Dear Church Family,
We have continued to be blessed with great attendance and wonderful worship experiences. Our youth did an amazing job this past Sunday! It is always a strong encouragement to hear from our seniors and to know how much our church matters to them. Special thanks go to Rev. Greg Smith, Mary Beth Muncie, our musicians and our students for this very special annual service.
Since the youth were leading the traditional services, I took the opportunity to preach for the Embrace service. They have done a great job with the improvements they have made to the stage, their praise band set-up, visitor’s table and coffee station. Please go by the CLC on a Sunday morning and witness what they have done. I was also very impressed by how well the Praise Band plays, sounds and leads worship.
This week we sent out letters and packets to our newer members, visitors and church members who have yet to participate in the Growing Together capital campaign. We have been blessed by great participation but we really want every last one of us to be a part of this critical and needed renovation work. Kenny Owen gave us a great report this past Sunday at our worship services about our progress and we need all of us to be united and invested in seeing this project to completion.
It is hard to believe that we are in the Lenten season. To be honest, it hard to believe that it is already February. Time does fly. But Lent is a season that helps us to make the most of our time, as Paul commands. We are to slow down and reflect on what Christ has done for us and to reflect on our lives and our commitment to Him. Some of us may give up something to be routinely reminded that Christ gave up all for us. I also encourage us to routinely take on something for this season; such as, read more, serve more, guard your Sabbath better, visit those who need visiting, go every week to Sunday School, keep a prayer journal, form an accountability group. etc… We all need to let this season do its work to draw us into deeper worship and love for our Savior and to reflect on how we love and serve Him with our lives.
I will begin a new Lenten sermon series this Sunday looking at Jesus’ words from the cross, and Greg will continue in his series on James’ epistle. Please do your best to be in worship over these weeks as we move toward Good Friday and Easter. Stay forever in the Light; never lose sight of the Way. See you Sunday!
Rev. Barry Male, Jr.