To the Saints in Christ at Windsor Locks.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isn’t it wonderful to know your identity in Christ as a son or daughter of God? Isn’t it both a comfort and joy to know your eternal destiny is secure and your heavenly Father knows all about the problems and difficulties of your life and what you need before you ask? God is good all the time! And he has sure been good to us!
Many of you have commented over the past month or so how much you have enjoyed the coffee and fellowship time before and after the service. It is truly amazing to see so many of you laughing and talking with one another. I am excited about the change. It has greatly exceeded my expectations. All of this however could not have been accomplished without the sacrifice and hard work of those volunteering to purchase supplies and make the coffee from week to week. Thank you to Kara Forbes, Danielle Marois and the coffee team. Outstanding job and greatly appreciated by all.
A well earned thank you also to Joe Chamberlain, who custom built the coffee bar for us, and Carl Philbrick who had the less than desirable job of crawling under the floor to help Joe install the plumbing for the sink. Thank you to all of you that are volunteering to serve and bake the wonderful foods we are enjoying after service. Outstanding job by all!
Last week we had the privilege of serving and chatting with a number of visitors and were able to provide them with welcome gifts. I heard back from one member of our church who had invited a couple of friends. He told me how his friends spoke highly of their visit and everything they experienced from the worship service to the coffee and fellowship afterwards. They felt welcomed and comfortable and are planning to return next week. So we are seeing a benefit from our efforts not only in opportunity for weekly fellowship together, but seeing how the atmosphere we have all worked together to produce is also working to attract visitors into our midst. All good and a lot to celebrate.
As you know this was a busy month with small group and Sunday school start ups. Thank you Paula and Devon and Kara Forbes for getting out adult and children education programs and groups up and running. Small groups are very well populated this season and many of you can testify to your being fed in Christ through the efforts of our staff as well as our many dedicated small group leaders. We are indebted to the high commitment of our small group leaders. Thank you for being the backbone of our Christian education and discipleship efforts.
As you know my installation service was held on Sunday the 23 rd . Great job by the Hospitality Team on the installation service dinner. The Hospitality team did their usual outstanding job setting up and preparing the installation dinner. Lacinda’s fresh garden beets were absolutely out of this world. The meal was equal to or better than any local restaurant could serve and the desert cake was simply over the top excellent. Thank you to all who participated in the meal preparations. The worship team crushed it during the service, as did our guest speaker Pastor John Westerholm. Thank you Dwight for your service alongside EFCA New England Region superintendent, Sam Huggard, who was here to officiate along with Pastor Dwight. Everything was absolutely super. It was an event we can all be proud of.
This past week we launched several new ministries that I hope we can gather volunteers to help us sustain. We have set up a temporary visitor table in the Fellowship area where we are now directing our visitors. The table offers a visitor gift bag with information about the church in addition to a special WLCC coffee cup. Bibles for children and adults have also been relocated from the Narthex to the visitor table.
If you were here last week you noticed the highlighting of prayer offered by the Elders and the Deacons after the service. My hope is to see the level and importance of prayer raised throughout our church and ministries. I expect to continue to see prayer teams remain after all of our services. As I mentioned Sunday, we have little to offer if not received in prayer through the Holy Spirit. In addition to the present opportunities for prayer at our church, we will be starting a mid week contemporary praise and prayer hour starting October 17, on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 in the sanctuary. It is my hope that this hour will become an intimate time of fellowship with the Lord for many and a wellspring of prayer and God’s presence for our church.
As you know in the midst of the above, we welcomed Devon Forbes to our staff as our new Associate pastor. Devon started as of this past Monday and I am personally excited about working with Devon and seeing what the Lord will accomplish through him. All in all, we are achieving some great things together in the Lord; made possible through your personal generosity and faithful giving to the Lord.
I am greatly impressed with the spirit of generosity at our church and look forward to seeing how God continues to move us forward in his Kingdom plans. If by chance, you are not regularly giving to the ministries of our church, perhaps you can prayerfully consider why that is when you receive your yearly stewardship materials that will be mailed out to you sometime next week. It is never our place to coerce or pressure anyone, but rather we seek to invite you to participate with us in thanking and glorifying God through giving. It is our prayer you will not only join us in this great privilege, but discover the blessing and freedom that giving to the Lord provides.
Many Blessings in the Lord,