Monday, March 24, 2014


Vacation Bible School is around the corner! Yes, I realize it is March and that our VBS is in June, but plans for the week are already in full swing. In two weeks, we have our annual VBS kickoff. Jeanne Carpenter, Becky Woodall and Jan Weaver always plan an exciting evening to get us ready for a great week of VBS. My favorite part is seeing all the wonderful people who volunteer their time, not only for the week of VBS, but for the preparation in advance.

Be in prayer for these extraordinary folks as they get ready to teach the children of our community about the love of Christ. Be in prayer for our church as we welcome the families of VBS children and seek ways to show them the gospel message. Be in prayer for the children as they come and, while having a super week, find out about the Savior.

It's never too early to pray for VBS!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seasons Pass

At the beginning of winter, it seemed everywhere I turned, I saw or heard phrases like, "Let it Snow," "I love the snow!" countdowns of how many days until Christmas, etc. Now, it's quite the reverse....I hear and see, "Die, Winter, Die!" countdown to Spring, "I hate snow," etc.

This brings several things to mind--1) We're never satisfied, or not for long, it seems--ha! 2) It's good to look ahead. 3) I'm so thankful for the variety of seasons.

Sometimes we feel as though the winter or stormy seasons of our lives will never end, too, and we long for brighter days. During these times, it is important to remember that we are not alone. The Bible has MANY verses of encouragement. The following are just a few of them: “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, sincerely and in truth.” Psalm 145:18; “The Lord upholds all those (of His own) who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:14; "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29. Seasons change, both in the weather, and in the events of our lives. God DOESN'T.