Pastor's Pen - Numbers - Turkey - Youth
The Pastor’s Pen!!!
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Sunday School - 68 + 32 (Nursing Home) Worship Service - 130
Beginning Checkbook Balance $209.87.
Aug Receipts $16,252.91 Disbursements $15,437.17
Ending Checkbook Balance $1,025.61
Building Fund $45,820.41 Scholarship Fund $7,310.78
YTD Receipts - $191,228.26 - YTD Expenditures - $190,438.28
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They’re Going to Turkey!
Vernon, Wanda & Courtney are planning on visiting Crystal in Turkey for 10 days in December, leaving on Dec 3rd & returning Dec 12th. Our Pastor will have an opportunity to speak to the students at Oasis International School where Crystal teaches, then preach Sunday at her Church. They will tour the 7 Churches of Revelation located in Asia Minor, which is modern-day Turkey.
What an Opportunity! Except for Israel, Turkey has more biblical sites than any other Middle Eastern country. It has a population of almost 72 million people and is 99.8 % Muslim.
(If you wish to be involved in helping the Pastor & his Family financially with this opportunity, please see one of the Deacons.)
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“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
This verse in Proverbs is one of my favorites. Not only for what it says, but also for the concept behind it. Another way that the verse is sometimes stated is, “Without vision, people will perish.” I personally think that the writer of this Proverb was right on. If there is no clear goal, or better yet, no clear direction, then the people will falter. A vision needs to be stated and an overall arching goal needs to be followed, which not only goes for a Church, but also in the youth group. If I do not have a vision as the Youth Pastor for the Youth group and a goal then where will the youth group go? It is a good question and one that I think we all need to ask ourselves.
With that being said, sometimes it is still easy for me instead of pressing on with what God is doing to spend too much time focusing on the past. I think we all can struggle with that. How so? Well this, last year, God did some really cool things. We had two kids get saved; four kids baptized, a few kids rededicated their lives, we had some cool youth events, and even had six seniors go off to Christian Universities. God has been good to the youth at Trinity this last year, real good. But the question remains, do we dwell on the past or focus on the future?
With all the different things mentioned it would be easy to dwell in the past, yet God wants us to press on. One thing I noticed right away is that the youth group now is completely different from last year. In a lot of ways they are smarter and stronger spiritually, yet it amazes me to see that the same approach or teaching we used last year is not going to work this year. In fact, the same vision we had last year is not going to work the same way. That is not to say that the old vision was bad or the new one will be better, but to say that sometimes one has to curtail the vision and direction to better lead the people and that is what we are trying to do with the youth at Trinity.
I will say that I am excited. I am excited about what God has done, but I am even more excited about what God is going to do. I am praying for God to show up, I am praying for guidance on how to become a better leader and I am praying that God will take the youth group places it has never been. We have a lot of cool things planned and yet without the right direction it will falter. Please pray that God will give me the right direction so I can guide the youth where He wants to take them. Let’s pray that the vision will come to fruition so big things can happen!
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