We are still here! Thanks to all of you for your patience as we
converted the method by which we produce our newsletter. The Newsletter is now able to help us
communicate more effectively online with those who benefit from our
ministries. A huge thank you also to
Paula Hudak for all her efforts in making this change happen for the betterment
These are exciting and
challenging times to be a Christian. The
church is changing, believe it or not the church is getting younger. Older members are leaving to go home to be
with Jesus, taking their traditions and how they served Christ with them. A vacuum is left, and nature abhors a
vacuum. The transition from what the
church was to what the church is and is going to be is well underway that is
what makes these times so challenging.
Younger people have a different
sense of calling than their parents or grandparents had. Older people were comfortable with planting
seeds and letting them go to germinate on their own and in their own time. Younger people need to be instantly
gratified. They not only want to the
plant the seeds, but fertilize them, put a sun lamp on them to give the seeds
more energy to grow faster. Then they
want to trim the bush as it grows, pick the fruit and start all over again,
right now! The congregations that refuse
to accept these realities I am afraid will not long continue to exist.
Part of the challenge is how do
we work with both realities. In the
coming months we are going to be talking A
LOT about mission and ministry.
We are going to be talking about what Calvary is currently doing and
what Calvary will be doing in the future.
We will need to hear from all of you.
Every voice is important!
Some of you will be disappointed
by the changes that are made. Others
will be upset because we do not go far enough in change. This is OK.
There will be no winners or losers in these discussions. We will
compromise and reach consensus as much as possible. Through all of this please know that God
loves you. You are precious to Him. The product of these discussions might be a
very different looking Calvary. Know
that you will have a place here, because not only does God love you but I do as
well, and I am eternally grateful and proud to be your pastor.