Mary Kay and I returned to Mansfield this week. We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks down in Myrtle Beach. The sun shone every day with temps in the 80s. We were so fortunate. The only day it rained was the day we had to leave. Mary Kay and I enjoyed the weather, but we even more enjoyed our visit with our hosts, Dad and Julie. I think they enjoyed the visit too - the last thing Dad said to me as I drove away is that they already booked the condo again for next October.
I met with Brandi and Tamira yesterday afternoon and really enjoyed hearing all the stories of what's been going on at Church Requel in our absence. It sounds like things are really moving in the right direction with the Fall Festival, scheduled for a week from tomorrow. So many of you have volunteered your time, talents and resources. Thank you! Tamira tells me there is one last planning meeting scheduled for Sunday at 4:30 pm at the church. There also are still a few specific volunteer jobs we need to fill. Tamira will have a list with a signup sheet in the foyer Sunday morning.
Speaking of Sunday morning, I'm really looking forward to being back in the pulpit with you in our continuing RELATE study of Ephesians. This Sunday our focus will be on Ephesians 5:1-6. I've titled the sermon, "The Myth of More." We'll learn 5 hard truths about coveting as well as the known antidote. This is a timely talk because the world around us works continuously to convince us that we need more things. But what are we really living for? Will our lifestyle be determined by culture or by Christ?
Dave Johnson, Ian Jensen, and Dan Logan are putting their musical talents together for a praise band Sunday morning. You'll love their praise songs: "This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham, "All The People Said Amen" by Matt Maher, and "Starts With Me" by Tim Timmons.
If you have any kids in your family, you'll love the creative lessons that our KidsMin team has put together. What does candy corn, a moustrap and the Bible have in common? You'll have to come to KidsMin to find out as they learn about making wise choices. Our preschoolers continue their lessons from Genesis as they learn about patience, laughter and stars. I'm told they may even come home singing the classic Sunday school song, "Father Abraham."
Just one more reminder in this week's Friday message... Ladies be reminded that your Bible study begins this coming Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm. We're still planning for the Bible study to meet at our home this first week. We'll see how it goes. If so many come that we can't fit everyone in, we'll move the study to the church in future weeks. I'm kind of jealous for all our ladies. I'd love to sit in on a Bible study led by Mary Kay Pierce!
So many wonderful things are happening at Church Requel. Thank you for your faithfulness and support. May God richly bless you as you serve! Hope to see you Sunday morning at 11am! - Pastor Mark