Hello Saints of the year 2012!!!
Enjoying the spring like weather? The days are starting to get longer already. Once I am done with New Year’s Day, I am a ready for spring. Yah, I know, we could still have six more weeks of winter—get back to reality!
Anyway, in case you missed it, we did have a wonderful New Year’s Eve party at PAA on Saturday night with just short of a hundred people of all ages. We had a great time from the singing and worship, to the picnic type buffet, to the volleyball, basketball, and table games. One should add to the list a note about the just plain good fellowship that was part of each phase. Before the evening started I was in the gym with Olivian shooting some hoops and as I went up for a layup, I could feel a right calf muscle pull. Ouch! So I hobbled around all evening. My New Year’s resolution is to get back in shape!
Tomorrow is the first Sabbath of the New Year and with it comes a few special extras. First service will see the dedication of Dexter Raymond Hill (with a name like that he should be a doctor someday) and second service we will see the baptism of two people and one person joining us by profession of faith. Sabbath is potluck Sabbath and it is also the planned last time for pictures to be taken. If you haven’t had your photo shoots yet, put on your favorite outfit and come put you name on the list.
Sabbath’s service will also include a sermon presentation entitled: “Behold, the Kingdom of God is in Your Midst.” What did Jesus mean by those words? You might want to read the entire seventeenth chapter of the book of Luke as a preparation for the service.
And now an item to give you some advance news upon. This last Wednesday evening, the steering committee that was elected to give direction to the fundraising endeavor for the Sunnyside Church renovation, met and began drafting plans to approach the task. One of the first things that came up was the comfortableness, or I should say the lack thereof, that each felt in focusing just on the raising of money. Each in attendance favored the idea that, since Sunnyside is so much about mission and spirituality, whatever the committee did, it needed to have this same feel. So, it was voted that the last three Sabbaths in February would receive a special spiritual emphasis that will combine mission, spirituality of God’s people, and the need to preserve the physical condition of the wonderful Sunnyside Church facility that God has bestowed on us through the sacrifice of those who have gone before us. Sabbath, February 25, will include a consecration and commitment service as part of our worship as we accept the challenge of keeping the Lord’s house looking its best.
We should also take a moment to give thanks to those who have already started donating to this important calling. Over $42,000 has already come in towards our needed $238,000 goal. The committee will be meeting again next week to prayerfully continue to address this challenge.
Pray for Sunnyside in 2012! Our members have chosen an ambitious outreach plan for at home and away for the year. The calendar is rather full. It will be wonderful to see how God blesses Sunnyside this coming year.
Love to all of you in the Name of our Lord!
Pastor Scott LeMert
Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Churc