Dear Fellow Redeemed,
What a blessed day it is, as the weather is unbelievable, especially for this time of the year. Once again, I have the wonderful opportunity to share some valuable information with you, the members of Emmanuel, and with all who may have the chance to read our monthly newsletter.
We are coming to the end of the summer season and are moving closer towards the transition into fall. Soon we will be celebrating Labor Day and then it will be the beginning of the school year for the students and staff in our area. As I talk to many of the youth in our congregation, I have not gotten the feeling they are overly anxious about ending their summer vacation and jumping back into the classroom. In fact, I am not sure how many of those who are teachers are overly excited to get back into the school routine. Yet, I have to admit what a blessing it is, that we as citizens of this great nation have access to both public and private educational systems. For many people throughout the world getting a formal education is not a feasible or realistic option.
As we center our attention on the beginning of the new school year, I would also like to take the opportunity to remind each of you about the beginning of our new educational schedule here at Emmanuel. As in the past, we will be kicking off the new year with a Rally Day event. This will take place on Sunday, September 9th. On that day we will have David Paul Britton lead our service with his musical talent and words of praise, confession, forgiveness, and thanksgiving. It is being planned as a service of inspiration which I hope will motivate our members to make a God-pleasing commitment to be in worship, in the study of God’s Word, and in prayer on a regular basis. We will also have a blessing of backpacks that day.
The day will begin with Bible class and Sunday school at 9:00 am followed by an outdoor service, weather permitting, at 10:30. After the worship service we will be enjoying a potluck picnic and time of visiting, in our fellowship hall and/or outside, if the conditions are favorable. Watch for the notices and plan your schedule to be here that morning for the start of a new year of Christ-centered learning.
We will continue to have a Bible study class on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in our fellowship hall. There will be a Wednesday morning class offered at 9:00 am in the purple class room upstairs. We will also be meeting again for a Men’s Saturday morning Bible Breakfast at 8:00 am in our fellowship hall. This is a great way for the men of our congregation to see how God’s Word applies to their lives as Christian husbands, fathers, grandfathers, and men of God, who have been called to be the spiritual leaders of their families and congregations. All Men, please consider attending this wonderful activity, where you will be fed with God’s precious Word for your soul and great food for your body.
I must stress to you how important it is for us to search and study the Holy Scriptures as Luke wrote in Acts 17:10-11, “As soon as night had fallen, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true.” We also read in I Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” If we do not immerse ourselves in Scripture, how can we possibly give a solid defense of what we believe as Christians?
On another note, the Board of Elders and I continue to reach out to those members who have not been actively involved in our congregation and its ministries. If you have a family member or friend who has been disconnected from Emmanuel, please visit with them and encourage them to contact me or their elder, so we might be able to assist in reconnecting these saints with our church family. It is our desire to minister to each person in a loving and caring manner, and to feed them spiritually, so they can continue to grow in their Christian faith.
God bless, Pastor McCarty