Dear Church Family,
Thank you to everyone who has responded to my request to use your gifts to help with projects around the church buildings and grounds. It is good to see small but important projects getting completed and the love with which you are doing them. Contact the office or talk with me if you want to share your gifts and time.
I also want to thank everyone who is calling on friends and church family to let them know how much you care. Jesus calls us to love one another. Let me know if you would like to join in calling on our friends who need some encouragement and support.
Many are responding well to the current sermon series, where we are basically doing a bible study of Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica. It’s a church that he started and he knew they were facing extreme challenges and persecution. He is offering encouragement and hope in Jesus. He is praising them for their faithfulness and encouraging them to take their faith to the next level.
This week we will deal with issues that Paul addresses about the afterlife and our hope in Jesus. We are not sure if people are asking him questions or if he just feels the need to deal with the questions that he thinks they might have. One of the challenges for us reading today is that we live in a world where so many people want to read their “spin” into Paul’s words to the point where it is often hard to understand what Paul is trying to say to the church he is writing to. It’s a little like trying to cut through all the political spins on issues today to uncover the real story. On Sunday we will try to unpack what Paul’s words were saying to the people who heard them in the church at Thessalonica and then see what they can mean for our lives today. I believe we will find them to be words of hope, faith and light.
As we will share on Sunday, sometimes our world can change with a phone call or conversation. Everything we had planned gets put on hold as we respond to the need that someone we love is hurting and needs us to be there for them. At times like this we are reminded of what is really important. I am so thankful for our church family at times like this where we pray for one another, are there for one another and love one another. That is what it means to be the church. So this Sunday let’s be the church, gathered to pray, sing, and worship together as we share our hope in Jesus.