Pastor’s Pen

As we neared the end of May, VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL was rapidly approaching.  Due to a lack of adult volunteers, we had to postpone VBS to July 14-18.  For those five evenings in July we will adventure around the world!  On the first stage, our young people learn about the human race and that nobody runs a perfect race.  Next, we will learn how different languages and cultures developed, yet we all remain on the same race.  On the last two legs of the incredible race we will learn how God calls out to people of every nation, tribe, and people group while treating others with love and respect, not prejudice and judgment.  The memory verses for the week will be Romans 3:23, Genesis 11:9, Acts 17:26, 1 John 4:14, and 1 John 4:11.  It will be an awesome world-wind tour!!

On June 9 we will celebrate Pentecost as we wrap up “The Unexpected Acts of God” series and its tour through the book of Acts.  Beginning on June 16 we will turn to a new four-part series entitled “Intervention”.  This short series will look at how God intervenes in the earthly affairs of humankind from time to time.  Throughout the Old and New Testament we see that God has always been at work “righting those things that are wanting” and “bringing to completeness those things that help us to be the people God is calling us to be”.  Join us from June 16 through July 7 as we study a God who intervenes on our behalf to correct injustice, to bring spiritual freedom, to instruct, and to bring healing.

In mid-May, I attended the “Congregational Care Ministry Seminar”.  I decided to attend this seminar because caring for a congregation our size really requires a team effort.  I deeply appreciate the ministry of the Care Team but also recognize that we could do better as a congregation if more people were involved in other ways.  The seminar was led by Karen Lampe, who just retired from her position as the executive pastor of congregational care at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.  There she lead a small team that cared for a congregation of about 22,000 people spread across five campuses.  We talked about starting and building a small “Congregational Care Team” and also about the associated topics of prayer, listening, boundaries, death, grief, and support groups.  I will share more in the coming months.  But for now…

As we move into summer, may the Lord continue to guide and bless you and yours!

  • Pastor John

Scripture to read and consider:

“’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’  They answered, ’Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household’”. – Luke 16:30-31

Questions to ponder and go deep with:

1) When did you first ask this question?

2) Who do you know that is asking this question right now?

3) How can you help them to find the answer to the question?