October 10, 2012
Dear Church Family,
One of the three major goals for this year is that each person in our church would be using their gifts to serve others in the body. We believe one major aspect of being a life-giving friend in God’s family is using our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of others.
We currently have dozens of you regularly serving. Thank you! You are loving people, meeting needs, and using what God has given you to be a blessing to others. You are doing what 1 Peter 4:10 calls us to: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (NIV).
For those of you still looking for a place to serve or if you’d like to serve in a new way, I encourage you to seek out the various ministry leaders in our church. We often need nursery works (so Kim Schildroth would be glad to speak with you). We often need help setting up and tearing down our Sunday morning worship space (if interested, talk to John Stuelke and Tony Weber). We’re always looking for warm faces to greet people and welcome new visitors (if you’d like to get on the schedule, talk to Sue Frederick).
There are a myriad of ways to serve the body so don’t feel constrained by the just the Sunday morning opportunities. If there’s a need, go meet it. Visit the hurting, open your home to the stranger (even your strange pastor), take care of the sick, feed the poor, and the like. You don’t need the approval of me or anyone else to love people and serve others. Oh, and if there’s a ministry area you’d like to develop that we’re not currently offering, please contact any of the elders.
I hope each of us experience the joy this year of serving others. May we never forgot the model of our Savior: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Friday Night Bonfire, October 12: Please join us for a potluck and bonfire at the Schultz’s home on Friday, October 12th, 5:00-??. The Schultz’s will provide paper/plastic wear, water, pulled pork and stuff for S’Mores. Add to that as you feel led. Come fellowship with us either way! Bonfire, Capture The Flag, Volleyball, Trampoline, playhouse for the little ones, indoor play area as well. If you want to bring along a guitar and lead some praise songs around the fire, great! We’re starting early, but please drop in when you can! Contact Garry or Jacalyn for questions.
October 14 6:00: An Evening of Worship & Prayer will be held October 14, 2012 from 6-7:30 pm at New Covenant Bible Church for all believers in Linn County. This event is hosted by the Linn County Association of Evangelicals and Serve the City. More info http://servethecity.org/events.htm
Communion Sunday and McCornerstone: For many years we have gone out each Sunday at a local restaurant or park as a church family. We plan to continue this in 2012-2013, but starting in October we are changing what we do for McCornerstone on Communion Sundays (usually the 3rd Sunday of the month). On the 3rd Sunday of the month, no restaurant location will be listed for McCornerstone. Instead, we would like individual friends and families to choose to fellowship in smaller groups in individual homes, local restaurants, etc. Quality friends take quality time and we want to give you an opportunity to take the fellowship into your living room or individual pizza booth. We’ll remind you of this in future weeks. But keep in mind October 21 will be the first Sunday to invite others out to a more intimate meal together.
Baby Shower, Tuesday October 23: Ladies, you are invited to attend a baby shower to bless the McCreary’s. The shower will be held at Lesia Stuelke’s home in Center Point at 7:00 p.m.
Yours in Christ,