Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Celebrating and Anticipating

Most summers, we host Xtreme Week where about 700 boys and girls and 250 leaders come to Ingleside for a week of music, games, Bible teaching, missions, and crafts. For many children, it’s the best week of their summer!

Though we were not able to host Xtreme Week as we have in the past, I’m delighted to celebrate an excellent “Virtual” Xtreme Week that occurred last week. A little over 250 preschoolers and children participated – some from other parts of the country!

The curriculum was engaging. The teaching and music videos were well-done. And the end result was worth thanking our Lord for. Several children repented of their sin and placed their faith in Jesus right in their homes. We’ll follow up with them soon and help them plant their feet on the path of discipleship.

It took a creative team of staff and volunteers to pull off such an event. I’m really grateful for their efforts. If your child didn’t get to participate, or if you want to pass the experience along to someone you know, the materials (curriculum, downloads, videos, etc.) can still be accessed here.

Looking ahead, there are a couple of things to anticipate as well. This Sunday, during our 11:00 a.m. service, we will recognize the high school graduating class of 2020. Forty-two graduates will walk across the platform, receive a Bible, and have a prayer of blessing spoken over them.

Because of the special recognition, this service is nearing its 400-person seating capacity, so you may want to consider attending the 9:00 a.m. service if you plan to worship in-person this Sunday. Of course, we will maintain social distancing, strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings, and ensure the cleanliness of high touch surfaces in both services as is our normal pattern. You can reserve your seat here, or join us by livestream at 11:00 a.m.

You may also want to sign up to donate blood at our Blood Drive on August 5. The Red Cross will set up the donation center in our Recreation Gym, and you can schedule an appointment from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Donating blood is a way to show love to your neighbor, especially as hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are increasing.

Even in these program highlights, there’s a spiritual lesson. As you navigate this season brought on by COVID-19, I hope you will celebrate God’s provision, direction, and work in your life. I also hope you will anticipate his faithfulness regardless of your circumstances. You’ll find blessing, joy, and hope in both!

In the Spirit,

andy-johnson
Executive Pastor