Pastoral Transition: Important Announcement from Pastor Harvey and the Elders

Pastor Harvey and the Session announced after morning worship on Sunday, May 20, that he has received and accepted a call to a new work. The letters read by Jay and the clerk of Session are at the links below and and include important details on the path forward:

Please pray for our church during this transition. Pray for Pastor Harvey’s new ministry, and for the Harvey family’s upcoming move. Pray for our church’s stability and health. Pray for the development of our search committee, and for its discernment in seeking potential pastoral candidates. And pray that God would lead his chosen servant to us and lead us to greater blessing, in God’s providence.

Sign Up For Wednesday Night Ministries!

Next week (9/6) we will begin our Wednesday Night Ministries.  Please sign up by clicking the button below. This post has additional information about our youth and children's ministries. 

This year our youth group is dividing into two groups, Junior High (6th-8th) and Senior High (9th-12th).  These groups will meet in separate rooms and have separate teaching, discussion and game times.  Our youth leaders have worked hard to develop a good plan that allows us to make this important expansion of our youth ministry.  Please spread the word! We welcome friends from the community to participate in our youth ministry.

There will be an open gym for elementary aged children from 6:00-6:30PM.  

The Children's Discipleship will be 6:30-8:00PM in the Fellowship Hall.  This time is split between a lesson and activity from the New City Catechism and the Children's Choir.  This is an integrated hour and a half rather than two separate ministries.  We believe that the content and discipleship training that we are offering in this time is unparalleled.  Our children will receive truths and skills that they will never outgrow.  Please plan for your children stay the whole time. The curriculum is integrated and requires all the time, people and resources that we have available.     

At the close of the evening parents can pick up their elementary aged children from the Fellowship Hall and Youth from the Family Life Center.  We ask that following pick-up parents supervise their children in the building, in the parking lot and on the playground.

A Break for Mrs. Freer!

After a busy and fruitful summer, we are giving our Children's Director, Mrs. Debbie Freer, a four week paid leave for some much needed rest and recuperation.  Our church is so thankful for Deb and all that she does for us and our children.

Additionally, many of you are aware that in the spring Deb was in an auto accident and had a significant concussion.  She has been and still is in a professionally monitored treatment program for her recovery.  Deb has continued to work while at the same time attempting to incorporate the directives of her providers. Sports Camp and VBS were grand again this year.  Sunday school and VBS took even more work than usual this year due to the curricula used.  We feel as a Session that we need to give Deb the opportunity to disengage as much as possible from her duties in order to aid her recovery.   So, starting Wednesday (8/16) Deb will begin a four week medical leave.  

During this time, we would ask that you would endeavor not to contact Deb with work related requests and try not to bring up these matters at church if you see her.  Pat Barnett will be overseeing Junior Church and David Rose will be overseeing Children's Sunday School.  Olivia Briscoe remains the contact for nursery and will also cover Beginner Bible Time.  Please contact these folks with questions in these areas. 

Please be praying for Deb during this season of leave, that it would be helpful in speeding her recovery and provide rest and refreshment.  Finally, if asked to help during this time please step forward.  You can know that your contribution to help is a tangible way of showing love and appreciation for Deb in this period. We want her to return to a healthy and robust ministry that has been well cared for during her leave.