Fall is finally upon us, with its beautiful blue skies, its crisp autumn eves, and (soon, I hope) its crisp autumn leaves! And, with the return of fall, and the happy march toward the holidays, the busiest time of our church year is upon us as well … spread like a Thanksgiving table with opportunities for growth, fellowship, and service. So let me use this week’s article to lay out for you a bit of a fall menu; a preparation for and invitation to the good things that will be, Lord willing, available to you this fall (and Christmas) at PRBC.
Preaching. On Sundays, Lord willing, we’ll first be finishing our series on Christian Homes. Then (sandwiched between sermons for Reformation Day and Christmas) I hope also to lead us on a brisk autumn walk through the words of the prophet Zephaniah – a book that begins with thunder, but ends with joyful singing (Zephaniah 3:17, ESV)! And on Wednesdays, with the Lord’s help, we’ll walk through the final five psalms, finishing a complete look at the psalter which has been many years in the making. I hope you’ll join us!
Missions. The fall and Christmas seasons also bring us a couple of special opportunities to be involved in getting the gospel out to the ends of the earth! Beginning on October 23, we’ll be collecting items for Operation Christmas Child, with our packing party scheduled for Friday evening, 11/18. And then, all through the month of December is our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions, which kicks off with our Missions Week, December 4-11. Please do pray about how you can contribute to both of these opportunities for getting the gospel to the various tribes and nations of the earth.
Fellowship. We enjoy our church family fellowship meals every month, of course … but our Thanksgiving dinner (11/13) and Christmas lunch (12/18) are especially bright spots in the calendar. Make plans to join us for both. And remember that these are good opportunities to bring a friend or relative and to introduce them to our church family.
Planning. Fall also means that the elders and deacons will be working on plans for next year’s budget and servant ministry roles. Would you pray that we will have the mind of Christ in these matters? And would you pray about how the Lord would have you render service to and through PRBC in 2017 … and let us know by filling out the servant ministry surveys that have recently been made available?
There is indeed ‘a lot on our plates’ this fall! I hope it will be a feasting time for our souls, and for those whom we seek to reach with the good news of Jesus. Make sure you don’t miss the banquet!