First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful snow day last Sunday. If you were able to use the Worship at Home Service we sent out, let us know on Facebook or Realm how that went. It was the first time we’ve done that, and we’d like to know what you thought. Also, how did you like the video sermon Dave Dorst preached? The links are still online if you didn’t get to see it.
Well, this week we have a special treat as a dear friend of mine, the Rev. Paul Hahn, the National Coordinator for Mission to North America (MNA), will be with us. I’ve known Paul since the early 90’s when he was the RUF Campus Minister at Auburn University. Paul will be presenting the incredibly diverse ministry of MNA to the adults and teens during Sunday School and then will be preaching on “The Flourishing Church” from Act 13:1-12. Paul writes, “With our churches floundering at so many different levels (evangelism, prayer, missional engagement, holiness, growth), it is crucial to come back to the church in the apostolic era and ask: What makes for a flourishing congregation? Would the Lord kindly do the same among us now? If He does extend this grace to us, what can we expect the contours of that flourishing congregational life to be like? The church at Antioch gives us clues of what that grace could produce in us/call out of us.”
Those are important questions for us to consider as we head into this New Year. I’m looking forward to hearing what Paul has for us from God’s Word this Sunday morning. See you there! Dr. Dave
P.S. A quick update on the Session. Due to a super busy schedule, we’ve extended James Murphy’s sabbatical through May.
And please pray for Mike VanDerLinden as he has started taking his ordination exams to become a Teaching Elder. He has accepted a call to become the new Pastor of Timber Ridge Christian Church in High View, WV and so he has resigned from the Session. In his letter to the Session, he wrote, “It has been a great privilege and joy to serve with all of you over the past 2 years. I pray that God will continue to bless the fellowship and give you wisdom as you shepherd God's people.” Mike hopes his ordination will be in March or April (we’ll let you know when and where that service will take place).