“Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love.” Acts 20:24 (LB)
One of the most important quests in our lives is to find our meaning. When we find our meaning it gives us a sense of purpose, pride, direction, and focus. The Apostle Paul said that the meaning of our lives is made known by finding the work that the Lord Jesus Christ assigned for us to do and then doing it. He further explains that this meaning for all of us is played out by telling others about God’s wonderful kindness and love. You might be thinking there is no way you could witness to someone about Jesus. God does not ask us to be a salesman and close a deal, or an attorney and argue our case. Jesus says to be a witness to others by telling them what God had done in our lives. You are an expert on what God has done in your life. Share it with others. You will have done what God created you to do.
What a great day of worship we had last Sunday. It was made even better by the two pre-teen boys who came forward to share that they had received Jesus into their heart. Last week I had the privilege of leading a pre-teen girl to the Lord. I say this to let you know that God is doing some great work and moving in our congregation. All three children come from Christian families and have been influenced by their parents, teachers, and members of the Fee Fee family. Thank you, church family, for loving our children and youth and for providing a place for them to learn about the Lord. Thank you, parents, for taking the time to teach your kids about Jesus. God certainly is good.
One of the biggest challenges of this new year is the need to acquire safe transportation for our church family. Our church buses are primarily used by the seniors, youth, and children of our church. It is so important for us to provide safe and reliable transportation for the entire church family. The Transportation Committee has been investigating the issue and has come up with a plan to meet our church’s needs. Bro. Wes and I have been working with the committee every step of the way and concur with their conclusions.
The committee believes that it is best to purchase two new 15-passenger vans. They would be center aisle loading and have storage space built into the back of the vans. This would give us safe transportation for both short and long trips. It would take away the requirement for a CDL license that we now have on our existing 35-passenger bus. The committee suggests trading in our current 15-passenger van and 35-passenger bus. The cost after the trade in would be about $50,000 for each van. We have almost half of that set aside for these vans but would need to raise or borrow the remaining amount.
I have asked Steve Middendorf, our financial officer, to work with our Stewardship Committee to recommend how we could finance this deal. The Transportation Committee will be sharing with you all the information about this proposal in the coming weeks. It will include an informational meeting to answer all your questions. It is our desire to bring this before the church at the March 16 business meeting. This would allow for the vans to be here by the summer when our schedules are very busy.
Pray about this important decision. We want to make sure that we do what is right to honor God and provide for the ministries of His church. More information will be coming in the future.
God continues to do wonderful things in our church family. Come join the excitement.
See you in church.