Dear Church Family,

Jesus Christ has risen from the dead! Everything—including eternity—hangs on Easter. If Christ has not risen, Christianity is a sham. If Christ has not risen, we are still in our sins. If Christ has not risen, we will not be resurrected either. But thanks be to God that He has risen so that all those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus have the sure hope of everlasting life with God.

Because of the claims it proves true, our yearly celebration of Easter is not enough. We remember Christ’s resurrection every Lord’s Day together, but personally we ought to celebrate every day in our hearts. However, the Easter Holiday provides us who know and believe the foundational truths of Easter with opportunities to share that news with those who don’t.

Given our culture’s familiarity with Easter there is a certain comfort level many unbelievers have with talking about it and even going to church out of habit to observe it. With that being said, while it saddens us that church attendance once or twice a year is the norm for so many, we would be remiss not to pray to the Lord as we invite our family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to join us on Easter Sunday (4/21) and ask Him to use this truth of the Gospel we celebrate to save people. If you have not already, please begin praying for our Easter worship service that God would use this gathering to draw people to Himself and to encourage those who already know Him.

In connection with this, please pray and consider adopting one of our Wednesday night families. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to personally invite these families and to pray they will come, hear the Gospel, and believe in Jesus Christ. I want to reiterate that adopting a family does not commit you to do more than you are able to. There is no financial commitment. At bare minimum, adopting a family could look like praying for this family daily and inviting them personally to our different gatherings. Of course, I am thankful that many of you have done and will do more than that, but please do not undervalue the impact your prayers and invites can make. I am beginning to place families with those who have expressed interest, so please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to be involved.

Finally, I mentioned at our last members’ meeting changing our Sunday evening service time from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The intention behind moving up our service an hour earlier is simply to better enable those wanting to spend time with other church members after those services. For the few of us with young children, this would simplify having dinner with people after the service and would give us a little more time before our kids fall apart from exhaustion. Thinking ahead to fall and winter, this would probably mean only driving one way in the dark instead of both ways.

However, this is a decision the church needs to make together. So, if we need to have further conversations before we vote, we can set up those meetings. As of now, we will plan to vote on May 5th during our evening service at 6:00 p.m. We won’t have a regular Sunday evening service after that until June 2nd, so that should give us time to announce and adjust. Please let me know if you have any questions or objections. May the Lord bless our church.

Gentry