A FULL HOUSE
Have you noticed that the church building has been a pretty busy place lately? A number of people have commented to me about just how much activity can be seen happening on most evenings of the week and on some weekends.
On one evening, our Multicultural Team had to meet in the prayer room because the Shepherding Elders, the Deacons, the Cadet’s Boy’s Club, and the Money Life Legacy Course were all meeting on that same evening. Recently we actually had to tell a community organization that there was not a single room available for them to use for a Saturday morning meeting. On that particular day the Make Tax Time Pay program together with the Gem’s Girl’s Club rally were scheduled to occupy every available space in the church.
All this suggests something wonderful is happening. Between the ministries we are offering and the welcoming attitude we have toward partner organizations, the building is being used more and more frequently. This means more ministry is being done and more lives our being touched. Since our building is not our own, but belongs to God, we are delighted to see Him using it to His glory in this way.
Of course, along with growth and increased activity come challenges. It is harder to coordinate room use and to keep rooms tidy. But these things are easily solved if we just think of ourselves as—in fact we are—a big family occupying God’s house together. Here are a few basic principles for doing life together:
· We can be considerate of the others who share the building, while being patient with them when things occasionally go wrong.
· We can routinely let our Admin Assistant, Jill, know when we need to book a room. We can also let her know if we cancel a meeting, so she can uses the freed-up room to accommodate others.
· We can leave rooms as clean as we find them. If we take something out, we can put it back. We can push chairs in around tables, leave surfaces clean, vacuum if necessary, and wash any dirty dishes.
I thank the Lord for how He us using us and for the building He has given us for His service! May our building problems increase(!) if this means that vital ministry is increasing as well.–Pastor Tom
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