Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

I pray that you are living in love toward others as Christ loves you and gave his life for you.

If you missed last Sunday’s message, you can now listen to Greg Boyd’s message on peace and non-violence in a sermon entitled, Pursuing Peace (8 of 10). It was an honor to hear Greg share what is definitely the most challenging core value of the Brethren in Christ.

Thank you for your warm welcome of Greg’s ministry and message. The whole service was very special to me. I felt the Spirit among us from beginning to end. I hope that you were encouraged, as well as challenged, by what we experienced together.

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we look at core value #9 on living uncluttered lives so that we can be freed up to give to others and serve those in need.

In this week’s letter, I wanted to let you know of a few changes to commissions. As most of you know, our commissions are small teams of volunteers who help give support to church staff and the corresponding ministries (e.g. Worship Commission, Youth Commission, Discipleship, etc.). Normally we deal with any changes to commissions at Congregational Council (CC) in November, but sometimes we have changes during the year that we need to make you aware of so you can update your information and prayerfully support the people and ministries of the church.

At the last CC in November, we had not yet secured the chair position of the Youth Commission. We are happy to report that Lindsay Young is now serving in that role. The Missions, Peace & Service Commission (MPS) has some new additions as well. Otto Monroy and Madi Keaton have joined MPS. Rich Stuebing chairs the MPS.

Also, the Church Board was recently informed that Jennifer Whitcomb is stepping down due to some exciting and unexpected ways God has been at work in the life of her family. We have blessed her in their efforts to follow God’s leading into the next season of family life. We’re grateful for the time that Jennifer served our church in various ways, especially as secretary of the board.

Lori Frick has graciously agreed to take on the role of secretary. The Ministries Team (nomination committee) is in the process of recommending a person to the Church Board who can serve in Jennifer’s place until the next CC at the end of the year. We will let you know the replacement as soon as the process is complete.

Finally, I’d like to ask specific prayers for the Church Board and Staff in the coming days and months. We are working hard to discern how God is at work in our church, and how we can best be facilitators of his Spirit. A healthy, growing church our size needs strong servant-leadership, as well as organizational systems and processes that allow for efficient and effective ministry. When there are needs, we want to respond in a timely manner. You may know that the first “deacons” (servants) were called out because of an immediate need within the church (Acts 6:1-7).

It’s easy to be impatient and unintentionally run ahead of how God is leading. We certainly don’t want that. Instead, we want to be in step and in sync with God as a church. We want to move with the Spirit and keep up with where and how he is moving, because there is a holy momentum the Spirit generates within a congregation that is joyfully receiving his blessings.

To use a surfing metaphor, we want to ride the wave of his Spirit. I’ve never surfed in my life, but I have seen others do it. I don’t care much for water (except for drinking it). So, riding a wave sounds and looks a bit scary to me. It can be the same with the Spirit at work in the church. But here’s the thing… when you’re standing on a rock-solid board (Jesus) and the wind and momentum of the Spirit is propelling you across the water and waves of space and time, you can rest easy. We can trust the one who moves us forward into God’s good future.

Please pray that God will make his will known as we respond to how his Spirit is at work among us. And rejoice with us in what God is doing at Grantham Church.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

P.S. Remember that we have a Lenten Taize service tonight at 6:00 p.m.. I hope you will consider joining us for a time prayer and reflection. Stay tuned for more details concerning our upcoming Holy Week services and events.

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