Our four areas of ministry focus: (1) Provide opportunities for worship (2) Teach the Bible (3) Build and nurture relationships (4) Go and serve.

Devotion – November 11, 2016

Last Wednesday at POPS the adult study of the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23, concluded with self-control, taught by David Augustus. I have enjoyed teaching or listening to each message, attending every class and seeing many of you there as well.

David announced the plans for 2017 that will start on Wednesday, January 11, 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the small dining room. We will use a new curriculum that he is currently writing: Basic Christianity – A Reformed Perspective. In seminaries, this class is called Systematic Theology and usually covers three semesters.

Of course, there are other ministries that occur on Wednesdays, like music for children and youth by Cindy Litzinger, D-Groups for youth by Ben Johnson, education for adults by David Augustus, education for children by Ginger Powers, and music for adults (hand bells and choir) by Sharon Miller. We always have dinner from 5:30pm to 6:15pm with a little fun time at 6:05pm that has a welcome, song, joke, One Verse, and a prayer. Make plans to attend next year!

We need to balance our lives with work and study and fun time that includes spiritual growth for all ages. POPS has been especially important because we all get to see persons of all ages. POPS means Preparing Our People for Service and that means intentionally encouraging each other with stuff that matters.

I use the word “stuff” on purpose. It means Scripture, Transformation, Unity, Fellowship, and Fun. Scripture is the basis for all that we do and say (2 Timothy 3:16-17). By getting close to Christ, our minds can be transformed (Romans 12:1-2). Being all together helps with church unity (Philippians 2:1-5). Eating together and laughing improves Christian fellowship (John 21:12). And fun gives spice to life, as long as we give God the glory for all of it (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Lord God, we especially thank you for Jennifer and the POPS volunteers in the kitchen who served the meals and set the tables and washed dishes and greeted us with joy! Amen.

With the love of Christ!

Bob Bardeen

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