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November 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 6, 2016


Good Morning Family,




October 27, 2016, 10:07 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 30, 2016


Good Morning Family,

            I am so excited for the Fall Festival tomorrow on Monday, October 31st.  It will be a great opportunity for us to meet and greet folks from our community.  Families from all around will come TO US on that evening.  There is going to be plenty of food, games, and of course candy for the kiddos.

            We are doing something a little different this year with our Bingo game.  We are going to be helping folks, who may need a little assistance this time of year, stock their pantries with grocery items.  As someone will yell, “Bingo” and win a game, they will get to choose from some grocery items we have compiled into little sacks.  A bag might include two cans of soup and a box of crackers or pancake mix and syrup. You get the idea.  We think it is a great way to help people have fun and meet a need at the same time.

            We do this festival not to celebrate Halloween, but to give an alternative that is safe and Christ honoring.  The origin of the 31st of October being called Halloween stems from an early Christian holiday being November 1st, All Hallows Day or All Saints Day.  November 1st was and still is celebrated as a day to remember Christian saints and martyrs who have passed on to be with the Lord.  November 1st being considered hallowed or sacred, the evening before it was called All Hallows Eve or Hallowed Eve, then shortened to Halloween.

            Of course, then Satan comes along and totally twists and confuses and counterfeits as other pagan cultures adopt the day and place their own occultic practices into the celebration on the evening of the 31st.  In our Fall Festival, we attempt to reclaim the night and shed light into the darkness.  I am thankful for those who have been working tirelessly putting it all together and for the “brains” of the organization, Tracy Hudson.

            If you have not volunteered for a spot to help, at the least just come and mingle with the families in attendance.  Let them know we are glad they are here and show them that Jesus loves them and deeply cares about the spiritual welfare of their family by simply chatting with them and making them feel welcome.

            As always, my prayer is for you to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

 

         




October 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 23, 2016


Good Morning Family,

            During my time speaking with the High School students each week, I am going back to the basics.  It is good to do that once in a while to remind ourselves of why we are here and why we are to be doing the things we are doing.  We are looking at why Christ came to earth, what He gave up when He came, and what really happened on the cross.  We want to make sure we understand the Great Exchange that took place on that cross 2,000 years ago and how it is the pivotal point in all of history.

            Also, a week ago Saturday, we sat down with the Young @ Heart group, those 50 years of age and over, as we shared collective ideas and dreams about how we can better minister to one another and minister to those in our community.  It was so great to hear hearts that greatly desire to see Christ lived out among the Body of Christ and in the world around us.  We will be expanding on some of those ideas in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes and ears open.

            We are also running a steady crew on Wednesdays in our Children’s Ministry with about 35-40 children and youth each week.  It is so awesome to have such wonderful leaders and workers who care so much about the kids as they teach and lead Bible Study and worship.    What a great kitchen crew we have as well as people rotate in and out weekly to help cook, set up, and tear down.

            I guess what I am trying to say is how proud I am of our church as we try to balance ministry and fellowship together.  Don’t forget to enjoy each other along the way in the work of the Lord.  Life is way too short to miss each other along the way.  I am so glad we have come to know all of you as family.  Each and every one of you has a special place in our hearts in the ministry here. 

            Even if, due to physical limitations,  your ministry is to simply come and be a part of Sunday School and worship services, that is a tremendous ministry to the Body of Christ.  By your very presence each week, you are an encouragement to the rest of us as you demonstrate your faithfulness to the Father and His church.   Your faithfulness to be with God’s people does not go unnoticed!

            As always, my prayer is for you to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd




October 20, 2016, 8:42 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 16, 2016


Good Morning Family,

            Biblical pastors in the American colonies "had a deep and reverent sense of their role as prophets and watchmen, and the annual Election Sermon was their solemn obligation and the high point of this great responsibility.

            The American colonists firmly believed that they had a holy call by God to establish a Christian nation with a civil government which was based on the principles laid out by God Himself in the Bible. How could a Christian nation possibly be sustained under the protection of God’s “Divine Providence” unless the citizens of the land elected godly individuals to hold political office?

            In his book "Religion In American History: Interpretive Essays", in a chapter titled "The Election Sermons," A. W. Plumstead says: "Colonial Puritanism had a concern with the cold facts of building God’s city on a hill here and now...The election sermon was…an annual trumpet call to review the essential laws which God put into the Bible for all to see pertaining to how Christians in covenant should govern themselves as God required".

            Early American pastors were blamed by the British for igniting the fire of independence that swept across the colonies and, as a result, the British army burned many churches during the American Revolutionary War. On January 21, 1776, the Reverend John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg removed his pulpit robe and marched out of his church with 300 parishioners to join the Continental Army as the 8th Virginia Brigade.

            The tradition of preaching a yearly election sermon lasted from 1674 until 1884, over two hundred years. These sermons expressed the very ideas that would later be echoed in 1776 when Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence.  Today, we will continue this tradition.

            As always, my prayer is for you to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd




October 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 9, 2016


Good Morning Family,

          I wanted to leave this announcement on the page of my letter this week, because I feel so strongly about it.  I do not want anyone to miss this unless they are providentially hindered from coming.  Please do your absolute best to be a part of this luncheon as we are going to discuss together how we can better minister as a group to each other and to those who are in this age group in our community.

          I am so looking forward to sitting down with all of you over lunch as we pray and seek the Lord’s face in this.  We want our ministries to be balanced and effective as we move forward, so it is imperative that we seek Him together as we pray and plan.

          As always, my prayer is for you to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15

 

“Young at Heart” 50+ Adult Luncheon

Saturday October 15th at 12:30pm

We’ll be serving a light lunch and discussing

Ministry plans for the future.  No need to bring food.

The church is providing a light lunch.

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

 


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