Pastors Letter: August

Dear Church,

I am excited and honored to be your pastor. God has great things in store for Christ Community Church. 

I need your help to get this church growing and thriving. I have put together an outreach package that has worked at previous churches, and presented it to the church board, but it is expensive.

These items include strategic hiring, social media outreach, new resident outreach, and personal pastoral outreach. These are the methods that God has used to turn other churches around that I have pastored in the past.

To fully implement these strategies, we need an additional 5,000 dollars a month. Can you help? Can you pledge a little extra each month? Whether it is 20 dollars, 100 dollars, or 2,000 dollars, your commitment will help God grow this church.

With your step of faith, God will have everything that God needs to turn Christ Community Church into the premier downtown Lansing church that we all want it to be!

The future is so bright.

Pastor Tim

Altar A. Ego

Keeping The Embers Warm

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his! chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow, and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.

 

Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday."

We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.  See you in church!

Yours, seeking the warmth of the group

Altar A. Ego