Sisters and brothers,
Happy Monday to all! It was great to be together yesterday to worship on a snowy Sunday. We know many of you could not be here because of the weather and all of us understand that. We don’t want anyone to take unnecessary chances on the roads when the driving might be unsafe. However, we want you to know we missed you! Those who could be here considered the things we should value and give our energies toward from Matthew 6. We should make sure that we serve God alone and never bow to the idol of money and things. Then, because we serve God alone, we need to give our energies and resources to seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness. We need to be careful that we are not robbed of our energies by anxious worry about the future. Our energies need to be directed toward loving God, walking with and serving Him and His children, and serving others in Jesus’ name. Don’t value what is not of eternal value. Don’t be robbed of effectiveness in living today by anxious concern about tomorrow. Value eternal treasures by seeking above all else the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
We will observe the Lord’s Supper during our morning worship next Sunday, February 24th. Our next Pot Luck luncheon will be after worship on March 3rd.
We will begin a men’s short-termed small group study called, “The Call to Courageous Manhood” on Wednesday, March 6th. It will led by David Juhlin and held at David and Annette Juhlin’s home. You can contact David or me with any questions about the men’s group.
I wanted to include this announcement Carla made yesterday during worship about the previously planned women’s small group study:
“After doing some follow-up on the author of the book, I have some concerns about her beliefs. Therefore, we will not do this study. I’m conflicted as to what to do now. If you have some suggestions, please let me know. I apologize for the late notice.”
Remember to continually pray for each other.
Love being your pastor!
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church