It is Homecoming time again!
Yes! It has already been 3 years since we last celebrated Homecoming. This year will be our 89th anniversary. I cannot wait. The date is Sunday, September 27.
The Homecoming committee is almost giddy with excitement as they plan for this event around the theme: “A Family Reunion.” Think about it! This is a great opportunity to invite long-time friends and former members to return for a wonderful “Family Reunion.” In fact, it will be a perfect time to invite new friends, neighbors, co-workers, or classmates. Think about that friend you always wanted to come see our church in action; that is the person to invite.
You can tell them that we are planning an exciting worship with wonderful Christ-honoring music. Our former interim pastor, Dr. Jim Robertson, will share from God’s Word. We will have a scrumptious meal downstairs for lunch. Then, we will make our way back upstairs for a time of worship in the afternoon.
Last time we had Homecoming, I was brand new to City View. For me, it felt like being the new husband at a family reunion, meeting the extended family for the first time. That was fun. But this time, I know our church much better, and I know many of those who will come much better. This time, I am looking forward to catching up.
See the Fields and Pray
I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
GO ahead and INVITE friends and family to attend this year’s Homecoming. It is not too early. You need to allow them time to arrange to join us that Sunday without worries.
SIGN UP already. There should be a sign up card in your bulletin. We just need one per family. But if you are bring guests, you may either submit their count with your family or submit another card for them separately.
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I love you, church family!
I do not tell you near enough that I love you and thank God for you. But God has reminded me that I allow myself to get too busy running and doing, studying and preparing, visiting, and praying. What I need to do is take a deep breath, pause, and thank God for you; and I need to stop and tell you how much I love you.
Paul must have felt much like I do when he wrote to the Church at Thessalonica:
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God (1Thessalonians 1:2-4, NKJV).
You, City View, are a fantastic church. I look around and almost everyone is busy serving the Lord in one way or another. We have wonderful loving teachers. We have people running the halls and keeping us safe. We have people doing all kinds of difficult and menial tasks behind the scenes. We have fabulous cooks. We dedicated people leading and serving in worship. And we have a church that trusts God and prays.
I thank God for blessing and using you to further His kingdom. I thank God for your patience, encouraging support, and prayers for me and the rest of our staff. And I thank God that He has given me the privilege to serve Him at your side.
I love you, dear church.
See the Fields and Pray
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
We already have 24 boxes ready to go and are starting another 24. We need many items to finish them up. Make sure to check the ICare table for different age boxes so you can see them as they are being completed. Please continue to be in prayer for Operation Christmas Child.
Special Guest, Terri Bewley Conner from Terry Bewley Ministries will be singing during the evening service.
A donation for the Church Bus Fund was made in memory of Susan P.’s brother, Joel Johnson.
Every 3 years, we celebrate Homecoming in our church, and it just barely over a month away now. Homecoming is on September 27. I want to encourage you to begin inviting people already. Think about family and friends who used to attend City View, but who have moved away. Invite people who have just visited. Invite people who have never come before. Let everyone know they are welcome for a family reunion at City View.
Some encouragement I received this week
Many times in our Christian walk, we may become a bit haughty, arrogant, and self-absorbed. (I know.) And what we need is a reminder of how great the Lord really is.
Other times, we may become discouraged in our walk. We may become dismayed by all the worries of this world. We may become frustrated. We may become tired with worries. (This too, I know.) And again, what we need is a reminder of how great the Lord really is.
Below is just a small sampling of what God shared with Job to help him understand how incredible and great He is.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Like you and me, all Job could possibly say is only you are God.
I want to challenge you to read all that God shares in Job 38-41. Read one of these chapters each day this next week. And then, pause on the fifth day to read Job’s response in Job 43:1-6.
I hope, like me, you will be encouraged and reminded of the greatness of our God. He truly is Lord of all.
See the Fields and Pray
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
“One in a Million” by Priscilla Shirer begins Thursday, September 10, at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Please Register TODAY at the ICare table or contact Joan C.