Today the President deemed churches as essential business. Funny….I was told church wasn’t essential and should stay closed. I guess the President disagrees, I agree with the President. 2 more weeks and we can get back to services. I can’t wait to see my church family again!
Sooooo much has changed since my post of October 1st.
Our church is healing. We are in the process of organizing a pastor search committee. Most of the deacons that stepped down have been brought back, after much prayer. We’re in the process of repairing our worship ministry. We have had some wonderful pulpit fills. God is definitely working in our church. Our family is restored, or getting there. A few families that were run off have started to trickle back in. We have youth and children in our church again, which is wonderful. It’s astounding the damage one person can do to a church and equally as astounding is the healing hand of God.
As a kid I was raised Lutheran. One of the things I miss most about no longer going to a Lutheran church is the traditions and celebrations of the church holidays. I remember Palm Sunday when I was a kid all of us kids got to go to “big church” back then kids went to their own service, separate from the main service, Anyway, I remember we carried in palm branches and lay them down in front of the alter, leading the Pastor into the church. Today, in the church I go to now, I doubt it will be mentioned. But then again, having been raised Lutheran, I wish we did more to celebrate the holy days of Passion Week….Which starts today btw.
This video is adorable.
So, what ever you do, or don’t, celebrate…..Have a wonderful Sunday
I’m a few days behind on my a-z posts. I had a hard time coming up with an H post. I could have skipped it and come back to it later but I’m way to OCD (thanks mom) (don’t worry she doesn’t read my blog) So as I was working on some things for another blog I put my earbuds in and turned on the iPod and on comes Chris Tomlin! Hello! I have my H!
How Great is Our God…I mean seriously HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD! Chris is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve seen him live 3 times!
How great is our God
Stress!! No, stress is NOT awesome. This has been an incredibly stressful 4 days. As you may have seen in my previous post, we had a wild fire burning very close to town. We’ve been watching all the updates and listening to the press conferences and things are looking better and better. This morning we were given an official 30% containment. Still under the pre-evacuation notice while the clean up and maintain the fire line on the north side of the fire but it’s been holding for 2+ days and they are confident the fire won’t progress past the line towards town. So I’ll just say, I’m sure we won’t be evacuated.
So…The things that are awesome…well 30% containment and good news regarding the fire.
People, men and women, who put their lives on the line to fight these fires for us.
Fighting from the ground
Fighting from the air
Let’s face it….We’ve all been the new kid on the block. Whether it has been a new neighborhood, a new school, or even a new church bible study class. I’ve been there many times in my life. Recently, 2 years ago, I was the new kid, or adult kid, in a new church, in a new class. Now….I haven’t had much luck in churches, making friends and such. I am very shy and introverted. Any attention put on me is cause for panic. So I’ve had a rough time making friends and getting to know people (My whole life really). Thankfully for me this church makes it easy to make friends, which I have and I love them all to pieces.
Yesterday a new girl walked into our church. She wasn’t sure where to go or what class she should be in. Well that is really a personal choice, there are several awesome classes, the class I’m in is perfectly awesome. So I asked the confused girl if she needed help and she said she wasn’t sure where she was going. So I asked her age, close to mine, so I said “follow me” and brought her to my class and introduced her to my friends.
So many times I have needed that. Someone to step up and say “Hey you’re new come be my friend” So many times it hasn’t happened, to me or others like me. We get forgotten, we’re the nameless people in the room. (FYI, I don’t feel this way at my current church) so it really felt good to step out of my comfort zone and lend a hand 🙂
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family. We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.
We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.