Spring is Sneaking In

Like many of you, I am growing weary of snow and ice. The weather has certainly wreaked havoc with our church schedule and plans, and I always hate to make decisions about canceling or postponing worship services and funerals. Through it all, however, I am grateful to those members who have responded to requests to shovel snow/ice and make it safer to get our members to the church for scheduled activities and times of worship. Thanks also for the flexibility you have shown when the weather has forced adjustments to our plans, and we will be very appreciative if you will help us make up for the offerings we missed when we had to cancel worship on March 1.

With all the winter weather, however, I feel like a very busy spring is sneaking up on us. You will notice that this newsletter is filled with announcements and upcoming opportunities for worship, ministry, and fellowship.

In particular, I encourage you to note a couple opportunities to support God’s work financially. During the Lent and Easter seasons, we promote our Easter Missions Offering to support missionaries and missions work in North America and around the world. You again have the option to support the Global Missions Offering of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship or the Annie Armstrong Offering of the Southern Baptist Convention. Envelopes for both offerings can be found in the pew racks in the sanctuary. Our church goal for this offering is $2,000, and I feel confident that we can collect at least that much to support the spreading of the Gospel.

I also invite you to note the announcement about the CROP Hunger Walk and to take advantage of the opportunity to support hunger ministries here at home and around the world. We have a large group of church members participating in the walk. Please prayerfully consider seeking out one or more of these walkers to make a contribution to support hunger relief. We live in a world where the disparity between the haves and have-nots grows wider each year, and those of us blessed to have more than enough are called by the Gospel to feed the hungry and care for the poor. The CROP Hunger Walk is one of many ways we as a congregation work to fulfill this responsibility.

In addition to the offering of our financial resources to missions and ministry, please make plans to join us for our annual Operation Inasmuch on April 18. The Missions Team is working diligently to organize projects that will allow us to serve and make a difference in our community. We hope to see many of you as we spend the day doing God’s work and being the presence of Christ for those who live in our area.

Blessings,
Bill