Another great Mission’s Sunday. Jeff Smith, with discipletrips, told us about his work during Bible class – very impressive. Jeff also did a great job challenging us during worship to be “Three Stories Tall”. A big thanks to Joel Soumar for introducing him to our congregation from his connections with A.I.M. (Adventures In Missions). I would love to see our teens and young adults learn more about these two programs. My niece went to A.I.M. last week, as she will be starting the program soon. Joel was instrumental in talking with her and other youth of that congregation. Three girls in all are signing up.
If you haven’t heard, we raised $37,000 for our mission works. The goal was $25,000, but you guys (as always), blew the doors off of that number. Also, a big thanks to everyone for who helped with the meal. Several came early to set up or stayed late to clean up. Many of you served during the meal. Also, a huge thanks to those who prepared food. Steve Hoskins even stepped up his collard greens by adding another ingredient. Over all, it was a special day.
What’s next? We will begin a new series this Sunday I’m calling Dr. Luke. Since studying the Book of Acts, I have become intrigued by the man who wrote it. The good doctor. The church historian. So what is this series about? Well…ummm…their really isn’t any great theme. It might be one of the most unusual series I have ever done. To be honest, I don’t even know how long it will last because I keep learning more. Before you get too nervous, I do know what I will be preaching the next four weeks. This Sunday is simply called “Luke-Acts”. That is all I am going to say for now. 🙂
Wednesday begins the first of our new classes. I want to encourage everyone to be apart of this study. It will be both informative and challenging. It is our history, based on the Restoration Movement, as the Churches of Christ. The past is always filled with things that are both inspiring and embarrassing. The Holy Spirit never sugar coated the stories of the Bible. These are meant for learning and ultimately to be more like Jesus.
Sunday morning is the beginning of our study in the Book of Ephesians. It is one of the great letters of Paul. Despite being written almost 2,000 years ago, the lessons are timeless.
More positive news on the home front. Kaitlyn Cutshall was named a finalist in TC Palm‘s female athlete of the week. She pitched a two hitter and went 2 for 4 with a triple in a 15-2 win. She plays for Masters Academy.
For the second week in a row, Trevor Wild was once again a finalist as the male athlete of the week. He went 4 for 4 and scored five runs in a 16-12 win against Geneva and 2 for 4 with two runs in a 12-6 win against Boca Raton Christian.
Derek Pickerill grabbed second place with this porker (260 lb.) at the Indian River Firefighters Fair. This was his first year to enter a pig. It looks delicious… I mean cute. He also took third place with his citrus tree. His 4-H group meets at our building each week. It’s a great program.
Staying with the theme of missions, one of the places we support is Mount Dora Children’s Home. On April 9th, they have a benefit dinner with guest speaker Tim Tebow. You Florida Gators may have heard of him before. If you are interested in going you can purchase your tickets at https://www.mdchome.org/. If enough people want to go we can take the church bus. Let the church office know if this is something you would be interested in.
Wrapping up, think about the people who normally sit around you during worship. Is there someone you haven’t seen in a while? Is there someone going through a difficult time? Reach out to them this week. Love your neighbor.