I wanted to take a minute here in the midst of a very busy summer and just give you an update on some things that are happening around the church.
First, it's been a very busy summer. We've already had Family V.B.S., two mission trips (one to Mexico and one to Poland), several sports and youth camps run through the CLC, Summer Fun Days through our Pre-School and just this morning our 7th & 8th graders left on a charter bus to Knoxville for the CIY Mix Conference. Next week our Sr. High kids will be headed to Holland, MI for the CIY Move Conference and later in the month well over a hundred of our elementary aged kids will enjoy a week of church camp just down the road at Camp Allendale. In addition we've got another mission trip planned for Mexico. This is always a busy time.
I've been spending a lot of time trying to fill a couple of open staff positions as well as find someone for a newly created position. I'm excited to announce that Matt Goodpaster, our CLC Director, is going to be moving into the role of Church Administrator. In this role Matt will assist me by overseeing the day-to-day operations of the church. In addition, he will continue to have oversight of the CLC through the existing staff. Please pray for Matt as he begins this new role effective July 1st. I continue to search for a new Senior High Youth Pastor. This has proved to be more difficult than I first thought but I'm confident that the right man is out there. Pray for God's leading in this effort. Also, I have created a new position on staff that I am simply calling the "Serve" Pastor. The Serve Pastor will have oversight of all our local and global missions. This will include providing oversight to the current staff that runs our food and clothing ministries. Please pray that God will provide the right individuals to fill these roles.
The expansion plan is moving forward and I am anticipating being able to utilize the new space anywhere from the first of August to the middle of September. Our God@Work offering is over one million dollars and there are still monies that have been pledged but not received. I continue to be extremely grateful for the generosity of the Mount Pleasant family.
As of the writing of this, we have 8 more weeks left in The Story (we'll be taking a break this week for our Patriotic Service and another break on August 3/4 for our Back to School weekend). What a great study this has been as each and every week someone shares with me a personal testimony of how this study has created an even deeper desire in their life to study and know the Bible. I've been thrilled with the way this has worked out and I'm already growing in my excitement for our next study called "What If?" (watch and listen for more information).
Finally, I know it's the middle of the summer and everyone is busy but don't forget about the ongoing need to be faithful in your worship, your service and your giving. This past weekend our offering was down over $20,000 from our normal budgeted need. That's not unusual for this time of year but it can create some difficulty bouncing back. Don't forget that there are more giving options available to you than just the offering bag that's passed each weekend. With automatic ACH deposits and online giving you can support the church financially even when you're not here.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. And thanks for being such a great church.