March 27, 2014
It was a great feeling to be able to enjoy our beautifully renovated building, with the major construction project finished. In the end, we did far more than we originally planned as our faithful God provided in abundance. Please keep praying; there are still a few projects yet to tackle!
God has blessed us with a wonderful facility, and the church family keeps growing. It was a year of visitors, new church members and people getting saved. I praise God for allowing me to pastor and to be a part of such a sweet and caring congregation. As you well know, living Godís word and loving Godís people is something that I try and emphasize in every message. It just may be working!
It was also a year of needed organization to meet the demands of our growing church. The teachers, ushers, and cleaners all held meetings and put systems and procedures in place to better serve our people.
In August we lost a dear brother in Christ. Ad Benware went to be with the Lord Jesus. We thank God for his life of faithfulness and his dear family.
My faith wavered a bit when I invited Bro. Don Davis to speak at our Missions Revival, not knowing if he would be healthy enough to make the trip North with his dear wife. Apparently, Bro. Don had all the faith required as he preached with strength and energy to build up our missions program. Bro. Don prayed his way to victory over two types of cancer and several procedures. Praise God!
The year ended with a fierce Winter and a church full, and sometimes not so full, of people with sickness. The Childrenís Christmas program was just the right medicine. The teachers worked hard, the children were adorable, and Sam Klungler won an Olivet Oscar for his role as a modern day scrooge who lived on Cranky Street.
All in all, it was a hard year for a lot of folks. Thank God for His mercy and grace and for all of you who faithfully helped each other through the challenges.
Pastor Joe Scearbo