Dear Christian Friends,
As a young person I was brought up in a very strong missionary minded church. We often had missionary speakers and conferences as well as people who were members of the church who became missionaries. One married couple who had a very strong positive influence upon my life were missionaries to Africa. At one time in my life I gave serious consideration to becoming a missionary but later was led into pastoral ministry. Missions in all forms has always been important to me and to the churches I have served as pastor. I am grateful that OBC is a missionary minded fellowship! We take seriously Jesus words as recorded in the gospel of Matthew 28:18–20:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in Heaven and on earth has been
given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
As a church family we’re seeking to reach out in love and concern to the people of our
community. Also, we are looking for a pastor with a desire to help us accomplish this
ministry. We have a strong missionary budget that supports missionaries who are bringing the good news of the Gospel to people in other countries. One of those people is Kristy Engel who will be speaking at our church on Sunday, September 17 at 6:00 pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with a real missionary. She will tell us about her recent visit to the Ukraine and her plans for future missionary work. Don’t miss out on this outstanding opportunity! It makes supporting missions more personal when you get to know the people who are serving in this way!
Please also continue in your prayer support for the members of our Pastoral Search
Committee. They are currently interviewing potential pastoral candidates and will be
deciding who they believe will be the best fit for our church. We are all seeking the will of
God so please ask for His wisdom in everything.
Pray for me that I might have God’s wisdom and strength as I seek to worship and work
with you in this interim period.
Because of Jesus,