Guides for One Another
The story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40 comes to mind as I ponder the work and planning of the church during these final weeks of summer in late July and early August. Traveling along the road from Jerusalem to Gaza, the eunuch is joined by the disciple Philip who notices the eunuch is reading the prophet Isaiah. “Do you understand what you are reading?” asks Philip. “How can I understand,” answers the eunuch, “unless someone guides me?”
In many ways the eunuch’s question summarizes the overall mission and ministry of The Church as that of “a guide” for us and our families and all who connect to our lives through our common life together. “How can we possibly understand unless someone guides us!”
Much time and energy has been spent by our church staff this summer (Weekday School staff as well) focusing on the shape and extent of our church’s various ministries which resume with the start of a new school year August 24. Our vision includes the potential of a weekly Wednesday night supper (6:00-6:30) for individuals and families, especially for those connected to our Wednesday Kids Central. A new 8-week ALPHA Marriage Course is taking shape for Sunday evenings along with the hope of another CROWN Financial Class. Daria and I look forward to continuing our Wednesday Mid-week Men’s Fellowship meeting at Caravan Coffee and Where Moms Connect in the Library. I hope to offer periodic 3-week Bible Short Classes during the Sunday School hour on such topics as “The Pentateuch,” “A History of Israel,” “The Minor Prophets,” “The Synoptic Gospels,” “The Books of John,” “Paul’s Letters” and “The Pastoral Epistles” while Daria is planning a 3-week Sunday School Short Class entitled “Bible 101: How to use your Bible.” Most importantly, the summer success of “The Wired Word” for adults has prompted us to continue the class for the 2015-2016 Program Ministry Year as one of the two ongoing Sunday School classes alongside The Chapel Class.
With respect to our Weekday School, for the first time in my 25 years of ministry in partnership with separate churches (Belmont, Lumberton and Richmond VA) Robin, Suzanne and I have begun a mid-week Chapel service for our School Age children with the intent of continuing the service during the school year much like our Weekday School Chapel for preschool children every Wednesday morning. Our Weekday School has even begun to partner with the residents of Carillon Assisted Living in Cramerton as extended grandparents (!) who are coming to visit our church Wednesday, August 5.
“How can I understand unless someone guides me?” asked the Ethiopian eunuch. In response to such a question by so many, the plans outlined above by our church staff for 2015-2016 are a small sample of our answer: “Come join us as we serve as Guides for One Another.”
God’s grace and peace to you!