May Newsletter

Pastor’s Ponderings


Thank you to all who made our Easter services so special. The music was fabulous with the choir singing the first twenty minutes of the morning services. We had a great crowd and two indicated they got saved. Two more joined with us. The evening service was special as we had a hymn sing and testimony time. Again, thanks to all who made the day so special.


By the time you read this, the Student Auction will be finished. I again want to thank all who worked so hard to make it happen. Many companies donated items, and I encourage you to support those businesses. We are praying for another successful year that will enable young people to go to camp who would not have been able to go. These fund also help the Student Ministries with year-round expenses, and we are truly grateful for you kind giving.


Last month I mentioned an article by Thom Rainer, “Why I Attend Church”. He gave ten reasons, and this month we look at numbers 3 and 4.

  1. I attend church to encourage my pastor. I doubt many of us know how much our pastors serve us and love us seven days a week. The least I can do for my pastor is to be there in person when we gather as a church. I know it encourages my pastor, and I want our pastors to have that gift of encouragement every week.
  2. I attend church to state my priorities. If I am able to go to work, to go to school, to go on vacation, or to watch or be involved in a sport, I can attend church. I desire to have a “no excuse” clause in my life for attending church.


May might be the busiest month of the year in the life of our church. The teens attend a youth conference on the 4th, and the Ladies’ Bible Study will be Tuesday, May 7.

Out student ministries will have award night on May 8, and everyone will be in the auditorium. The following night our Young Adults play volleyball, and Friday the 10th our Golden Agers will take a train trip to Grapevine.

Mother’s Day falls on the 12th, and all the ladies will meet in the Family Life Center for brunch at 9:45am. During the 11:00 we will have Baby Dedication (though no one has signed up as of April 24).

Outreach is May 14, and all Teen and Children workers will have an appreciation meal on the 15th at 6:30. The teens will have Video Game Night on the 17th, and this is always a big draw for visitors! Graduation Sunday is May 19. We will honor all graduates in the morning service and have special displays for our high school graduates in the Family Life Center after the evening service. The Young Adults will fellowship again on the 23rd, the Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study is the 25th, and the last Sunday is Memorial Day Weekend. As I post all these events, I pray we understand that being busy is not always spiritual. While we have a lot of events, if our focus is not on Jesus Christ, we lose. With all these fellowships, let’s make sure and set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. ******************** Beginning April 28, I will preach a new series entitled The Walk: Measuring Our Maturity. I am basing it on all of the New Testament verses that speak of our “walk.” A few of these verses include: Ephesians 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, Ephesians 4:17  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 6Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) Colossians 2:6-7 6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. We hope to see you at church for this series! ******************** I have asked from the beginning for you to pray for me and my family in five areas. Thank you for doing so, and please continue to plead with God that I would have: 1) Courage 2) Wisdom 3) Strength 4) Victory 5) Vision