Personal Note by Pastor Alan
This week, in our daily readings, we read the account of King Hezekiah cleaning up the temple. Prior to his reign, the people and kings had turned their backs on God and his temple. They had quit keeping up with the all the rituals God had commanded them to do, they had brought in unclean or pagan worship items, and through neglect let the temple get run downed.
As we've been cleaning out our church building and moving into the new office, I can relate to what King Hezekiah did. It is so easy to let outside objects come into the church that it pushes out what we need to focus on-- God. As we make these changes to our building, let's not forget why we are doing it.
First, this building belongs to God and not us. Like the temple in Israel, our building represents God in our neighborhood. When our building is run down, dirty, with trash in the parking lot and an unmowed yard, that makes a statement to the community that passes our building everyday. How is God represented by our building?
Secondly, we want to improve our building so when we are allowed to come back to worship fully it will be inviting and pleasant for guests. Frist impressions are very important and we want to make a good one so our guests feel welcome and able to hear clearly the message about Jesus Christ.
So we are doing a lot, not just for our sake, but for the sake of the gospel. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus and the lost living around us and not on our desires. Let's make our church a place where people will want to come and worship our great God!
Onward and Upward!
Roof Repair To Begin Soon
After looking at what is needed to repair our leaky roof, we have decided to use Robert And Sons Roofing Services. They are highly recommended for working on the roof. The first stage of the repair begins with the flat roof getting repaired. It has a tendency to leak during a heavy rain. A new roof layer will be put down, all the vents and drains replaced, rotten wood replaced, and the cap metal cleaned and replaced. This should stop the leaks.
They will also patch the roof above the fellowship area in the older building until it can be fully replaced this spring. Currently due to COVID-19, prices for shingles and wood needed to repair the old slanted roof are extremely high. It is hoped that as more production takes place the supplies are restocked the prices will drop.
The total cost for this project is $16,000. The last time the roof was repaired was in 2004 and it was done for $9,600. So the price is good considering inflation and was a lot less than what we had initially expected. Robert the roofer is giving us a "church price." Pray for their safety as they do the work.
Daily Scripture Reading For August 31 - September 4
Monday: 2 Kings 20, Isaiah 38-40, Psalm 68, 1 Corinthians 11
Tuesday: Isaiah 41-44, 1 Corinthians 12
Wednesday: Isaiah 45-48, 1 Corinthians 13
Thursday: Isaiah 49-52, Psalm 69, 1 Corinthians 14
Friday: Isaiah 53-55, Psalm 128, 1 Corinthians 15
New Office Open House Next Week
The new office is up and running this week. Though a few minor details still to be addressed, for the most part we are moved in finally. We will have an open house on Sunday, September 16 after the worship service. Another open house for those who want to be socially distanced is on Tuesday, September 18 from 10:00 to 2:00 on a drop in basis. Come see your new office!
September's Memory Verse
"But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name."