1) I really had a great time at Back to School Bash this weekend. Our kids had a family movie night, went to Pump It Up, and enjoyed an “Imagination Station Day” at RTPCC. Every year, I try to block off a Sunday to visit City Kids. We have an AMAZING children’s ministry team and we are also blessed with some WONDERFUL kids. I really enjoyed watching the kids hear the gospel message, sing, cook, play games and pray together. If you have kids or grandkids in our children’s ministry, please take time out to tell Missty and her team how much you appreciate all that they do. These kids are learning songs about God, Bible verses and Scriptural Principles that are going to help them later in life. I am so thankful that my own son can be involved in such a great children’s ministry!
2) I was thinking about one of our RTPCC core values in my quiet time this morning. Love people when they least deserve it. Can you imagine how great our church would be if we all lived by this principle? Jesus made a point to show love to people even when they didn’t deserve to be loved. In fact, this value ties directly into the scripture found in Romans 15:7, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” What does that mean? How can we live out this core value at RTPCC? If we truly love people when they least deserve it then how should we act when someone hurts our feelings? How should we respond when someone gossips about us? How should we treat people when they fail or drop the ball? What action should we take if we are criticized? Embarrassed by someone? I spent a great deal of time in prayer this morning asking God to help all of us learn to accept and love one another even when someone doesn’t “deserve” to be loved. Holding on to bitterness, grudges, past hurts, criticisms and failures is not of God. Doing this is toxic to the soul. If Jesus could love the very people who nailed Him to the cross, why can’t we love one another? Let’s not drop the ball on this core value. I am praying for us to become a church that overflows with the love of Christ.
3) I want to thank Pastor Matt for preaching for me on Sunday. Many pastors have no idea of what is going on in their children’s ministry because they have no one to preach for them. Matt is always prepared and ready to share an anointed message. If you were unable to be at church on Sunday, click here to listen to the message. If you have kids or grandkids in Ascend Youth Ministry, try to thank of some practical ways to show your appreciation for all that Matt does. Send him a Facebook message, write him a card, pray with him at church, take him out to lunch. Be original! The investment he is making in your child’s life is priceless.
4) I am really excited about our Courageous small group study and our 4-week Courageous Faith sermon series in the month of September. I think this is going to be one of our best months of the year!
5) Mark Your Calendars:
September 22nd – Our City Kid’s Ministry will be honoring our seniors.
October 14th – Senior Appreciation Day and Special Singing with Freedom’s Crossing
October 26th – Octoberfest
October 28th – Fall Friend Day at RTPCC
December 8, 9 – RTPCC Christmas Program
December 12 – RTPCC Christmas Party