Pastor’s Pen

As we begin October, there is once again a lot of great activity at the church.  Groups are meeting Sunday through Thursday, some days with multiple groups meeting on a given day.  These include Bible studies, a physical and spiritual health class, book studies, and so much more.     Outside of the church we have begun a grief support group at the Library as well as continuing to share our faith as we color with children at the jail.

At the end of September we had our first churchwide brunch potluck downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  There was no Sunday School that day — so that all could attend and enjoy good food and great fellowship.  If you missed this, the next one will be on December 29th.  Later the same day we partnered with the ministerial association and Mason Funeral Home for the pre-planning event.  At this gathering we thought through our favorite songs and hymns, funeral arrangements, and legal considerations.  Thanks to Justin Nelson and Kathleen Trandahl for being my main     co-conspirators on this event.  If you missed it, keep an eye out for the next time we unite to host such an event.

The Sunday morning messages that I shared on September 22 and 29 were about generosity.  The two main ideas these Sundays were loving God more than money and practicing generous financial stewardship.  The first Sunday in October will be about how we pass our faith along to our families — one more way that we can model generosity in a number of ways.  During the first week of October we will mail out our Generosity Campaign, asking you to prayerfully consider how you can be generous towards God and towards your church.  Generosity comes in many forms — finances, time, presence, prayers, and witness.  For each of us, being generous comes easier in one or two areas, relative to the other areas.     I hope that you will take the time to read about all of the wonderful ways that our church is involved both within the walls and outside the walls in the neighborhoods and communities around us and even far beyond Winner.  It is only through your loving and generous support that the church can continue to be the hands and feet, the eyes and heart of Jesus in the world.

Thanks for reading my article!  May the Lord bless and keep you and your family throughout October!

  • Pastor John

Scripture to read and consider:

 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you… and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare”. — Jeremiah 29:7

Questions to ponder and go deep with:

1) How do you seek your city’s welfare?

2) In what ways can you pray for Winner, Colome…?

3) How do you find welfare when your city enjoys welfare?