“July How You Flew By”

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Eph 1:15-16).

Years after the Apostle Paul’s three year church planting stint  in Ephesus (Acts 18-19) he heard they were still growing in the faith.

They loved brothers and sisters in Christ—no matter their flavor. He also heard of their faith to step out and do what the Lord had given them the opportunity to be involved. In response to what he had heard he took a moment at the opening of his letter just to let them know how appreciative he was for them, how much he gave thanks in his prayers for them.

This July has been an extremely busy one at Parkland Chapel. In addition to our regular Sunday morning worship services, the first week of the month we sponsored and facilitated our first large-scale event, Man Up. Early the next week, we hosted 40 some Pregnancy Resources Center clients at our church; our folks teaching and training the mothers that attended (and handling the childcare, a HUGE task). The third week of the month, our Women’s Ministry took a trip up to The Muny, and watched the play Singing in the Rain. This past week we held our second annual VBS. “Mission to M.A.R.S. (Meet A Risen Savior)” was really terrific. We averaged right at 50 kids a night in attendance, with no less than 15 leaders and helpers serving throughout the week.

I would just like to say thanks to all who participated in any of the events in any way. Whether you served, attended or were behind the scenes interceding, THANK YOU. I thank the Lord for the congregation I get the opportunity to serve. What a blessing to step out in faith and love on those who God gives us an open door to minister to, no matter if they be in our body or from our community.

My prayer for you precious people is that you would know intimately and share passionately “the width and length and depth and height” (Eph. 3:18) of Jesus’ love. May the Lord continue to expand our influence for Him without us becoming distracted with service and leaving our “first love” (Rev. 2:4), as the Ephesians did so many years after Paul penned this. No matter what He allows us to do for Him, He remains that one “good part” (Lk. 10:42).

(You can check out pictures of any of the events on Parkland Chapel’s FB page. )

God bless,

Pastor Mike

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