Blessings to you in this Easter Season!
As I began to write this article I am awestruck at the fact that we are already in the midst of Holy Week. It seems as if the Lenten Season has passed by so very quickly. I pray that throughout Lent you took the opportunity to be in the Lord’s house for our special Midweek Lenten services which were centered on the theme, “Our Suffering Savior.” These services were intended to help us reflect on our sinfulness, repent of those sins, and then see the love of God shown to us in Jesus’ sacrificial offering of His body and blood for the forgiveness of those sins.
By the time this newsletter is out we will have also celebrated the joy of our Easter celebration. Jesus, having suffered all in the giving of His life as the ransom for sinful humanity, did not remain in that cold, dark tomb where He was placed. Instead, He rose from the dead and claimed total victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil. What a wonderful event this is for us to celebrate as people of God and a Christian community. Because we know that Jesus lives and will reign for all eternity as Lord of all, we to will be raised and live with Him in everlasting glory. “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am there you may be also.” (John 14:1-4) He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
Now that we are through the multitude of services and activities that began on Ash Wednesday and ended on Easter, what are we to look towards as we move forward? First of all, we will have a Special Voter’s Meeting on Sunday, April 8th, to deal with necessary church business prior to our regular Voter’s Meeting on May 6th. Then on May 6th we will be electing Church officers for the next year to serve as leaders of Emmanuel. Please consider being at those two important congregational events.
Other activities which are in the early planning stages are Confirmation Sunday May 20th, Vacation Bible School, Red Cross Blood Mobile, Church Extension Fund Workshop on Charitable Giving, and a possible date to have musician David Paul Britton here at Emmanuel.
If we are going to do some of these events for our members and as outreach activities for our community we will need volunteers. Please prayerful consider how your gifts, talents, and treasures you have been given, might assist to enhance our Christ-centered ministry at Emmanuel.” Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:7-8).
Lastly, I continue to be greatly concerned about the large number of Emmanuel members who are not worshiping with us on a regular basis, nor are actively involved in the ongoing ministry we have been called by our Lord to do as a congregation. If you know people who fit into this category, I would ask you to please visit with them, or get me connected to them, so we can reestablish a healthy Christian relationship with these saints. We are brothers and sisters in Christ and we are all members of one body, with Jesus as our Head. Let us care for one another in love as Jesus has taught us.
April is National Volunteer Month and I would like to send out a sincere “Thank You” to all of the volunteers who give of their time, talents, and treasures selflessly to the Lord’s mission and ministry here at Emmanuel. You are a true blessing to Christ and His Church.
God’s richest blessings to each of you, as together we work, to the glory of God and to the building of His Kingdom.