Dear Church Family,

This coming Sunday (9/10) and the following Wednesday (9/13) our church will be privileged to have Nathan McCravey, Jim Roberts, and Harold McConnell minister the Word to us. It is a great blessing to have so many men equipped by God serving our church. This will be Nathan’s first time to preach God’s Word to us as a member of our church serving in the role of Family Minister. I speak for all of us when I say we were helped and encouraged in a powerful way as he preached from 1 Corinthians 15 and I am confident the same will be true as he begins to lead us through the book of Mark in 1:1-9. Please join me in praying for these men as they stand before our church and open up the Bible.

Also, this coming Sunday (9/10) the tireless labors of the Long Range Planning Committee on the proposal for our church constitution, bylaws, and policies will be made available. We would ask you to take one set of documents per family and to review them closely. To help the process along, after reviewing them, please notify any member of the committee with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have before our next scheduled quarterly members’ meeting on 9/24 at 6:00 p.m. At that time, we will formally discuss the documents and any edits needed and vote on the finished product.

Please know that Terri Chitwood, Nadine Long, John Shoup, Leta Wann, Joyce Woodruff, Ed Abernathy, Janice Plummer, and Linda Ruth Smith—under the selfless (and fearless!) leadership of Bert Corr—have served our church beautifully throughout this whole process. The countless hours they have spent and the many papers they have carried back and forth demonstrate the great love they have for our church. Christy Hamlin has also graciously embraced the added responsibility of the clerical work this significant task has required. Please go out of your way to thank and encourage them for their work. Please join me in praying that these documents would serve our church well as they guide us in putting what we believe into practice.

Finally, Lord willing, a week from this Sunday (9/17), we will begin our study through the Minor Prophets, beginning with the first three chapters of the book of Hosea. The Twelve are often neglected and considered insignificant in comparison to the Major Prophets, but they are equally God’s Word and it is my prayer we will be helped and encouraged by them throughout this series. I try to always encourage you to read and meditate on the upcoming sermon text each week, but I would like to especially encourage you to do so with these texts due to our general unfamiliarity with them. To aid you in this, bookmarks of the upcoming tentative sermon texts are available on the table in the foyer. Please join me in praying that we would know God better, cherish Jesus deeper, and depend on the Holy Spirit fuller as we work these books together.