From Our Pastor


Posted 16 August, 2018 by Pastor Keith Ritchie

If you have not previously volunteered for the ministries of the food bank or clothes closet, this Saturday is a great time to do so. You are invited to come to the Uptown Ministry Center at 8:30am to share in a great time of working with others so as to help feed and clothe the needy in this community.

This Sunday, the Old Testament Lesson of I Kings 3 is before. There, we see God visit King Solomon in a dream, and we hear what Solomon asks of God: wisdom. What would you asks of God on this occasion? How does this king compare to other leaders?

Following the 11am service on August 26, we have the opportunity "officially" to welcome our new Director of Music Ministries, Jill Gardner. We have appreciated Jill's many musical gifts in worship for several months now, and just recently hired her full time. So I welcome this opportunity for us all meet and speak with Jill during a reception in the Fellowship Hall. I am thankful God has brought us all together within this body of Christ so as to worship and serve him.

Remember the opportunity for a lunchtime movie on next Tuesday. At noon in the Uptown Ministry Center "The Shack" will be shown. All are welcome - bring your lunch and enjoy some popcorn!

Monday afternoons at the church are about to get noisy and exciting! Children's choirs and puppets begin again this coming Monday afternoon. I look forward to all the holy commotion about to surround us then, and to seeing the ministries of children's choirs and puppets as part of services of worship in coming weeks.

I am grateful to have gone with Linda Adams to Albert Harris Elementary School this past week. The purpose of our visit was to deliver school supplies for the students there. The administration at the school is very appreciative of our relationship with the school and of the supplies and food we frequently deliver. While delivering these goods, Linda and I spoke of how great it would be to be able to deliver food to the school each week for students and families to enjoy over the weekend (we now do this at holidays, but there are students in need of such food every weekend.) To engage in such a ministry every weekend is an ambitious ministry, true, but perhaps a ministry in which we could share with other churches. I share this so that you may pray about such a ministry so as to see how such a ministry may be pursued.

Yesterday, I attended the monthly meeting of the Drug Free Martinsville/Henry County Coalition. While there, Katie Whitlow of Piedmont Community Services expressed her gratitude to churches and other agencies that have helped PCS and their clients in recent weeks following a fire at the PCS apartment complex. I share her gratitude for the way so many of you have responded so as to help our neighbors in this time of need.

I hope you are making plans to be a part of the "Living Faithfully" study beginning September 18. Books for this study are available in the church office.