Sunday, January 14, 2018

    The year 2018 has started with a mixed bag of events. Christmas decorations have been put away for another year. A period of icy, cold temperatures has frozen water lines and required our church to install a new heating system for the north wing of our building.

    The theme for the year is seen in banners hanging in our auditorium and heard in lessons and sermons from our pulpit. New Year's resolutions have been made and goals are set. Throughout the rocky start to this year our church family has remained faithful. Visitors are gracing our services with their presence and the air of expectation of present and future blessings is everywhere.

    Much is on our plate for 2018. A new plant will rise from the debris left in the wake of the tornado. Several new programs will be added to our church ministry keyed on special groups of our membership.

    The traditional family conference will be held January 21-24 with your pastors bringing the messages. Tuesday night, January 23 will be the date for this year's Vision Banquet. One of the highlights of the evening will be the documented review of 2017. This presentation is expected to last approximately thirty minutes and will take us pictorially though the events of 2017. Along with a challenge from God's Word, a delicious meal and testimonies from some special people, the year of coming events will be revealed. We call the evening, "Our Vision." The plain truth taught from scripture is that vision is not just necessary or essential but crucial. Goals will be presented to challenge us to move forward with purpose. Literature will be distributed for information and witnessing. The vision involves "continuing" in the things we have learned from God's Word. When we involve ourselves in those things, God blesses!