Good things are always happening but once again it’s evident at CHCC. As we begin to look at closing out the year coming into the holiday season, I am excited to give you a glimpse of where the Lord has taken us and is taking us. We honestly try not to get out in front of God in this ministry but by evaluating what He is doing, we simply get on board with his plans which are already in motion. The Lord has been preparing us for several things in the past couple of years that seem to be coming to fruition. Let me show you:
1. This past Sunday we culminated a summer of teaching the great truths and history of the Protestant Reformation. It is reassuring as a Pastor to see kids (and adults) excited about an old Latin term, Soli Deo Gloria. They are not only versed in sound theology but are living it out in the excellence of their actions. To God alone be the glory!
2. We have been praying and teaching toward ‘ownership’ of ministries at our church by our members for 6 months. After personal prayer and consideration by many individuals it is exciting to say that we have established 13 ministry areas with confirmed directors in each. Praise God that people have been obedient to the leading of God in these areas.
3. This month we begin an exciting chapter in our children and youth ministry. We will soon be chartered as the newest troop of Trail Life USA, a christian outdoor adventure, character, and leadership program for boys and young men. It is Christ centered and good news driven. It will be an amazing part of this church’s ministry to young men. Information to follow about Troop PA1003 in a couple of weeks.
4. This Sunday we are welcoming LifeSpan Family Services to our morning service to continue our exploration of partnering with them in bringing Christian foster parents, adoption and counseling to families of our tri-county area. To that end our discipleship ministry is beginning a training of several of our people to counsel abortion minded and abortion vulnerable women and men.
God is at work in numerous other areas but in an effort to keep this update brief, I only mention a few……but I have to also praise the Lord for allowing us to bless a widowed Kenyan woman. The need was brought to our attention by a Pastor friend who was in Kenya on a short term mission trip. The woman and her 5 children needed housing and our church gave out of their love and maturity and was able to raise 10% of the cost of her housing this past week with a last minute offering during our service. With the giving of several other churches and individuals, this woman will soon have a home.
Once again Center Hill, I love being your Senior Pastor.