Words from the Pastor – February 2016
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually, members of it.” 1Corinthians 12: 27
I’ve always liked the apostle Paul’s model for the church found in 1 Corinthians 12. The church is the “body of Christ” continuing the work He began in the flesh some two thousand years ago. We are empowered and encouraged by Christ’s ever present Spirit but it is ultimately up to us to decide how active we will be in carrying on Jesus’ work to those around us.
As you read this, I hope you will see the many ways we are being Christ’s “body” and that you might be prompted to reach out to support one of them in a new way. I want to update you on two new ministries we have through which we want to further Christ’s wo
PRAYER MINISTRY – “Focus on Prayer” is a small group which meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 6:30 pm. We believe that prayer is a critical means through which we grow in faith, minister to each other, and connect to the transforming and healing power of God. Join us any time to pray or to be prayed for.
We’ve opened an e mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org as another means through which anyone can offer a prayer or prayer request. I check and respond to these messages every day. You can also use it to share a prayer for someone who is going through a tough time. As we put out info on Facebook about this, please “share” it with your Facebook friends.
“HELPING HANDS” – An after school program in the Stewart Middle School library to provide help and encouragement to students who are struggling with getting their work done. We meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. We have recently begun providing snacks and offering a “rewards program.” With ten after-school sessions, they will get a five dollar Wawa card. With twenty sessions, they will receive two free movie tickets. We’re looking for an additional volunteer and donations to purchase the “rewards.”
As we get moving into the New Year, my prayer is that all of us stay focused on what matters most . . . being the “body of Christ.” This is key to our future vitality and growth!