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A Word of Thanks

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Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”  I like the confidence of this verse. Faith will pass from generation to generation.  God will always have his people.

I know that is our prayer for the children of our church family. As adults, it is our privilege and responsibility to “commend” to the next generation the wonderful things God has done for us in Christ. 

One of the ways we do that at WEFC is through our children’s ministry and the many people who give of their time to invest in this next generation. The fruit of their investment is often seen long after these children become adults.

With that in mind, I would like to thank two people who have poured themselves out for the children who have made their way through the doors of our church building.

For the past three years, Sharan Crabtree has been our Director of Children’s Ministry. 

Sharan gave oversight to our children’s ministry and coordinated a rather large team of volunteers needed to care well for our children. It is a challenging job to recruit, equip and encourage a large team of volunteers, but Sharan did it with grace and diligence. 

Most of all, Sharan’s love for Christ and for the kids of WEFC was evident through her warm smile and the joy with which she served. I know that the kids and their parents felt the warmth of God’s love through Sharan’s warm embrace and her enthusiasm for what she did.

Sharan is stepping down from her role as Director of Children’s Ministry on July 7. We will have an opportunity during the Sunday morning service on Sunday, July 4 to recognize and thank her. Thank you, Sharan for all you did to bless our church family.

For the past twelve years, Heather Dzubin has been the Director of our Bright Beginnings Preschool (BBP BBP has been a long-standing ministry to three- and four-year old children in our church and in our community. In fact, most of our students have come from families outside of our church family. It has long been a great outreach into our community. 

During Heather’s tenure as director, the school has flourished. Her leadership and guidance of BBP has prepared these children for the next step in their education. 

BBP has also given some of the children their first introduction to God and his love for them.  They learned about God in the lessons that were taught. The greatest lesson taught by Heather and her team was the “lesson” the kids experienced through the love that was expressed.

Heather has stepped down from this role to pursue other opportunities in education. Thank you, Heather, for all you did to lead our BBP. 

Psalm 145:4 reminds us that God’s work is never in vain.  We know that God has used both Sharan and Heather to shape the lives of the next generation.  To God be the glory!  “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

A Prayer Request

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I once read a devotional by A. W. Tozer called “Why People Find the Bible Difficult to Read.”  His premise was that too often the Bible is read just like any other book. Therein lies the problem. 

The Bible is not just like any other book. It is supernatural. Or as the author to Hebrews puts it, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Therefore, Paul says that “The natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him and he is not able to understand them for they are spiritually discerned”  (1 Corinthians 1:14). 

Tozer writes, “In natural matters faith follows evidence and is impossible without it, but in the realm of the spirit faith precedes understanding; it does not follow it.  The natural man must know in order to believe; the spiritual man must believe in order to know.”

Where does this leave us? It leaves us calling upon God to send his Holy Spirit so that our eyes might be opened and our hearts might believe. 

Paul says it well in Titus 3:4-7. “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Pray this week that God would release his Holy Spirit among us so that we might receive the inner renewal that comes from reading God’s Word. 

Pray daily that the Spirit of God would fall fresh upon your heart? 

Pray earnestly that the Spirit of God would move freely in our church family so that we might are conformed by God’s Word and transformed into the people God wants us to be? 

Pray that the Spirit of God would be evident in our gathering this coming Sunday for the glory of Jesus Christ!

Pray daily for the filling of the Holy Spirit!

First Sunday Reflections

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“First Sundays”...that is what we are calling the first Sunday of each month this summer. On the first Sunday of each month, we are holding our worship service under the tent followed by a picnic.

Even though it was very hot on Sunday, the time together was truly special.

As we slowly come out of the isolation of the past fifteen months, the prospect of being together on a regular basis is encouraging and life giving.

There are two thoughts that are sitting with me in light of this past Sunday. 

First, I thought of how the New Testament refers to the church as “the body of Christ.” We are the visible presence of Christ on earth. That is a profound truth and there is a lot of mystery wrapped up in that truth.

Over the past fifteen months, we have all benefited from the digital church experience. It has been a blessing and it has opened new opportunities for the church that will no doubt last beyond COVID. 

But I was reminded on Sunday that there is something about being together as “the body.” Church was meant to be embodied. There is something about worshiping together, praying together, eating together that can only be fully captured when we are “in body” together. 

As we make our way back from this prolonged fifteen months of “hibernation,” I hope you come to savor and relish the beauty of the body of Christ – the church gathered - and the blessing that is gained from being together. 

I am looking forward to when we are all back together again.

The second thought I took from Sunday has to do with our witness. I loved the idea that our neighbors could see and hear us gathered for worship. 

I know of one neighbor who was walking by during the service and was approached by someone in our church. After a brief conversation with this neighbor, the person from our church prayed with her. 

Now, every time she walks past the church, she won’t just see a church building but she will have a face to go with it. She will not just see the image of an institution, but she will see a congregation of people. And most of all, she will have felt cared for and loved. 

That is the church “incarnated.” That is the church in flesh dwelling among the people of the community. I pray for more encounters like that this coming summer.

It just felt good to be together! 

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