From Your Pastor’s Heart: #summerishere
Categories: Pastors Blog
# s u m m e r i s h e r e
I can hear the final notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” playing in my ears as I am typing these words to you. Mortarboards (that funny little hat all graduates wear) have fallen helplessly to the ground awaiting reclamation by fresh graduates eager to take pictures and meet their friends and family. What wonderful days of hope and promise! God knows these graduates and loves them: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
# k e e p o n g i v i n g
During the summer months, as your family departs for vacations and weekenders to the lake, make sure to continue to faithfully support the work of our church through your generous giving. We must all be consistent in the sharing of our resources for the sake of the gospel! Thanks! And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 (ESV)
# s u m m e r s a b b a t h
From June 12 through August 14, we will again take a SUMMER SABBATH from our traditional Sunday evening schedule (check out Bro. James space for some great Sunday evening summer events). The purpose of this is to give our church family unique opportunity to grow in their friendships with one another and with their own families. No matter who you are, there is a way for you to deepen your friendships and your faith:
Senior Adults – The Fellowship Hall will be available for you to use to gather for games, food, and fellowship. We encourage you to gather there or at someone’s home and share together in the rich fellowship that makes Crossroads so sweet. Or invite a young family over to your house for a meal or just coffee and share with them about your faith journey.
Families with grown children – We encourage you to take time to visit your children and grandchildren. Make it an intentional time. Intentionally fun, teach the grandkids a new game. Intentionally meaningful, share a special memory or biblical truth with your children and grandchildren. Intentionally good, let them know how important they are to you. We also encourage you empty nesters to spend time together. Have a cook-out for several couples, invite someone you’re not acquainted with, build a new friendship. Include your friends who are not active in church or in a relationship with Christ. Take advantage of the time to create new relationships while introducing others to Christ and His church.
Families with children at home – Just like last year we want to encourage and equip families to raise up your children to Love God with all their hearts and to love others without regard for themselves. We want to strongly encourage you to reach out to unchurched families and make their family apart of your devotional, game, and/or meal. We will once again be supplying resources for you in order to make it more likely that you will spend some meaningful time together this summer. We will also be looking forward to seeing your pictures posted to Facebook and Twitter.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)
Yours Faithfully, Bro. David