“This is the Day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” So goes the call of the Psalmist as God’s people gathered for worship in the time of David. Today we still gather to praise God, and we have many reasons for rejoicing.
In that light, as part of our offering today, there are yellow stars or “bright spots” inserted in your bulletin. You are encouraged to write a joy or thanksgiving you have in your life on the “bright spot” and put it in the offering plate along with your offering. Your bright spot might relate to the ministry of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. It might be a member or staff person who shows compassion, a Bible study or program that enriches you, the feeling you receive being on the grounds, the beauty of music and worship, a mission outreach we have. Your “bright spot” might be a family member or friend who has been there for you and shown you love. God might be the bright spot in your life as God has sustained you. Pick one “bright spot” today and offer it to God. We will collect the bright spots and post them in the Christian Ministry Center, creating a wall of joy.
One way God is using this church is in reaching out to children and youth. Today we will receive a report from Steve and Tamara Correll on mission work done in El Salvador with the Compassion International children which a good number of members of EPC support. We also welcome back the youth who went to the Montreat Youth Conference and the Fruitland Park Music Conference last week. They will be sharing some of their experiences next week. Finally, note that there are just a couple of weeks left in our collection of school supplies for Master’s Workshop. The deadline is Monday July 28.
In every year there are bright spots and challenges. This year is no exception for Eastminster. Your session has called a Congregational Meeting at 11 a.m. next Sunday July 20 to present a mid-year review of our ministries. All members and interested guests are encouraged to attend this meeting, which will last about 30 minutes. The Congregational Meeting will provide a snapshot of our giving, outreach, educational and worship ministries. Our goal is to move forward together in revival and revitalization with honesty, transparency and love. It is a joy to me to be on this journey together!