In today’s blog, I want to make sure you know about: (1) our Thanksgiving Celebration service; (2) our “Christmas with Ingleside” television outreach; and (3) next steps related to the SOGI ordinance.
I hope you have already made plans to join us for our Thanksgiving worship celebration on Tuesday night, November 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. We will have great music, I’ll share a biblical message, and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.
Seating will be limited to 400, and reservations are required (you may make your reservation here). We will practice social distancing, and face coverings are strongly encouraged.
Even though this year has been full of unexpected challenges and the future seems clouded with uncertainty, God is still on the throne . . . and he is worthy of our praise and our gratitude.
Remember, the Scripture says: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV).
I hope to see you on Tuesday night, November 24!
Christmas with Ingleside – December 12 & 19
In a typical year, literally thousands of people would gather on our campus in multiple presentations for a joyful musical celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
However, this is not a typical year. So, given the realities and challenges of COVID-19, this year we have made another plan.
On Saturday nights, December 12 & 19, at 7:00 p.m. we will broadcast Christmas with Ingleside – a one-hour, Christmas music special on NBC41. It will include great numbers from recent Ingleside Christmas programs, as well as a brief gospel presentation with an opportunity to respond.
So, put it on your calendar now. Invite friends and family to join you, and plan to be part of Christmas with Ingleside on December 12 or 19.
SOGI Ordinance Update
As you may know, on Tuesday night, November 17, 2020, the Macon-Bibb Commissioners voted to approve the SOGI ordinance 5-4. Commissioners Bivins, Lucas, Schlesinger, Tillman, and Watkins voted in favor, while Commissioners Allen, Jones, Shepherd, and Wynn voted against the ordinance.
According to our Macon-Bibb County charter, the Mayor may veto the legislation “within ten calendar days of receipt of an ordinance.” Otherwise, with or without his signature, the ordinance will become law. If he does veto the ordinance, it would take six votes from the Commission to override his veto.
So, I have contacted our Mayor, Robert Reichert, again to respectfully urge him to veto the ordinance. I encourage you to do the same. The Mayor’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you draft your request to the Mayor, your own personal words and concerns will be most effective. Boilerplate, where many send in exactly the same text, is not typically well received.
I’m very grateful for your partnership in the gospel, for your commitment to the truth of God’s word, and for your advocacy for religious liberty.
Let your voice be heard. Be salt and light!