Pastor’s Desk 2019-01-15

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Good Morning Church Family,

 Well, what a great evening we had with Mark Mulligan last Tuesday. Not only were we inspired by the songs and stories from his new faith based CD “Rising Son”, we were able to raise 27,400 pesos, half of which will be used to replenish our Benevolence Fund and the other half for Mark’s outreaches. For me, it was a huge highlight to share a few moments on the platform with Mark, singing one of my favorite songs. Thank you, Mark for your wonderful generosity to us and to the people we will be helping.
 
Lots of ministry events kicking off this week. Please take note of the “Weekly Events”, times and dates toward the end of this email.
 
Nominations for Potential Elders and Deacons – Resounding involvement this year by you the church family. This week we begin the process of connecting with all those who were nominated. So grateful to see all your input. More information will follow as we get closer to the AGM.
 
Men’s Breakfast this week – We have restructured the Men’s Breakfast to better add value to each man’s life. This week, Brandon Baird will guide us in a discussion on Forgiveness. See you Thursday at Tequila’s (8:30am)
 
Search Committee for an “Assistant Pastor” has been formed and the members are: Thonda Oliver, Rebecca Durham, Karen Ruddock, Dennis Reynolds, Christie Forester, Brandon Baird, Chuck Morton and myself. We had our first meeting last Thursday where we finalized the role description and the process we will follow to pursue an assistant.
              But we need your help. Christie mentioned that 3 of the last 4 pastors hired on the search teams she’s been a part of, were pastors who were found through preexisting relationships with people in the congregation. Would you consider the question, “Do I know of anyone who might be a good fit for our congregation who could also fulfill many of the responsibilities listed in the role description?” If you do, would you pass that name and contact info on to one of our team members. You can also direct that potential candidate to the “Job Description” found at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y9wkt9s2. We would so appreciate your help.  As a Search Committee, we covet your prayers for the Lord’s direction in our search.
 
Mission Outreach – Looking for a little something different in your life. Brandon is looking for 6-8 people to take to San Jose on Friday, Jan 25. They will leave the church at 5pm. They will be showing a movie outdoors, along with grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Come along and Help serve, help set up, help have fun! Get more info from Brandon (baird.brandon@gmail.com)

Jerry Lebo is home! Yes, he was back Sunday and walking pretty well after 2 hip surgeries over the last three months. So glad you’re back Jerry. We are grateful to the Lord for how He answered our prayers for you.
 
Another Monday Night at the Movies coming on Feb 4th @ 6:00 pm with the 3rd in this sequel of “God’s NOT Dead: A light in Darkness“. We watched it this summer and thought it was done really well.
 
Sunday’s Message in Review – “Peligroso Prayers – Change Me”
This week we changed up our prayer from “God Search Me”, to “God Change Me”. That truly is a dangerous prayer. The much easier prayer is “God Change THEM!” What needs to change in my life? We looked at the story of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-8. After 38 years of some sort of paralysis, Jesus asks him, “do you want to get well?” But Jesus’ question really went much deeper than a physical healing of his legs, which he did also receive. However, the deeper question was much more about what are you trusting in to get well? His thoughts were, “I can’t get better. I have no one to push me in to the pool when the water bubbles.” But everyday, he went back to that same pool, laid down on the same mat, in anticipation that someday, things would change and he would get better.
              This lame man probably had lost all hope of change after 38 years of paralysis. Likewise, we all have areas in our lives that need to change, but like the lame man, we may also feel like nothing in our life is ever going to change after that many years. What is it that God has been challenging you to change up in your life? It is so easy to simply continue to do the same old things (going back to our mat by the pool) and hoping that somehow things will improve.
              Jesus challenges the lame man to action. Change only comes with action. “Stand up.” If you want to change, you’re going to have to do something. “Pick up your Mat” – that mat represents everything this man tried to hold on to. Its like Jesus says, burn those old bridges, those things you go back to in life when you’re frustrated and feel nothing is ever going to change. Quit looking to the pool, to the old ways for your satisfaction. Look to Jesus for your healing. “Walk” – How do you change? One step at a time. That’s how we change.
              Change begins with “search me.” And from there, we need to admit our sin for what it is. Then confess it. He always forgives. Ask people that truly love you and that you love, what do I need to change? Don’t blame others for your shortcomings. Look at You because this is between only you and God.
              To further this change, you may need to add structure to your life. Reading the Scripture is critical in bringing change to our lives. Invite God to illuminate the Word as you read it, to help you understand what He’s saying to you. Get involved in small groups. Find someone to be accountable to and every morning, begin the day by fully surrendering yourself to Him. Paul tells us in Corinthians that we are new people when we come to Christ. The old is gone.
              So the challenge for us this week – Do you want to get well? Do I really want to change? Well, there is a way through our walk with Jesus that allows us to experience those changes. But he calls us to participate in that change through our actions. So if it feels like change hasn’t happened in the last “38 years”, why not approach that change you want to make like the lame many did “Stand up, pick up your mat and walk.”
 
Have a great week,
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine

 
 
10 Reasons Church Members Don’t Invite Others to Church” – I receive a daily article from Thom Rainer (a church growth and strategies leader in the USA). While there’s many of these articles that I’d like to forward to you all, this one really caught my attention. There is an 11 minute video https://youtu.be/9vhEzEg9JCg which accompanies the observations Rainer makes below:
 
1.           “I just don’t think about it.”
2.           “I’m afraid I’ll be rejected.”
3.           “The music isn’t that good.”
4.           “The preaching isn’t strong.”
5.           “We’ve got too many church problems right now.”
6.           “Our church is already too crowded.”
7.           “Nobody ever challenged me to invite anyone.”
8.           “I don’t know how to start the conversation.”
9.           “It’s the Spirit’s job—not mine—to bring people to church.”
10.        “It’s too far for people to come.”
 
Some highlights from today’s Rainer Report:
• When you invite someone to church with whom you have a relationship, they often will accept the invitation.
• Relationships is the number one factor for someone accepting an invitation to visit a church—not the music style.
• Introversion is no excuse to disobey the Great Commission.
• When church members invite others to church, it creates a culture of inviting and builds momentum in the church.
 
I welcome your feedback on this article & video. As a church attendee, what are your thoughts? What do you agree with & why? What do you not agree with & why? I’d love to hear your perspective.

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