Mid-term Exams and Reports. Remember them from school and college days?  Well here we are at mid-term in our church year and I thought it would be a good time to review how we are doing.  At the beginning of the year, we found ourselves without a music team, a counting team, and some other needed ministry positions to be filled.  But God, who does above and beyond all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20), has more than blessed us in these first six months.  Karen Ulijohn has stepped into the shoes left by the departure of our former music director, Eric Rainwater.  Week after week, not only is the music done well, but the choir is larger and having more fun than I have seen in a long time.  God also gave us capable replacements when our exceptional pianist, Candy Rainwater, departed with Eric.  Jim Brown, on the organ, and Gloria Langley, on the piano, have more than filled our needs.  Jim, especially, brings an expertise on the organ that is nothing short of fantastic. Along with a new worship team, God also raised up a new team of counters who are doing a terrific job.  It is no small task to count, report and post weekly the record of our congregational giving.  Thank you to those who have given so much of their time to do so.  Of course there has to be offerings to count and that is where the performance of our church family over the last several weeks has been truly exciting.  By the end of this month we will have met our stewardship challenge to give $10,000 above our projected budget needs.  Doing so, means that there will be a matching donation of $10,000 given to our church from a private donor.  Thank you to all who contributed and made reaching our goal a reality. At mid-year, we will be at budgeted levels in our projected giving and probably even a little ahead.  

Our Elders are investigating the availability of giving using credit cards. We are also in need of more people who can help in technical areas such as sound, website, Facebook and PowerPoint. Let’s continue to trust God in our stewardship and never forget that we are simply the managers of his resources. Many new faces are present in our congregation each week, the result of people inviting friends.  May we continue to emulate the disciple, who said “Come and see. We have found the Messiah” (John 1:40-46). Thank you to so many who are making LHCC a place of “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17).

Pastor Mike