I wanted to check in with you and let you know about a few projects I’m working on and hope that you can be a part of. The first one is the start of a new sermon series call “Fighting Like Jesus” which will continue for the next three weeks–August 2nd through the 16th. Have you ever wonder what Jesus would do if he got into an argument, a fight, a disagreement? How would Jesus handle conflict? Arguments, disagreements, and conflicts are an unavoidable part of life, but they don’t have to destroy our relationships, families, church or ourselves. Join us for Sunday worship as we explore and learn together how to “Fight Like Jesus”.
Secondly, starting this Monday, August 3rd, we will re-start the early morning phone prayer from 6:30 – 6:45 a.m. The morning prayer will take place Monday–Saturday. I’m very excited because this time the prayer will be led by a combination of staff and lay people. Here is how you can participate in the morning prayer. Dial (712) 775-7031 and then enter the Access Code: 111576270. It is important for you to know that this is considered a long distant phone call. Please make sure you have either a good long distance plan or can use your cell phone.
And finally, on Sunday, August 9th, after the 11:00 a.m. service, Nathan Ealy, our consultant from Horizons Stewardship, will share with all of us the findings from the Stewardship Audit conducted in early June. Nathan met with eight different groups, representing a cross section of our congregation, to get a sense of our mission, ministries, and financial giving practices. Out of those meetings Nathan created a report with very important insights about who we are and how we can meet the missional and financial challenges in front of us. Nathan has been hired to work directly with the staff and the Finance, Stewardship and Endowment committees. I am very excited for all the help Nathan will give our congregation for the next six months as we work on a plan to improve our spiritual understanding of generosity. We will have light refreshments in Fellowship Hall during Nathan’s presentation. I hope to see you there.
I want to leave you with a thought from Nelson Mandela that I always find challenging and inspiring, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”