video.
FIGHTER VERSE: Our Fighter Verse this week is Psalm 30:4-5
"Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning."
REMINDER FROM THE COUNTING TEAM: To receive a record of your donation at the end of the year, please place your offering in an envelope with your name and amount given printed on the outside.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE The Five-Day Bible Reading Plan is attached to this e-mail for your convenience. You may want to access additional resources to support your reading available at this website.
CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY is extended to Russ Wright on the death of his brother, Hooker. Services will be at 2 pm, Monday, Aug. 21, at Ebenezer Baptist in Fulton, with visitation at noon. Obituary link is here.
BONUS: We continue to pray for those who have been devastated by the wildfires in Hawaii. Here is a link to a brief article from Tharran Gaines of the Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief Team about the fires, as well as a way you can give to help those in need through MBDR.
See you in church!
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon