While the Annual Church Business Meeting, along with our adjusted early 3 o’ clock afternoon service last Sunday lasted for some 4 and a half hours, we nonetheless enjoyed and are praising God for the accomplishment reports, and even the various interesting ways they were respectively presented. We gladly welcome, and thank God as well for the inherent challenge in further improving our serve and performance in the diverse areas of our Church ministries.
God’s message on the mechanics of Going and Growing us a Church brought forth by Pastor Raul Ruiz from our Bethany daughter Church in Bahrain, was likewise gladly embraced and appreciated. It was essentially based on Philippians 3:13-14, and covers the imperatives of: Assessing the Present, Forgetting the Past, Pressing Forward, and Aiming at the Prize. In view of our expanding and growing ministries, we may resort to having a 2-part Annual Church Business Meeting-Reporting starting next year.
We continue to level-up in our individual ministry commitments and fulfillments by God’s enabling grace, direction, and guidance. We envision to diligently seize and faithfully steward the divers e ministry opportunities here and beyond with the consistent strengthening of the Missions base, and enlarging much more the World Missions reach. We humbly acknowledge God’s working in our hearts and our midst both to will and to do of His good pleasure. We surely recognize that the best is yet to come, and that the best days of Bethany are still ahead of us!
My dear brethren, let us always have a focused heart and an abiding trust in our great God as we obediently move on this 2nd Sunday in keeping our Stewardship and Faith Promise Missions Giving Commitment. We at the same time sincerely get ready to partake in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, always with a grateful heart as we remember what our Lord Jesus Christ hath done for us at the Cross, securing our redemption by His shed blood.
All By God’s Grace and For God’s Glory!
Pastor Gerry Nable