I’m so excited for this summer! We have so many things to look forward to.
NEW STAFF. I talked a long time to Bro. Zack Roberts last week, and he said he can’t wait to be here! He’s eager to jump right into work, and I’m eager for you to show love and respect to him when he arrives.
SERMONS. I laid out the next several months of sermons and I’m thrilled about what’s coming up. The book of 1 Corinthians will carry us into some wonderful topics including the ordinances of the church, missions, and spiritual gifts. I’m working on special sermons for our anniversary service, and I can’t wait for an entire month to emphasize:
CONGREGATIONAL SINGING. We’re going to take six weeks off of choir and special music in order to devote every bit of music in our services to uniting in praise and worship. Churches used to be designed with the choir loft out of sight so that the focus would be more on the message than the performance, and we have quite a responsibility when we come to church to praise the Lord in truth. May 22 is when we’ll start.
EASTER. Of course, Easter is a highlight to this season. It’s not summer, but, to me, it kicks off our summer with a fresh emphasis on the reason for the season. No, I’m not talking about Christmas and the birth of Christ, but the special reminder of the resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
MISSIONS REVIVAL. Someone said, “Missions is the heartbeat of God,” and if we emphasize anything in our church, is should be missions. Taking the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is essential to what we are as a church, and our biggest emphasis this May will be our Missions Revival. I hope (and I’ve been seriously praying) that every member makes it to every service.
PROJECTS. We store up a lot of physical projects for the summer, and our main one this year will be a full carpet replacement. We are still waiting on our insurance, but it looks as if this water leak under our slab might have been a blessing in disguise. What started as a nightmare might end up paying for our full carpet replacement. We can hope and pray!
This is a little snapshot of what goes on around here. I’m so thankful for you, the people of Calvary Baptist Church, and I want everything we do to be for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
-Pastor Ryan Rench