Something that has encouraged me recently is knowing how many people are volunteering to help our church carry out its ministries in our community. Last week, we hosted Family Promise guests on our campus, providing temporary room and board for families with children. It took between 25 and 30 volunteers to make that happen and once again, we had people who were happy to help. On Sundays, we usually have 8 to 10 musicians who get up early to rehearse and do sound checks a couple hours before worship begins. In addition to those musicians and other volunteers like scripture readers, ushers and greeters, it takes about 4-5 more people to run the sound, video screen and live-feed cameras. When we’re delivering Meals on Wheels in our community, usually a dozen or more of you volunteer to drive and deliver. Several of our students along with a few adults have been faithfully helping with our food pantry, distributing food to people in our community who are in need. And this coming week, at least a couple dozen volunteers will team together to provide the drive-through BBQ meal which raises money to support our mission work across the world.
And I haven’t even mentioned those who have been going to help with recovery efforts in Lake Charles recently, or the number of people who volunteer regularly with children’s or student ministries or lead adult Bible studies and prayer groups, or those helping in new ways—like in the nursery. A whole lot of you have been helping and giving your time in ways that matter for our church and community. It makes me proud that you’ve been doing so much, helping so much, and accomplishing so much. You’re helping God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
News this week
Several of you have asked about whether Rochelle and I are well, and I’m thankful for your care and concern. We’re both feeling much better and tested negative for Covid-19, so we’re thankful to be on the mend!
We apologize for the audio difficulties we had this past Sunday with the live stream. In efforts to improve the sound quality, we made it worse. Thanks for your patience with us, we hope to have it corrected for this coming week.
Following worship THIS SUNDAY you’ll be able to drive through the Worship Center side of the parking lot to pick up your BBQ meals that raise money to support our mission work. Look for the traffic cones near the bus barn to get in line. Tickets can still be purchased here: https://form.jotform.com/202807110235139 UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
Janet Black has been helping to coordinate the relief effort from our church in the Lake Charles area. After the second hurricane in a month hit that region, she and several others (more volunteers!) have been traveling back and forth to Lake Charles, working with the Cajun Navy and delivering supplies to those in need. If you would like to participate in one of those trips, or make donations to their cause, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
After worship on November 8th, there will be a “walk through” baby shower for Courtney and Josiah Brown. Their baby boy is coming at the end of December, and we want to shower them with gifts while preparing for his arrival. Rather than have a gathering of people for a baby shower like we’ve known in the past, there will be a place near the Coffee Café (perhaps outdoors) to walk by, greet Courtney and Josiah and drop off a gift. The Browns are registered for baby gifts at: https://www.babylist.com/courtneyjosiah
Join me for a “pastor’s Zoom hang out” at 4:00p.m. TOMORROW (Wednesday). We’ll be informal, and I’ll be asking about how you’re managing the pandemic, staying connected to others and in touch with God. To participate, click this link at 4:00 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81158853246?pwd=eldGOGZ4ZVBIdWIvNnpRdzY0cElLQT09 If you need a passcode, it is 233244.
We were saddened to learn that Nelda Merck died last Sunday night. Nelda was a faithful follower of Jesus and member of our church. One thing I’ll remember about Nelda was her self-deprecating humor. She was a master at saying funny things about herself and we will miss her. Please pray for her sons, Russ, Mark and Gaylen as they and their families are grieving. A graveside service will be held this week in Palacios, Texas. Condolences can be sent to the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios.
May the peace of God that passes all understanding or comprehension encircle you and calm you down today. May God convince you of God’s love for you. And may you know the power of God’s presence in a way that energizes you for courageous faithfulness. Wash your hands. Wear your mask. Love your neighbors. And go with God who fuels our hopes and quiets our fears. Everywhere. Always. Amen.