Pastor's column


Summer Praise Emphasis Wraps... Thank you Keith Wilson, Worship Arts Director for this month of praise, worship and special music events. The Dill’s concert was uplifting as they shared their family story and inspired us with a spirited rendition of some new and older gospel favorites. Last Sunday evening’s fellowship with our new friends from the Buffalo Fountain of Life UMC was an extra blessing. Thanks to each of you who brought ice-cream and desserts for our fellowship afterwards. This morning, we rejoice in God’s gift to us of the SSBC Musicians as they lead in the morning service of “Instrumental Praise.” Thanks to each of you who bless us each and every Sunday with your commitment to Christ through instrumental music.

Faith in Motion: Building for the Future. Bob Spencer, Campaign Director, has simplified the summary for the Capital Stewardship Campaign for each reporting period. (You see the new format in today’s bulletin.) One big thing we can rejoice in after these weeks of giving is that we have reached a major giving milestone – 25.8% of our goal since the campaign was officially launched April 1. Thank you, church family for your commitments and generous giving to our vision and relocation!

Building Team Discussions... Please continue to pray for your SSBC Building Team as we begin working in earnest on the building and relocation initiatives adopted by our church family (April 2012). During a recent meeting several issues were raised once again: What kind of building do we need for the first-phase? What should we anticipate as a building budget for this facility? When can we anticipate the listing of our present facilities with a realtor? How much land at our new location will we farm in 2015? Should we sow five acres in grass for church use? These are some of our specific prayer concerns. Please join us in praying as we move forward in faith.

Be sure to sync your calendars with these events:

  • September 14, 10:30PM - The Lord’s Supper
  • September 14-21 - Mission Illinois - Week of Prayer and Giving
  • September 22 - 5:45PM - All-Church Fish Fry

I am planning a series of evangelistic messages in October. The theme idea is “Wonderful Words of Life.” I would welcome your suggestions and ideas about important words we share when we witness for Christ. An example is the word, “blood,” that signifies so many things about our new life in Christ.


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