Pastor’s Midweek News

Pastor’s Midweek January 22, 2020      

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We began our seven-part Spiritual Gifts Series as we explore the seven Spiritual Gifts which Paul wrote of in Romans 12: 3-8.  Prophecy, Leadership, Teaching, Serving, Exhortation, Mercy and Giving. The discussion of these topics fits well within the Revised Common Lectionary for Year A. On January 26, 2020 our sermon title is “Spiritual Gifts- Leadership” and our focus Scriptures are 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18 and Matthew 4: 12-23.

Some folks in the church are thinking about an afternoon or morning bible study group guided by the Serendipity Bible. The commentary for this bible says all you have to do is “just add coffee”. The “open-dig-reflect” system is perfect for a small group to gather and let the Bible speak to today’s issues. Are you interested? Please let us know at the office.

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Description automatically generated We will gather food for the LAMA Food Pantry on Sunday, February the 2nd. This is going to be a busy Sunday as we celebrate Candlemas, the Presentation of the Lord and Holy Communion in both services and as we continue our Spiritual Gifts sermon series with “Spiritual Gifts- Serving. Our focus scriptures are Nehemiah 10:35-36 and Luke 2:22-40. There is no better way to serve than to provide food for the hungry. The food we gather should be of the nonperishable sort. Peanut butter and jelly are always good items. Any sort of canned meat or fruit is very welcome. If you have questions about what you should bring, just ask Barbara.

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Description automatically generatedCrossroads District is hosting a Youth Midwinter Retreat on February 28-March 1, 2020 at the El Shaddai Retreat Center, Yorktown. The theme is “Divergent: Going Against the Tide of Contemporary Culture” Registration is at gocrossroadsdistrict.org

Call for Confirmands! If you have a child, grandchild or just a friend’s child that has not been confirmed in the church, let’s talk. Usually, confirmation is for 6th graders on up. As the church knows, I dearly love confirmation and watching young people grow in faith and grace is a joy!

CYF This Sunday at 5:00

As we go into a year of denominational discernment, it is even more important that we have our mission and goals firmly and clearly in mind. The church is the body of Christ at work; the church is not the fussing and bickering of a general conference. In gaining clarity, I am hopeful that each of you will fill out the following survey:

What is your vision for this church in 2020?

The mission of the church is to reach deeper into our community for the sake of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world (and transforming our town). To do so effectively, we must be strong and our witness must be clear. We do this by: a.) our witness as a vital, effective worshipping church in ministry with its members, b.) living and preaching the Gospel, c.) always studying and learning about our faith, and d.) being a fruitful congregation (radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service and extravagant generosity.)

In your 2020 vision, what new ideas do you propose to meet these goals? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are there existing events and programs that have run their course and we need to drop? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The elected leadership of the church is working on their survey and I sure hope that each of you will also do so. You can sign the survey or not, as you choose, and drop it by the office. Thanks! Pastor Bill

 is a new program we are helping to sponsor. For those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, this group this group will meet on February 10 and each Monday night for 13 weeks at 7:00 in the evening. The venue is 1733 E. Highway 90, Luling, Texas. Please call 830 857 3315 for more information and registration.

Hope abounds!

Pastor Bill