from . . . Dick Sartwell, interim pastor
February contains a few bright spots (like Presidents Day and Valentines Day), but for many people this short month isn’t short enough. Oregonians in the Willamette Valley understand that our frequent rains are the price we pay for lush vegetation and gorgeous flowering shrubs. But sometimes February feels like the low point of the year. We commonly let November trigger thankfulness, but I want to suggest we also use February to encourage our gratitude. Here’s a start:
I’m thankful for…
- The large number of volunteers who have stepped forward to help us do ministry together.
- The wonderful news from our stewards that for the first time in a few years we were able to approve a balanced budget without drawing on reserve funds. Your faithful giving enabled this.
- The large number of you who have made the effort to be involved in our all-church meetings to work at clarifying who we are as a church as we prepare for new leadership.
- The words of scripture that speak to our lives in powerful ways. This month in our morning services we’ll be looking at some great texts filled with encouragement.
Be aware in these weeks of what is encouraging you and thank the Lord for it!