Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope this letter finds you living in love toward God and your neighbors. We have so much to be thankful for as his people!
If you missed the sermon on Sunday, you can now access Living Simply (9 of 10) at our website and iTunes. I know many of you were encouraged and challenged by a sermon that addressed the role money and possessions play in our lives. It’s not always easy to know the way forward, but I trust that you’re listening and responding to God’s voice about your own situation.
This past Sunday we also announced that Nathan Rosentrator will be stepping down as our Youth & Young Adult Pastor at the end of May. His final Sunday will be May 28. We will be hosting an appreciation luncheon for Nathan after the service that morning. Please mark your calendars for this event.
As I said at the end of the service, Nathan and I recently agreed together that God is calling him to something else. Nathan believes that may be teaching and coaching in a local school, which is what he was seeking before coming to Grantham. In the meantime, please join me in praying for God’s direction in his life. And pray for our youth and their parents as they process this news.
I met with the Youth Commission last night to take the first steps in the search process for a new Youth & Young Adult Pastor. We are praying for God’s wisdom as we seek to have the position filled before school starts in the fall. We are hopeful that God is already at work and will lead us to someone that can help us move forward with how the Spirit is moving in our church.
Also, I wanted you to know that our search process for a full-time Worship Arts Pastor is in its final stages. Please pray that God would continue guiding the Worship Commission, and that his Spirit would confirm his will with us and the candidate. We should be able to share the identity of our new Worship Arts Pastor sometime next month.
This Sunday we will be concluding our Roots series with core value #10 that states: “We confess our dependence upon God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with him by living prayerfully.”  In a message entitled, Relying on God (10 of 10), we will be reminded that we can’t live the Christian life operating out of our own strength. We need the power and presence of God at work in our lives. Through prayer we show our dependence upon his Spirit. And of course, the same goes for our life together as a congregation.
Finally, as we face several transitions and changes this year, may we be a church that is committed to prayer, revealing our total reliance upon God for the good things he wants to give us. I look forward to seeing you in worship this Palm Sunday. Next week I’ll be sharing more details about our services for Holy Week and Easter.
Grace & Peace,
Pastor David

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