Florence Congregational Church
Thursday, February 20, 2020
A Place to Connect

October 2016

Where does time fly? How many times have you heard that question? When you are young it seems like time stands still. As we get older, time seems to slip away faster and faster. It hardly seems possible that we are celebrating eleven years here atFlorence Church.

I love the church of Jesus Christ. I am humbled every time I think about what God is attempting to do here, and how some labor with great love for the work we are called to do. Unfortunately, no matter how much I love the church, there are thousands (hundreds) of people in our community who will drive by every week with no interestin stepping through our doors. It’s not that they’ve given up on God or that they’re not interested in spiritual things. In fact, statistics show that these “drive by” friends are a lot like us. A large percentage of people say they still believe in God and that faith is important. Many are open to pursuing their faith development.

Rather than be discouraged, I see this as an opportunity for our church and our community. But how do we seize upon this opportunity? We have had conversations about this, both at the July and August Cabinet meetings. What is needed is your ideas, commitment, energy and willingness to try new things, or to do things we’ve always done in new creative ways. Gone are the days when citizen’s merely dropped in on any given Sunday just because the front doors were open. Just this past Sunday a couple from the community visited us. They said they were shopping around for a church that fit their needs. They were invited to return and get to know the congregation. People need an invite. They want to be wanted. They want to be accepted for who they are. And, they want to know their ideas have merit and value.

You have an opportunity to meet and greet potential candidates this month. Rebecca, our Community Relations Director has planned three music concerts for October. Each Saturday, with the exception of October 1st and 22nd, you are invited not only to enjoy the performances, but also extend a warm welcome to the guests attending. Additionally, you have the opportunity to make a donation to our featured non-profit organization, Cancer Connection.

Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families and their caregivers can learn how to cope with their changed lives and bodies and emotional turmoil by sharing strategies and resources. All of our offerings are free of charge. There is much to be gained from learning to team with the medical system and draw on our own strengths, a constellation of integrative therapies, and the wisdom of our peers who have traveled the same road before us. One hundred percentage of your donation goes to Cancer Connection. See Cancer -Connection.org

I close with a few words for reflection: The heavens are telling of your glory, mighty God, and the firmament proclaims your handiwork. Day -to-day pours forth speech, and night-to-night declares knowledge. All creation speaks to us without words and moves us without sound. We feel the warmth of the sun and are reminded of your care. From generations past, we have received your law. You call us away from idols that distract us. You remind us that you are to be worshipped, not exploited for our selfish purposes. You direct us to observe Sabbath times for refreshment and renewal. We confess that we have not loved you with all our hearts, souls, strength and mind. We come to you today, reigning God, through faith in Jesus Christ. We press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Amen (adapted from When We Pray by Bob and Lavon Bayler)



Pastor Irv



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