News from the Pastor

September 25, 2022

We Need People Power!

Circle the Wednesday of October 5 on your calendar. That is the night we need “all hands on deck” for setting up tables and moving Bazaar items into the gym from where we have stored them throughout the church. After our meal together, if you can tote as much as a lamp or vase, Harold McAbee can put you to work that night. By the way, since the following week is fall break for Macon-Bibb County Schools, and since the gym will be full of Bazaar items, we will not have a Wednesday night meal or Bible study on the evening of October 12. Children and youth programs are cancelled that night, too. However, if you can help that week with helping price items for the Bazaar, Harold McAbee would greatly appreciate your help.

Remember, the Bazaar happens Friday night, October 14, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and then on Saturday, October 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can help in any capacity during those times, please let Harold know. By the way, spaghetti supper tickets are on sale for the dinner to be served on Friday night, October 14. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children aged 10 and under. There is a $22 maximum dinner cost per family, and you can eat the meal in the gym or enjoy takeout.

Next Sunday will also be a special day in our church and around the world. October 2 is World Communion Sunday, and we will observe the Lord’s Supper in concert with Christian believers around the globe. We will also plan to hold a reception in the guest reception room honoring our newest members, so stay a few minutes after the service and give our newest members a warm welcome.

Remember also, we need candy – lots and lots of it! We are planning to distribute bags of candy containing information about the church to trick-or-treaters in two places this year – on Hines Terrace and at the junction of Vineville and Pierce. The last time we did this, we ran out of goodies. So we hope this year to fill 600 bags. So please bring your candy to the church as soon as possible. Unlike our Easter event, bringing chocolate candy is permissible. Indeed, you can drop the chocolate candy off at my office, and I will dispose of it properly.

Children and their familes, go ahead and mark Friday evening, October 21, on your calendar. That is the night we will gather in the Kremers’ back yard for a special Halloween event, where we will enjoy food and fellowship and carve and decorate pumpkins. The youth, meanwhile, will be off on their fall retreat camping trip that weekend.

Remember also that our yearly All Saints’ service will be Sunday, October 30. During this service we will honor all church members who this year have passed from our earthly fellowship into the heavenly fellowship of the saints. We are also planning to have Chill at the Grill at the Kremers’ house on Saturday, October 29. That happens to be the date of the Georgia-Florida game. Come enjoy food, fellowship, and football with us that afternoon.

Our Thanksgiving Celebration dinner will be Sunday, November 20, after church. We will plan to make it a traditional potluck again, unless the COVID outbreak worsens. But take heed: a number of our congregants have contracted COVID in past couple of weeks, and the pandemic has the potential to intensify over the course of the fall. The new and improved vaccine, which has been designed to protect us against the newer strains of COVID, is now arriving in the Macon area. My pastoral advice to you is to take advantage of this booster as quickly as possible. And if you are feeling sick, please don’t come to church, but worship with us remotely, via our livestreaming service. None of us want to make a bad situation worse.

Having completed our study of Colossians this past Wednesday, we will embark on the study of a new book this Wednesday, September 28. We will take a look at Paul’s letter to his beloved church at Philippi. This letter of Paul’s is full of wonderful insight and encouragement for individuals and congregations.

I want to reiterate what I said at the end of the service last Sunday: thank you for showering Melissa and me with your expressions of love and support in the wake of the announcement of my resignation. But, as I also noted, the focus must be, not on us, but on the necessary work for the Lord that needs to be accomplished between now and the end of the year.

A word from your pastor,
Dr. Richard Kremer