And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (ESV)
If there is any mark of the Christian life it is the desire to practice love, forgiveness, and graciousness because that is what we have received by God in Christ. Christianity calls us to take what we have received from God and replicate that to others. In many ways, this is a heavenly calling of restoration to a fractured world.
Keith Snow will be preaching this Sunday as I head to St. Andrew's Chapel in Sanford to attend graduation with my family. Again, if you are planning on attending please arrive early. There is no reserved seating. Commencement begins at 6 pm. You are also more than welcome to join me and my family for a small celebration at a place to be determined after the ceremony.
As we enter into our summer season please remember that Senior Sunday, Costa Rica missions trip, and Vacation Bible School are all on the calendar. Shane Fowler will also be doing day get-togethers with the youth throughout the summer.
A praise to report: you may recall at the start of 2015 we had to cut staff positions due to lack of giving. Thankfully, by God's grace, a generous gift has been given to the church that will allow us to staff children's ministry. Heather Coggins will be leading this ministry beginning at the start of the new school year. I am so excited Heather will be joining us, even though she's a Red Sox fan.
Speaking of giving, the current Greater Things campaign is schedule to end in October 2015. Please re-evaluate your progress on your commitment. If you are lagging behind please pray and consider adding gifts and donations. Likewise, if you have already met your commitment we always welcome continued generous giving as some in the church have been doing. You will be receiving more information in the near future.