Pastors Letter: February
Altar A. Ego
Have you seen those dramas that show a fired employee leaving the building with all their office possessions in ONE box? I know the writers of those dramas have never been in one position for 56 years. And I have become even more aware as I dismantle my office.
Now I have two problems. One, I’m not going to make it by the 31st. The leadership team/Elders have been very gracious and given me extra time to clear out. Also I will be moving out of the Senior Pastor’s office and into Pastor Dean’s old office.
The second problem is my bride. “All that “stuff” is not coming home!” I understand her concern because there is “no room at the inn.” I am a pack rat with stacks of papers and magazines and little mementos I’ve kept over the years because “I might need them someday.” On top of that my books and some files are my “babies” therefore so hard to say good-bye. I solicit your prayers as I work out my problems.
There have been a couple of events to bring you up to date. First is the transition team is hard at work to find a new head of staff, so Pastor Drew can continue to do the task he was called for …Outreach! The church so often causes the staff to major on the minors to the point you are kept from the majors. This means there is even more responsibility given to you the members as there is no one to back you up. For a bit of transition help however, I have been asked to work about 5 hours a week in a consultant role. I will moderate the elders/Leadership team monthly meeting, act as head of staff and call on the senior saints. When a new person is brought on board those commitments will end.
CCC has been given a gift in Pastor Drew. He is working hard to find ways for CCC to be relevant in our community and apart of people’s lives and to grow. It is a difficult task today because for many people the church is not relevant in their lives. This will probably involve different ways of doing “church,” many hours spent in making new friends, lifting up problem areas in the community, and just being there during life transition moments.
CCC is a wonderful church with a strong foundation. Your best days are ahead of you. You will always be in my prayers.
Remember the punch line
I’ve used the following story before but never as an idea for a new year. If the idea doesn’t make it the story is still one of my favorites.
A preacher got his congregation’s attention one Sunday when he said: “Some of the happiest days of my life were spent in the arms of another man’s wife.” After a long pause, he added, “My mother.”
A young preacher, after hearing that, thought it would add a little humor to his message, so he tried it, too. “Some of the happiest days of my life were spent in the arms of another man’s wife,” he said to his congregation. But his mind suddenly went blank and he couldn’t remember the punch line. After a moment of agony—knowing that he couldn’t just stop there—he made matters worse by adding: “But to save my life I can’t remember who it was.”
This young preacher discovered the punch line is very important. It is also important not only in jokes but also in life. How we conclude things often determines the entire outcome—regardless of what was said or done at the beginning. That can apply equally well to the new year or to your entire life. How you started it is now ancient history. How you finish it is the real issue!
It’s a new year. Let us always be focused on how we finish the year going for the win.
Yours, making sure I have my punch lines down pat.
Altar A. Ego