May 8, 2013
I have been gone for a week and so glad to be back! As I was out of town, I was unable to participate in last Saturday’s LOL Service Day, but I heard it was awesome. Hundreds participated and great things were accomplished. Thanks to all our LOL leaders and all of you who served. Watch what happens with the ripples of love you created!
Speaking of serving, let me highlight 2 exemplary servants at Whitewater who are transitioning on to others areas of service. Mary Felty recently ‘retired’ as the leader of our Saturday morning facility cleaning crew (at 80!!). Mary has been cleaning this building as a faithful volunteer for years and years. Thank you Mary! Another one is Joan Buffington who recently retired as leader of our Prayer Ministry. Joan has moved to California to be near her family there and we will miss her terribly. Thousands of hours of intercession for us have been logged by Joan. Thank you Joan! Most of you never knew their names, but have been blessed and graced by their sacrificial service.
This week, let me list 4 key steps/opportunities coming soon for you to go further, faster in your walk with God:
1. The Men’s’ Banquet. Hey Men – have you bought your tickets yet?! It is less than 2 weeks away on Friday, May 17th. Buy your tickets now! Either online through our website (Men’s Banquet), or in the Atrium at the Ministry Center this weekend. It will be a great evening of laughing, eating, and sharpening. I have heard about the speaker – Chuck Proudfit. It will be worth the effort to come
2. Regina Green. You will be inspired, this coming Friday night (May 10th) here in our Worship Center, as our New Horizons ministry is hosting an evening where Whitewater member, Regina Green will be sharing her story about her fight with cancer. I hear that the Green family will also be singing! It starts at 6:30pm (till 8:30) and is one that will definitely stir your spirit. The New Horizon ministry is for ages 55 and up, but they are opening this event up for anyone who wants to come from any age demo. It is free. Regina has written a book about her experiences too, which will also be for sale.
3. ‘Dinner for 8’. Hard to believe but summer is upon us! Our ‘Dinner for 8’ groups are a great opportunity to do some awesome Summer Community. You can sign up as a married couple or a single adult and join 7 other people (or three other couples) for dinner once a month for the next 4 months. Restaurant dining or home cooked cuisines are options for your dining experience (child care is not provided by the church). As our growth rate has increased, so is the importance of meeting and connecting with new people. Deadline for signup is coming soon. Click on ‘Dinner for 8.’ Or signup at the table in the Atrium. You will be contacted by Susan Humbert, our Director of Community Groups.
4. Harrison Christian School Songfest. Whitewater is hosting their Spring Musical and Art Fair on Saturday, May 18th right after the Saturdayservice. This fundraising event features Whitewater worship artist Michael Boggs, as well as Whitewater member and ventriloquist, Denny Baker (and the HCS students will also be performing a Christian musical, “The Star Factor”). This is a free concert, but a love offering will be received. Harrison Christian School is a great school here on the west side and we are glad to host this event for them.
The Story continues this weekend with chapter 14 – A Kingdom Torn in Two. I can’t wait to share this message. It’s also Mother’s Day, so I hope you will be here. Many moms will be present and I’m so glad, but I am also acutely aware that for some, Mother’s Day is not a joyful occasion. I read the following recently from Amy @ Messy in the Middle.
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
Well said Amy. See all of you this weekend. God’s Story (and yours) is very important.