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September 29, 2016, 12:06 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 2, 2016


Good Morning Family,

            I trust everyone had a great week.  We are seeing cooler temps and sunny skies.  I am starting to sound like the weatherman! 

            I have a very, very important announcement to make this morning!  We are going to have a special luncheon at the church on next Saturday, October the 15th at 12:30pm for a meeting of minds as to ministry ideas for the 50 years of age and older group we are calling “Young at Heart” or “Y@H”.  We would love to see everyone in that age grouping on that day and we are prepared to come and shuttle to the church any who might need a ride. 

            We have a large contingent of folks in our church that are inn this age bracket and some are shut ins to which we would like to minister in some new creative ways.  We want to be sure we are balancing our ministries.  So, we want to gather as a group and put our collective heads together.

            We will be serving a light lunch.  Simply bring yourself or contact me to schedule a ride.  Please do your best to make it a point to attend as we try to lay some groundwork for future ministry together.  We need everybody who is able to make it a priority to attend.  Your input is important!

 

“Young at Heart” 50+ Luncheon

Saturday October 15th at 12:30pm

We’ll be serving a light lunch and together we will be discussing ministry plans for the future.

No need to bring food.

The church is providing a light lunch.

 

          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

 

         




September 29, 2016, 11:37 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 25, 2016


Good Morning Family,

          It is officially Fall!  This is my second favorite time of year after winter.  God is so amazing in tilting the Earth at a perfect 23.5 degrees off perpendicular to give most of the planet beautiful seasons of one kind or another.  With us being in the middle upper latitudes, we get the lion’s share of extremes and I love it!

          Along with Fall comes leaves, pumpkins, hot bowls of chili, football games, and cooler weather with sweatshirts and sweaters.  The Lord, in His goodness, created the seasons for our good and His glory.  The science behind the fall colors may not ean much to most people, but the colors sure do.

          Pretty soon these hills will look like someone spilled “Froot Loops” all over them and we will “Oooo” and Ahhh” is goodness created the seasons for our good and His glory as we stand in awe of the beauty of eachhihi     at His majesty displayed in nature.  My prayer is that as this season goes to the next, that we will all move into a new season of our own spiritually, where we will begin to seek the Lord even more in our daily lives. 

          We are moving into a new season of study on Sunday mornings very soon as we only have a few weeks left of our journey together through the Book of Romans.  Pray with me for God to take us into some new areas that will help all of us move into a closer walk with Him.  That should be our constant goal: “to know and love Him more and more”.  The wonderful thing is that we can always draw closer to Him because He is infinite and eternal.   We can never get enough of Him as we seek to draw ever nearer to the Lover of our Souls.

           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

 

         

 




September 29, 2016, 10:07 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - September 18, 2016


Good Morning Family,

          We are just a few weeks from finishing our series in Paul’s Letter to the Church at Rome.  This morning, we are beginning chapter 15.  I anticipate we will conclude sometime in October; most likely the 9th.

          We started our journey through the book of Romans on February 15th, 2015!  I pray you all have seen Romans as maybe never before.  What a Biblical gem it is!  A wealth of doctrine and practical application all packed into a wonderful, loving letter from Paul the Apostle to the church at Rome and to us centuries later.

          Some of it, I know, has been difficult to hear and, believe it or not, even more difficult for me to preach.  The words of the text have challenged and changed me, as I pray they have you.  In the course of our lives in ministry together, we will travel through many books of the Bible over the coming years.  What a journey lies ahead!

          Today, Paul continues his thoughts began in chapter 14 as we look at one more week of “Critics in the Kingdom”-part 3.  He will close his thoughts out today on this subject that he has addressed here and in I Corinthians.  He will give us some examples to encourage us as we live our lives for others; and for the building up of the Body of Christ-universal and local.

          I want to add a word here regarding our choir working on a few pieces to share at Christmas time.  Thanks to those who showed up last Sunday at 5:30pm for the initial meeting.  I do know that many in the body here had family plans that day and could not attend the first time.  I would however, encourage you to begin making your way to these times of rehearsal.  I will be there to sing with you and would like to see anyone who loves to sing come be a part of the choir for the holidays.  I know there has to be a more of you out there who can come and sing with us!

             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




September 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 11, 2016


Good Morning Family,

          Fifteen years ago this morning, those of us who are old enough were all stopped in our tracks. Fifteen years ago, we felt the shock of pain and disbelief at what our eyes were taking in on our television screens.

          I had just arrived at the office after running a few errands before going to church for the day. It was a Tuesday morning, sunny out like any other September Tuesday before. I walked in and the receptionist asked if I had any news yet that morning. So, I went back to my office and turned on Fox News. The first WTC Tower had been hit and the rest of the staff began gathering in my office. We sat wondering what had happened how a plane had managed to hit the building. In just a few minutes after my arrival, we suddenly knew exactly what was happening as we all saw the second plane hit on live television.

          Next to fall was an entire wall at the Pentagon and then Flight 93 going down in Shanksville. Our phones lit up as our people were calling to make sure we were aware of the news. That night, as the skies above us became eerily quiet and completely free of jet streams, we opened up the church for community prayer. People came in and out of a dimly lit sanctuary all evening long to kneel at the altar and pray and cry together.

          This was the kind of thing that changes a nation. However, each of us have had 9-11’s in our personal lives as well. An event comes in from "left field" and we don’t see it coming. Then suddenly, our life is brought to a screeching halt. Nothing really matters, but the trial or the loss, or the tragedy. Everything else goes on the back burner and people become the important thing, not things. God becomes the focal point and not jobs or money or possessions. All we know is the dark walls of the valley that rise up on either side of us in the "shadow land". That is all we can see with our spiritual eyes. Yet, those who trust in the Lord can know His presence in the valley. Sometimes it takes walking on ahead a bit to see that He was there all the time.

          How do I know He was there with me all the time? I see the evidence of His presence. It was He that sustained me when I had absolutely nothing left. And the reality is that even if I perished, He would have been there too; with me all the way home to Him.

          For maybe days or weeks or even months after, we may still be in a fog wondering if it all had really happened. We wonder how long will the pain remain? Those of us who have been through personal 9-11’s know the pain and know of the lasting effects that can follow us the rest of our days in one form or another. Pain changes us. It crafts us. This morning we will ask the question, "Where is God during these times?"

          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

 

 




September 7, 2016, 11:49 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 4, 2016


Good Morning Family,

Ahhhh... I like getting into the months with "ember" and "ober" in the name! This is my favorite time of the year! Labor Day Weekend is kind of the official end to summer. I know school has already started, but this weekend is the "last hurrah" for many people and their summer time vacations and activities.

Lots of families choose this weekend to get together and so in light of that, we will only have services this morning and give you the option to visit with family and friends tonight as we will not have a service this evening. Usually, I write on Friday or Saturday for the Sunday bulletin in which my letter appears, however I am writing to you a little earlier this time. It is Monday, August 29 as I write. I know I have a very full week and thought I would share a little something with you today that was on my heart.

As we have been studying the book of Revelation on Sunday nights, a thought occurred to me this morning. So, here is the set up: sometimes I must admit that I listen to Christmas music at other times of the year when I get a hankering for a little holiday boost along the way. After all isn’t the incarnation of Christ something that should be celebrated at any time and not just at Christmas?

So, this morning I hear Johnny Mathis singing "O Holy Night" on my device. I start thinking of hearing that particular recording as a kid and remembering how sweet of a time Christmas can be when thinking of family, and the reality of Jesus coming to earth to bring salvation for us all. So, next thing I know, I’ve got tears in my eyes from the joy of that feeling. You know how a song can bring back a memory, right? So, then my mind goes to thinking about our study in Revelation last night.

So, at that moment several thoughts converge all together in my spirit. First, the reality of "O Holy Night" meets the feeling of Christmas in my heart meets the thought of that I actually will one day be in the presence of the One about whom the song was written. Those thoughts all combined culminate in the reality that we will one day hear actual heavenly music about Christ, beyond our wildest imaginations and more beautiful than any Christmas song ever written on earth! Even the music to Handel’s "Hallelujah Chorus" will sound like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" compared to the heavenly strains with which we will be accompanied as we sing those exact words as Scriptures tells us we will in Revelation chapter 11. Just a thought for you this week as we sings psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs; making melody in our hearts to the Lord this week!

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


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