Sunday, July 22, 2018
Day Camp Begins Tomorrow!
Day Camp begins tomorrow! I am very grateful to each of you for your generous support of our program. God is giving us the opportunity to impact the lives of children in our city in a significant way this week. The mission statement of our congregation is "Sharing the good news of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ." This is why we exist. One of the things that I know about healthy and growing congregations is that they clearly articulate their mission and stick to it. In these congregations, every decision is weighed according to whether or not it advances the mission. Things that do not advance the mission become a "no" and things which do advance the mission become a resounding "YES!" Becoming "mission centered" is a process which does not happen overnight. However, every time we do things like Day Camp, I see us moving in that direction.
Please pray every day this week for our Day Camp - the counselors, volunteers, and especially the students. Experiences like this in which children come to know their Savior can have eternal consequences for them. Prayer is needed. Moving forward in the Church often requires us to take a step back and reexamine our history. Part of the drift that has occurred in Christianity in America in recent decades is that we have too frequently relied on ourselves and the programs we have developed to accomplish those things which God has promised to do. When we read the book of Acts, we see that the Apostles and early church members bathed everything they did in prayer - knowing that it is our heavenly Father Who does the work if it is to succeed. As we take up our work this week, may prayer be at the center of our efforts.
In Christ Jesus,