A Word from Pastor Stefan
I Love to Tell the Story
“I love to tell the story of Jesus and his love,” goes the gospel song we have sung many times at church. We have a great story to tell our ourselves, our family and friends, and all the people we encounter in life: a story about a God who knows us in and out, who promised to be with us all the way, who gives us a vision and purpose in life, and who tells us over and over again not to fear.
I love to tell the story about children who love to come to church. During our Summer Soul service on Thursday evening, a young boy loved a song sung by Megan so much that he said, “That was so nice. I am going to invite my friends now to hear her sing.”
I love to tell the story of Anna our new organist, Megan, and opera singer Zarui Vardanean from Moldava who presented a wonderful concert.
I love to tell the story about a girl who was so excited to come to church for Sunday School that she put her nicest clothes on before she went to bed on Saturday evening.
Children feel and express freely what they like. On Sundays, one of my sons cannot wait to come with me to church to listen to music and help run the PowerPoint for the services. He even comes with me when I visit patients in the hospital or nursing home.
I love to tell the story to my neighbor that our council voted overwhelmingly for our Vision 2020 appeal to 1) focus on repositioning our church for growth, 2) work on property enhancements like replacing our leaking 50-plus-year-old roof and replacing our broken elevator, 3) invest in our mortgage reduction, and 4) support local and global mission outreach initiatives.
I love to tell the story of how so many people led and engaged many others in the long process of developing a Vision 2020 appeal and action plan that will help our congregation to focus on our mission to share God’s love with more and more people.
I love to tell the story how a woman came to church who is not a regular attendee but was greeted in a friendly way by several people. She felt so welcomed and left the church with joy.
I love to tell the story of our MOPS ministry that is growing and welcoming new mothers of preschoolers into their ministry that is now extending and offering an evening MOPS group.
I love to tell the story that we are offering our first Oktoberfest on September 16 from 4:00- 7:00pm where we, as a church, will come together for food, music, games, and fun. This will also be a good time to invite neighbors and friends to join in on the fun.
I love to tell the story that we have a growing number of young families who come to church and bring their young children for baptism … and even adults come receive baptism, to express publicly their faith in Jesus Christ.
I invite all of you to come to church and bring your offering on Commitment Weekend on September 8/9 to be inspired, to be a part of this great story of a God who touches lives, forgives, loves, and calls us all to share this amazing story with words and actions. I love to share the story that we have a Vision 2020 Appeal that is raising money, so we can get a new roof, elevator, invest to grow our ministries, and give to local and global outreach ministries. I thank all of you for your support and joining me to tell the story with our own words and doings.
Be inspired by the lyrics and the music:
I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings