From Our Pastor

Rolling River Rampage

Posted 12 July, 2018 by Pastor Keith Ritchie

This year's Vacation Bible School, "Rolling River Rampage," is about to begin! This week of VBS, which promises "the ride of a lifetime with God," begins Monday morning and lasts all of next week. More than one hundred children, plus a great host of volunteers, will fill the Uptown Ministry Center. If you have not yet seen the pictures of the Ministry Center as it is being prepared for VBS, I encourage you to go to the church Facebook page and see the Ministry Center in all its VBS glory! For our weekly staff meeting, we met in the Ministry Center and prayed over the ministry of VBS. I hope you have been praying for this ministry as well and will continue to do so. As you do so, remember the theme verse for this year's VBS: "when you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you..."

I thank you for your response to the church's efforts work with Piedmont Community Services following a recent fire at PCS apartments. Many of you have responded with financial help; many of you have volunteered to prepare meals for about forty displaced residents of these apartments. I remind you there is still opportunity to help prepare meals for the next two weeks. This is done in conjunction with the Lunch Bunch ministry each Tuesday and Thursday morning. These meals are prepared in to-go boxes which are then picked up by PCS and delivered to the apartment residents. As recovery from this fire is envisioned to take many months, keep these neighbors in prayer and be open to those ways in which God may be calling us to minister to these neighbors.

Those of us who helped with the Health Care Collaborative we hosted last November will remember this as a blessed and inspired ministry of outreach. As we prepare to host this event again on November 3, we will hold our first planning meeting on July 18. I share this so that you will keep this ministry in prayer, and so that you may set November 3 aside so as to volunteer in any number of ways in support of this health care event.

As we worship this Sunday, we share from Mark 6:14-29. It truly is a story of good and evil, as King Herod gets rid of the forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist. Certainly there are happier stories within the Bible, but this story reminds us of challenges before us all when we seek to be faithful to God. Namely, though we seek to live according to this good news, such news is not always readily received.

As we recall the message of Ray Harm, our Finance Chair, as shared in our most recent newsletter, remember you have opportunity to support the witness of the church by way of online giving. You may do so by of going to the online giving page here on our website. Thank you!