Currently, we have raised approximately $50,000 for our Kitchen/Bathroom remodeling project. Once $75,000 has been raised we can begin the project.
"Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more…” (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 NIV)
We are family! Some of you may remember that song by Sister Sledge from the disco era of the late 1970’s. But the truth is that we in the church are family. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Throughout the Scriptures in the New Testament we read about the Apostle Paul and others emphasizing the family relationships we have in the Church and encouraging love for each other. When Jesus was preparing His disciples for His impending death when they gathered for the Last Supper in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, He gave them a new commandment to “Love one another” (John 13:34) and then went on to say, “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
We celebrate the family relationships we have with birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. During the month of May we will have opportunities to focus on our church family relationships in a sermon series I’m calling “All in the Family.” We will remember and celebrate our mothers on Mothers’ Day (May 8th). We will welcome our Confirmation Class into the church family on May 15th. We will celebrate our graduates on May 22nd and on Memorial Day weekend we will remember our loved ones who have passed away, especially those who gave their lives in service to our nation. This thought of celebrating family first came to me when I was visiting Glen and Elna Maphis in the hospital and saw how their “adopted” children and grandchildren surrounded them with love in their time of need. Glen’s passing has brought his family and all of us so much sorrow, but also a demonstration of how much we love one another. I also lost my Dad just a year ago in May, so I understand the pain and grief of this loss, but have felt such great love from other brothers and sisters in Christ in amazing ways during this past year.