Last weekend I made a major announcement about Phase 1a and Operation 2012. We are amped up about this – especially since the project includes a generator! As many were not there to hear all about it, we sent a letter out this week to everyone who calls Whitewater home. You should get it this week, (if not, please contact the office). We are asking every individual in our entire church family to give $20.12 a month for 3 months (June, July, August). Big doors swing on small hinges! 227 folks have already signed up! If everyone does what they can, God will do what only HE can. Drawings are available at the Operation 2012 table in the Worship Center. Please stop by and take a look. Please pray, too, for our Design/Construction and ETF Teams who will be working hard to coordinate this project. McKnight church builders (who built our current Phase 1) will be constructing this and we hope to break ground the first week in June! It takes unselfish members to grow a biblically functioning church. Thanks for investing in changed lives!
Our staff is also under construction this summer and we are pleased to inform you that after the formal interview process, Whitewater member, Susan Humbert has been hired to fill the position of part-time Director of Small Groups. She will start July 1st. She is married to Steve (see picture below) and has been a member here for almost 3 years. Susan has a Bachelors of Communication Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and is currently enrolled at Cincinnati Christian University finishing her Masters degree in NT Biblical Studies. Please welcome Susan (and Steve) to our team. She is a winner.
Speaking of biblical studies, we have reordered another 100 SOAP Bible Reading Guides. It’s always a good time to start reading God’s Word! Be instant in season and out of season! If you are not already following a reading plan, pick up a SOAP guide at the Ministry Center and make time in God’s Word part of your summer plans. The SOAP guides are free, but suggested donation is $6 to help cover printing costs.
Reading the Bible will help you Encounter Christ and Counter our Culture, which is often corrupt. We will be launching a new summer series on June 2/3 weekend after you return from your Memorial Day celebration. The title is UN-Popular, and each weekend, we will confront a different cultural deception. Trust me, it will be a hot summer and a hot series! We have much to discuss. In light of our president now openly endorsing same sex marriage, and our own Cincy Mayor, Mark Mallory, recently signing a petition supporting same sex marriage, the church must stand up and speak the truth in love. This we will do. Thanks for your prayers.
P.S. I played golf this week with a National Long Drive champion named Scott Smith. He is the current world record holder having hit a ball 539 yards in competition! That’s right – 539 yards. I think I’ve found a new golf buddy!