OLP Prayer Team – What does it take to motivate churches to become more evangelistic, to become more passionate about the unchurched in the community, to take ownership (partnership) with God in building His kingdom through the local church and to become personally responsible for the health and welfare of their church? We are involved in our OLP (Outreach Life Project) which is a part of our 6 Months to Life emphasis. Our OLP emphasis includes OLP Outreach Teams that contact guests every Sunday, OLP Invitational Challenge to all small groups to “invite, invite, invite” people to Crosspath, and our OLP Prayer Team. None of us should need motivation to do what God has called us to do, but all of us need a little “nudge” at times. Our OLP Prayer Team is “the nudge team.” They are praying for our OLP emphasis throughout the week. They are praying for a “nudge” otherwise known as a touch from the Holy Spirit. Our “nudge team” is made up of people that believe in prayer, practice prayer, and people that are committed to praying for our teams for nine months. It should be a major motivation to know that they are praying – but the “nudge” is coming. The prayer team is led by Charlotte Andrews and includes (drum roll): Jerry Reed, Jim North, Chris Reed, Linda Reed, Ruth Ratchford, Tommie Erwin, Sarah Johnson, Mary Hendrix, Delores Ratchford, Jessie Wellborn, Betty Lee, Gracie Stout, Gordon Ratchford, Gina Reed, Hugh Pinson and Opal Pinson. I feel the “nudge” already knowing these prayer warriors are praying.
Next Sunday Evening – Next Sunday evening we will have our 4th Sunday worship event. This time we are having a worship service, with choir, praise team and our musicians (like a revival service). The worship will be led by David Inestroza. David is from Choluteca, Honduras originally, and is the son of missionary parents. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in music, with an emphasis on voice, guitar and piano. The choir will meet with David at 4:30 p.m. in the choir suite. I hope all of you will make it a point to be here. It will be a good evening of worship for everyone, every age, so I hope you will make it a point to be here at 5 p.m. I will preach a short message. You will be blessed by David’s leadership and gifts.
Fall Festival Today – Last week we postponed our Fall Festival until TODAY at 4 p.m. because of the threat of severe storms and rain. Hopefully, everyone is ready to go with your games and booths. There will be a meeting right after the service for all Activity Team Members for final details. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for this special event. We are not having a “Trunk or Treat” event this year; instead the Fall Festival will serve as the October event. Let me encourage all of you to come this afternoon, if only for a little while. It will give you an opportunity to “invite” people to our church – a boost in your numbers for the week’s OLP Invitational Challenge, and it will also support the hard work of our Activity Team and our Sunday School classes.
Pastor Appreciation Month – This is Pastor Appreciation Month in our convention and I thank you for your kind comments and kind gestures. My appreciation usually comes in August but I thank you for your love and support always. I want you to know that “I appreciate each of you,” and the greatest blessing, the most wonderful appreciation, I could ever get comes through your great SPIRIT and your willingness to serve faithfully. I am truly blessed to be your pastor.