February 11th

It’s Friday and Sunday’s Comin’!

What a weekend this will be! Even though Pastor Mary’s return is just a week away, the benefits of the Lilly Endowment’s Grant will keep giving for some time into the future. 

Saturday morning, I’ll be meeting with the Church Council and Finance Team to begin work toward renewing church vision and strategy. This will be only the first of several gatherings throughout the year, and promises to be an exciting process of looking and moving forward with intentionality.

Sunday morning, we wrestle with the challenging words of Jesus when he tells us to “love our enemies.” He gets specific. Shelly and I have invited our daughter and son-in-law to sing a rendition of St. Francis’ Prayer: Lord Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace. I look forward to hearing them sing again, and to the challenging text of that prayer.

Following the service Sunday, we will finish our two week seminar on Small Group Ministry. Last week we took a 50,000 feet in the air view of small group ministries. This Sunday, we will take a brief look at a couple of contemporary forms of groups/churches; then we will discuss specifics of starting and maintaining groups. These teachings will provide the framework of a platform upon which the church can build if groups have a part in our future vision and strategy.

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday! And several of you sooner. It’s Friday. But Sunday’s coming!!!

-Pastor David Hayes