Pastor’s Paragraph: A Bi-Weekly Message from Pastor John

October 19, 2021

Many thanks to all those who helped fill 25 baskets with snacks and goodies to share with all of the staff (600 plus employees) at Gordon Advent Hospital. This is a small but significant expression of our First Family’s love and appreciation for those who have worked tirelessly to provide for the health and well-being of our community in such challenging times. I am especially appreciative for our weekday pre-K students and their teachers for putting these baskets together and for Steven Waters who organized this entire effort.

On a bit of short notice, we have decided to go ahead with our annual “Trunk or Treat” event on Sunday night, October 31st. The church will be providing the bulk of the candy but we will need many of you to host a trunk and give out candy to all the trick or treaters from our community. While you don’t have to decorate your trunk, you are more than welcome to do so. We are also asking those who plan to host a trunk to bring with them a big bag of candy to get started. If you can help us by hosting a trunk, please contact the church office as we need at least 25 trunk hosts to make this night work. You will need to be in your parking place on the CLC side of the church parking lot as the children will start trick or treating at 5:30. While this event is far from evangelistic, it is a good opportunity for our families to gather and to welcome the community onto our church campus.

We are looking forward to a full schedule of events as we gear up for the holidays and the conclusion of the year. The last several months have been challenging in so many unusual and unexpected ways. This is true for our church family and for our individual families. We have tried to navigate these times in a reasonable and responsible fashion, always being respectful of the different feelings and comfort levels of individuals and their families. I am hopeful circumstances will continue to improve to the point where more folks are comfortable returning back to church in the very near future.

Last Sunday I shared a message of challenge concerning every believer’s personal engagement with the Word. We reminded ourselves of just how profitable God’s Word is for us. This week, as we continue our study of 2 Timothy 3:14-17, I want to share the practical side of this challenge as we rediscover the different ways we should be engaging with God’s Word. I hope you will prioritize worshipping with your First Family this next Sunday.

Blessings! Pastor John

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