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Known For Service

A.W. Tozer wrote that we should be known by the following: “What we want most, what we think about most, how we use our money, what we do with our leisure time, the company we enjoy, who and what we admire, and what we laugh at.” While reputation is important, we also want to be known for Whom and why we serve. I thank God for all servant-leaders in our church, whether in the “laity” or as vocational pastors. They all do it for Jesus.

We are thrilled to announce that we have a Middle School Pastor coming in view of a call in two weeks. Greg Clydesdale and his wife, Amy, are heart-deep in student ministry with that challenging age group in a large church in Louisiana. He is truly called to Middle School ministry. Please be praying for him, his family, his church, and his youth group there in Louisiana.

We continue to search for a pastor to minister to College and Young Single Professionals, as well as another individual to minister to the next level of Single Adults. Individuals have been interviewed by phone, but God has not yet opened doors for further discussion.

Be prepared for our Summer Sunday Schedule change to a Sunday 9:30am worship time only. The obvious decrease in attendance after the season demands that we have a critical mass and a united worship experience. We thank God for our large worship center, which is not usually big enough in the season, but can be overwhelming in the summer at 11:00am. I appreciate the adaptability and sweet spirit of those who usually come at the later hour of worship. Consolidation for a few months helps us to make new friends, inject a new spirit into the bloodstream of the Body, and enhance the overall experience. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

We are grateful for the counseling ministry of our church. Recently, Miss Alicia Diller submitted her resignation as our Biblical Counseling Associate, serving 6 1/2 years here and under the supervision of Rev. Steve Hayes. Alicia is praying about the next step in her life.

It is appropriate that as we come to the completion next week of the “Higher Ground” sermon series from the Psalms of Ascent, that we focus on unity (Psalm 133) and service (Psalm 134). May we all “bless the Lord” (134:1) just as He has “blessed us forevermore” (133:3).

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