Pastor’s Midweek News

Pastor’s Midweek April 11, 2018

“Shadow Creatures”. Darlene Welborn is our guest speaker as Pastor Bill and family are off for the wedding. Darlene will bring a message soundly based in Scripture (Zechariah 7:9-19 and John 4:4-10) and deeply grounded in God’s love for all of his creatures (you and me included).

Focus on Fruitfulness! Crossroads District Celebration is April 21 at the Bastrop Convention Center. Barbara Nixon has been nominated for the Bishop’s Exemplar Award and we sure need to travel to Bastrop and support her. We have reservations for 11 people, but if you have decided to go, please contact Candice and we can see what might be done.

We need cookies! Teacher appreciation cookie delivery is April 23.

 “Safe Gatherings” is the Conference’s new training and background checking for those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. So, those who teach Sunday school, VBS, visit shut-ins, work with children/youth need to have this training. It comes in three parts. The first step is to register at safegatherings.com. Registering will initiate the background checks and references requirement. There is a fee which of the conference will pay part and the church will reimburse you for any excess. The second step is a relatively painless computer training program we do individually at our own pace. The safe gatherings webpage will lead you into this training. The third step is an interactive session you can either do in person or at a webinar. Go to   https://riotexas.org/safe for times and places. We might just schedule a training at one of our close churches and go as a group.  “Safe Gatherings” will be required beginning right after Annual Conference (July 1), but it sure makes a bunch of sense to just go ahead and get it done now. And yes, Pastor Bill is required to have the same training. I have already done Steps one and two, and they were easy to navigate.

 

Grace abounds!

Pastor Bill