Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
I was so proud of our church after seeing so many of our members working at the Good Samaritans Labor Day BBQ. It made me proud to be a part of our church and its members. I went by very early to pick up some to-go lunches and saw several members working then. Then Donna and I came back later in the afternoon to work our shift, and there were even more members starting to work or just finishing their shift. I was so proud of our church being so well represented with volunteers. It demonstrated to everyone in our community what a wonderful church family we have here. I do not want to mention any names because I know I did not see everyone and would leave someone out, but if you helped you know who you are. I will mention Carlie Hammond. I cannot say enough about her dedication, leadership and determination to make and keep the Labor Day BBQ the success it is. This is a major event in our community, and it requires more work than you can imagine. I would also like to say thanks to Peggy Shaw for encouraging our church members to volunteer. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday as much as I did. I gained a new appreciation for fast food workers. It is not an easy job!
This past month has been tough on our church family as we have lost some members. On a personal level, as a church leader it has been a very difficult time. We know the power that words can have and how they can affect us. When a pastor prepares his sermon, one of his goals is to challenge the congregation. They attempt to make us think and see things in a different light. We may not always like what we hear, but if it causes us to think differently for 15 minutes one day a week, then it has done something. I would hope your connection to our beautiful church and its family is strong enough to keep you coming back. At our family dinner tables when a person says something we don’t like, we don’t find a new family; we accept it or agree to disagree and move on. I pray daily that those who were hurt or offended by a recent sermon will find it in their hearts to return and continue to be a part of this wonderful church family. You are truly missed at BRUMC, but if you don’t come back I hope you find a church family that cares for you as much as we do.
Ephesians 5:29-30 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.