Letter from Pastor Tim

Dear Friends, Grace and peace unto you this day! I hope you share my excitement about the opportunities we share together in worship and sharing our faith with the community we serve. In faith there are various ways we can be a channel of God’s love, and one of those ways is supporting our obligation of tithing. Meeting this obligation can and will be a challenging stretch for us, this I know, but one that is, I believe through faith, within our reach. Money itself is a lifeless thing, but when put to use by dedicated Christian groups, great things can happen. Great things can happen! In fact, we read in Malachi – “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this’, Says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’ I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 3:10-12). Great things can happen! However, I am concerned about a trend I have noticed in our giving patterns. We have generously given in the past, but have we truly brought our whole faith into our giving? Our giving should be nothing less than an expression of love; a devotion of thankfulness to God. In return, God declares a covenant that blessings will...

Letter from Pastor Tim

Dear Friends, It is with great joy that I write this letter to you to introduce myself as your new pastor beginning in July. One of life’s most beautiful words is family. Scripture teaches us that we are the family of God and therefore brothers and sisters in Christ. As a “family of faith,” then, we seek to worship and serve God, share the good news of the gospel message, and provide the spiritual environment necessary for the believer’s spiritual growth. It is my hope and prayer that we will become family in the months, and years to come! As I have prayed over this transition, I have been reminded that the story of our congregation is the story of Jesus: birth, death, and resurrection. It is a good story in which to find ourselves, particularly since this is a season of pastoral transition. Suffice to say then we presently find ourselves in the middle, in the letting go and maybe grieving that act of letting go. We may even be experiencing the unsettled nerves of transition, but just as Advent casts our vision toward Christmas, and Christmas toward Easter, let us set our eyes on resurrection. Let us be a people of vision, and fear not. Let us be a family of one mind, faith, and hope for the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ! I have and continue daily to pray for you as you earnestly and eagerly continue your faithful work with Clare in addition to making preparations for me and my family. Speaking of my family, my wife Kim and I were married this past...