Friday, August 28, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Ambassador in Chains
During college, I was a union laborer with a large construction company in Minneapolis. The job fully paid for all four years of college and introduced me to what it takes to build buildings. Since then I’ve been fascinated with construction and beg my way onto various sites to get tours.
Recently I was invited to tour a local site but it required wearing a hard-hat. The only guy I knew in church with a hard-hat is Byron Beck from “Solid Rock Construction Company.” Byron agreed to lend me one of his blue, labeled hard-hats for the tour. As I walked through the building, I noticed other carpenters and workers looking at my hat with genuine curiosity. Was I there representing “Solid Rock?” Were their jobs in jeopardy? Clearly, it was not just a hard-hat, but represented a whole company in a competitive industry.
When you walk into a situation; a job site, a store, a restaurant, whom do people see you representing? Who knows you are a follower of Jesus? In the text for Sunday, Ephesians 6:18-20, the Apostle Paul calls himself an ambassador. He understands his identity and role to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ in every and all situations. As you prepare for Sunday worship, take your own inventory of the times and places you represented Jesus.
Grace & Peace,
1. If you are willing to either read scripture on a Sunday morning or pray the prayer of dedication and intercession, I would really like to hear from you. The staff looks for pray-ers and readers for each Sunday and would like to have a wider pool of volunteers.
2. Jon Lemmond continues teaching The History of World Christianity on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Mountain Room of the Samarkand. The topic next week is “Why did Christians start killing Jews in the 12th century?”
3. Connection Team members (and interested members) are invited to a breakfast on Sunday August 30 at 8:30 a.m.in Fellowship Hall.
4. A College Lunch will be provided for incoming Westmont students. Alumni, faculty, staff and anyone interested in welcoming new students is invited to participate immediately following worship.
5. Ginny Murray update. As I was preparing this email, John Murray called the church Friday morning with an update on Ginny. She has successfully gone through two procedures to remove abscess material from her pancreas. John asks for continued prayer for improved respiration, for her body to be strong for another abscess procedure, and the next steps of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
6. Budget Update as of August 20, 2015
Income Needed YTD: $474,749
Income Received (%YTD needed): $350,553 (73.8%)
Expenses YTD (Deficit): $430,161 (-$79,608)