St. Paul talked about being surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. I think of myself as being surrounded by a cloud of beautiful members. In the last couple of weeks, while the outside temperatures are up and down, the warm feelings of excitement fill these offices and hallways. The dark days of winter are giving way to beautiful rays of light. It is a joy to see God’s people coming together to serve Christ as one.
This excitement is born of meetings with individual members and board members. This past week I had lunch with Frank Ditore. Frank has a heart for the children of Haiti. In the last few years he and members of our congregation have made trips to Haiti. During our lunch he said that making plans to go this year wasn’t advisable. HOWEVER, not to be discouraged, he is gathering anyone and everyone who would like to get together and talk about how to support these beautiful children without traveling there. If you have a heart for mission work in other lands, please give him a call, send an email or attend a meeting and dream of ways to provide education, health care, and housing for these beautiful kids.
At another luncheon, I met with Rick Damato about Habitat for Humanity. He has built here in the U.S. and in several nations around the world. He and Jimmy Carter have worked side by side on many projects. Habitat for Humanity has been part of our lives as a congregation as well over the years. This year you will be given a chance to join other congregations and corporate partners to lend a hand building more homes in Gwinnett County. I am so glad to stand alongside my congregation as we give a hand up to a new home owner.
Here inside the congregation my head is spinning. Rosa Probst has set the world on fire assisting Diane with organizing and labeling items for the yard sale. Brandon Witt has taken on marketing the more valuable donated items on other platforms. Darlene Krautwurst is organizing children’s ministry and youth files into one system for Faith Formation Ministry. Carl Stier is making his way around doing small repairs around the property. He is also organizing a group of “handy” folks to help with maintenance and repair jobs. Michael and Janice Johnson are visiting and assisting five of our shut-in families on a quarterly basis. Other members of our Care Team like Rosemary Tallon, Gert Rhein, and Karen Landgren are lending a helping hand to another family. Both tall (Fred Schroer) and little Fred (Linder) have been giving some help to others. The list of our care team accomplishments are growing every day.
Young members are also stepping up to the bat. Young adult, Nick Olmsted, is pulling together our men’s league softball team. Amon Whitfield is helping teach Confirmation. Not to mention Phoebe Clark and Rachel Rasque are worship assistants. Brandi Ryan, Emma Thomas, David Dominguez, and Alyssa Bates serve by caring for or educating our children and youth. It is a joy to see these 20 somethings playing a role in the ministry of this church.
One of our goals for 2019 is to pull together a Thirty to Forty Year Olds group. It is time for this great group of members to have their own fellowship group. It’s time to set in motion the next forty years as we celebrate forty years of ministry. Let us know if you are interested as we begin to pull this group together. Would you like to get together with someone your own age at church?
We are made up of all kinds of people. I have by NO MEANS listed all the folks who serve God here at Christ the Lord. Hardly, but these are the ones that come quickly to mind. No the list is very long. So know that I am very aware that many are giving of their time.
As we make our way deeper into 2019, I hope that all of you know how important that you are. I hope that those who would like to participate would ask or reach out to me so that I can help make that happen. There is a place for you at Christ the Lord.
In His Service Pastor Bob