It’s November, the temperature drops, the wind blows, high school playoffs, deer hunting, the list can go on and on. I tend to think of this term, “I’m busy.” There are many things that happen in a church during November: budgets are being calculated, the snowbirds go south, people walk up to the pastor and tell him that they don’t want to be on “that” committee anymore, and did I mention deer hunting?
I spend plenty of time behind a windshield which allows me to think about the happenings of the church. I also have been noticing the increase of people who have been sitting in the pews. It is great to see you all. How many of you have thought about being on a committee, how many of you have been on a committee so long that you have lost your motivation? How many of you have never been a part at all? Did you know that committee members are supposed to hold their seat for three years? (I tend to say this with a small grin.)
As each of you begins thinking about how and where your strengths can be used in the church, think of these questions: Is your church important to you? Do you ever think or complain about what is happening? I want people of the congregation to be a part of the ministry; as Uncle Sam says, “I WANT YOU!”
We are in a transition; we are searching for ways to break down the walls of our church. We are developing and implementing new missions, and this is exciting!
Over the month of November, there will be ways of supporting your church. We will be sending out pledge cards, take a moment and fill them out. If you can give just a little more that would be great. I, along with some people from the nominations committee, will be asking some of you to serve. Please pray about where you can be a part of the church in other ways, this is appreciated. These commitments tend to be around an hour or two a month.
Use these words from Paul’s Epistle to the Romans:
Living sacrifice and transformed lives
12 So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service.