MIDWEEK MESSAGE 80
Hello and welcome to Midweek Message #80. Thanks ahead of time for letting me “bend your ear” for a few minutes.
Where do I start? I have so many things running through my mind about Sunday’s 17th so I guess I’ll just start and see where I land:
- The 17th anniversary celebration was a success. You all adjusted so well to the different conditions. Some of you came ready for the coolness of the morning but some of you headed for the comfort of the sun. Little did I realize the picnic tables would be much more popular than I thought they would be. I should have known since they were in the direct sunlight. ☺
- It was heart-warming to see so many of you visiting and laughing together. That is, perhaps, the #1 complaint about having two services.
- In spite of the different conditions, I thought the spirit was good and I heard from one source that you were really singing. From where I stood, I was only able to hear myself and trust me when I say that it was not very good! ☺
- The turnout for the pitch-in was phenomenal. After only having 40-50 people sign up I only set up tables and chairs for about 60. I was wondering when Pastor Ryan and Chris Brown set up a couple more tables if that was going to be necessary. I’d say that and more were needed! It was exciting to see so many people stay afterwards to eat, laugh, and enjoy being together.
- I was really stoked when Pastor Ryan set up a volleyball net and when I went outside there were at least 20-30 people involved in playing. It started out as just hitting the ball, then the young people started feeling their oats and wanted to play the adults. 6 adults vs about 100 kids. The adults won! ‘Course there is a rumor I may be a bit prejudiced but that would be untrue.
- Even though it was difficult to see the possible future building plans while we were outside, many of you had a chance to see them as they scrolled on the screen during our meal. I hope you were excited to see what the possibilities are.
- Your generosity still astounds me. I will include details about offering next week. ☺
During my sermon I said that those I have talked to really could not pinpoint the exact first day of OVCF so that explains why we have jumped around to different Sundays in October. While we were eating, Terrie MacMorran informed me that…get this…October 17, 2004 was the exact date for the first meeting of OVCF. Is that cool or what? ☺
Here is the part I look forward to, but could also get me in trouble: the thank you part. I know it is dangerous and I wrote a bunch of names down as things happened. Please forgive me if I leave you out. It is not on purpose, but there are some folks who need a virtual high five.
- Zach Hogan for donating the use of his stage and sound equipment. What a tremendous act of generosity it was! Brad Brinson and Dick Hogan came to help put the stage together on Saturday morning.
- Joe Pavich for going above and beyond in making the live stream a possibility. He spent hours here on Saturday, came back early Sunday, left to get his 3 children, and then return to run the live stream for us. He had help on Saturday: his daughter, Charlotte, was a big help to him. (And she liked my offer of peanut butter-filled pretzels…which dad okayed).
- Daniel Hamlin not only made the two ends for the cable, he made a special trip in from his home near Jordan Village on Saturday to get it to Joe.
- Pastor Ryan did a lot of ordering and helping Joe until he was no longer available because of a wedding.
- Diana did a lot of extra work getting all the print materials ready, as well as ordering things which were needed.
- My wife, Jo, was looking forward to having the Sunday off from Power Point but changed her plans to type up and do the Power Point for the songs.
- Wayne Akerson worked on making the presentation for the Building Team.
- The Worship Team-Dick and Vicki Hogan, Pastor Ryan, Jim & Diana Markland, Tiffany St. John, Cara King (who showed her multi-tasking ability by not only singing, but helping hold music for Heather so we weren’t singing “The music my friend is blowing in the wind”), and Heather Keith. Each week a different worship team steps up and leads us. They always garner my thanks.
- The nursery, check-in and children’s program volunteers who graciously taught our kids.
- To all of you who helped afterwards I cannot say thanks enough. You helped make a long process very short.
- And, once again, all of you for making the celebration a special day.
After a celebration of God’s goodness and faithfulness to us as a church, it is important to keep in mind what our mission is and why, I believe, God has blessed us. There are two events coming which are really important.
- Operation Christmas Child is about to launch. As soon as Diana has the material from Samaritan’s Purse she will make it available. This is just a friendly reminder that OCC is fast approaching.
- We will be providing a meal for the community on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lions Club. Specific details will be coming.
I see my space is up for this week. Before I go, I’d like to ask you to read two passages which I read yesterday morning: Psalm 113:1-4 and 115:1. Our whole purpose is not to garner praise for ourselves. In fact, we make a pretty small package when you get right down to it. We are, instead, supposed to deflect the praise from ourselves to God, the only One worthy of that praise. Someone might say, “Well, Pastor Bill, you did an awful lot of praising others in this MM.” That is true because I do believe people need thanked for doing good things. But ultimately, the praise goes to God for providing for us in such a good way.
Thanks again for everything. I am honored to serve as your pastor.