Dead or Alive?
Do you think that your minister sits around waiting for Sunday to return (the relent-less return of the Sabbath), so that he will have something to do and say once again during the only day he works. Well, I have been thinking and the “sound of those thoughts” are what you are reading right now. I have been thinking about the life of churches, and our church in particular. What are the signs of vitality in a church. Are we “live” or are we “Memorex”? So, I have come up with a few signs of a living, breathing, church.
Live churches have space problems – parking, classrooms, etc. (we had to move in 2009). Dead churches have no worry about space.
Live churches are always changing things; dead churches don’t have to – they just stay the same.
Live churches have noisy children and young people; dead churches are fairly quiet and serene.
Live churches have a shortage of staff; dead churches usually have a surplus.
Live churches are always over spending their budgets; dead churches maintain large bank accounts.
Live churches struggle to remember new names and faces; dead churches – everybody knows everybody – for years.
Live churches are constantly in need of developing new leaders; dead churches don’t – they just use the same ones over and over.
Live churches spend much on “missions.”; dead churches keep it “in house.”
Live churches are filled with givers; dead churches are filled with tippers.
Live churches operate primarily on Faith; dead churches operate totally on Sight.
Live churches strain to learn and serve; dead churches seek rest and comfort.
Live churches evangelize; dead churches Fossilize!
See you in church………..Jack
TRUST GOD??? TRUST GOD!!!!!!!!!!!
COME EXPERIENCE GOD AS YOU TRUST HIM!!
2013 Women’s Retreat is all day February 23, 2013!!
8:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30 Trusting God for the rest of the day!!
1 p.m. Trusting God for the rest of the day!!
5-6 p.m. Leave trusting God with the rest of our lives!!!
COST: $20 (Scholarships available for anyone who cannot afford to pay. )
Contact Berta Pitzer (428-8839) with questions about the weekend or scholar-ships
We at the Pitzer house-hold thank you for the generous gifts during this past Christmas season. We give thanks for you and pray that your 2013 will be a time of prosperity and health. God bless all of you.
Jack and Berta
From Sheryl, Marsha & Lori!
Thanks to each of one of you who blessed us with gifts of love this Christmas!
GREAT BANQUET NEWS
The Great Banquet Newsletter will ONLY be mailed out 2 more times in 2013!!!
You will then go online to lampstandpc.org and find a current newsletter under the Ministry tab or you can subscribe to receive the news-letter by email.
If you have questions, please call the church office at: 217-428-8839
We WILL have dinner and worship on January 23 and 30!!
January 23rd—Praise and Healing Service
Loan Balance as of end of December 2012 $1,109,128.97
Capital Fund Contribution $109,941.10 Dec2012
Expenses through Dec 2012 $120,000.00 ($67,648.66 Interest $52,351.34 Principal)
Capital Fund Checking Account End of Dec 2012 $36,046.21
Giving thru Dec 2012 $496,856.27
Expenses through Dec 2012 $480,793.41