Dear Church Family,
As a parent of children that are still in school, August marks the beginning of a new school year. August begins a new season for our children for learning, making friends, and playing sports. Although most of us are not in school anymore, August can mark the beginning of a new season for us as well. It can be a new season for learning, making friends, and being active in God’s mission. We can continue to learn as we gather in small groups to study the Bible. If you haven’t joined a Sunday School class then I strongly encourage you to do so. That small group gathering at 9:45am on Sundays is one of the best ways to learn. I also encourage you to join us on Wednesday evenings. We gather in the Social Hall for a meal at 5:30pm and then for prayer and Bible study at 6:15pm. Starting August 7th we will resume our study in Systematic Theology. August can mark the beginning for a new season of learning for all of us.
August can also mark the beginning for a new season of making friends. Over the past few weeks I’ve been challenging you to make friends with those around you who don’t follow Jesus. Look for ways to show them the love of God. Pray for an opportunity to tell them about Jesus. This can also be a new season for developing Christian friendships. Joining a Sunday School class is one of the best ways to build friendships with other Christians. In addition to Sunday School, we are going to be launching what we call Community Groups in the next few months. A Community Group is group of people that commit to gather together on the fourth Sunday of every month. The purpose of the Community Group is to help our church members and guests deepen their relationships with one another. The Community Group get-togethers will range from gathering for dinner at someone’s house or restaurant to attending a Green Jackets’ baseball game to meeting somewhere for dessert. The options are limitless but the purpose is to get to know one another better. If you would like to be in a Community Group, you will have the opportunity to fill out a Community Group card in the next several weeks. After a few weeks of making the cards available we will create the groups and begin meeting together. I encourage you to join one of these groups and allow August to mark the beginning of a new season of making friends!
Lastly, August can mark a season of renewed zeal for being active in God’s mission. We can become more intentional in sharing our faith. We can become more involved in one of the many ministries of our church. We can take a step of faith and try something we haven’t tried before. Whatever that may look like for you, I challenge you to allow August to mark a season of renewed zeal for being active in God’s mission.
Pastor Ron Jones