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Pastor's Corner

Our Pastor...................

                                                Pastor Jean Smith
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         Our Mission Statement................

           To Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring people into a saving
           relationship with him.

           To Nurture the spiritual growth of the congregation and:

           To Serve as Christ would in meeting the spiritual and physical needs
           of our community and world.

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Dear Friends,
     Summer is fast approaching and that means lots of fun in the sun.  It means vacations and picnics and time to spend outdoors because heaven knows we sure do need as much of that as we can get!
     While it is good for the soul to get away and get out in the fresh air, I want to encourage you to not neglect another aspect of our lives that is also good for our souls---church attendance.  I always become concerned  for the sheep who separate themselves from the flock for most if not an entire summer.  (And, yes, there are folks who do that!)  If you go away to camp on the weekends, at least attend church services where you are.  If you are on vacation on a Sunday, it is always fun to visit another church and see how they do things (perhaps you can bring back some fresh ideas for us).  The point is, it it never good to regularly neglect church attendance.  Like the sheep that wonders too far from the flock, we become vulnerable out there all alone and our walk with God is what suffers.  Our faith becomes weak and our commitment to serving Christ wanes.  Before we know it, we are no longer going to church at all.
     The writer to the Hebrews says we should not neglect church attendance, "and all the more as you see the Day approaching".   The Day we see approaching is the Day of the Lord when Jesus returns to set up his kingdom which will occur at a time we cannot predict.   However, we are also reminded that the Day Jesus comes for each of us is also unpredictable.  We only have a short time to serve him and to be a blessing to others in the church for we gather together to provoke one another and to love and do good deeds.  We encourage and bless one another.   We keep each other strong in faith and our love for Christ and our fellow Christians will continue to grow.  The old adage,  "Absence makes the heart grow stronger", does not hold true for us.  Absence pulls us further and further away.
      Although we do not have Sunday School during the summer, we will continue to hold both services all summer long.   So, if you have plans for a Sunday afternoon picnic, you can attend the early service and have all day for your picnic.  That way, you will not need the admonishment from the writer to the Hebrews not to neglect meeting together in church on Sundays.
      Happy Summer!  And see YOU in Church!

Embracing Grace,
                                                                                               Pastor Jean


                     Pastor Jean Smith                                         Wayne and Pastor Jean Smith
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