Post-Easter Thoughts

04/04/18

 

What a glorious Easter Sunday!  Thanks to all of you who joined us. We hope those of you who were away found a dynamic Easter worship service where you were.  We had 135 persons at the 9:30 a.m. worship service (with some in chairs in the Gathering Space), and 29 at 11 a.m., not including the musicians who were at both worship services. The music, including our chime team, lifted us and gave us the hope and joy of the day.  May we be Easter people every day of the year!

They say that Easter Sunday is a great time to realize the potential of your church.  Since we make a special effort to worship on that day, including bringing friends and family members, it shows how many persons are within our ministry. I estimate that at least 300 persons look to Genesis as their church.  We are not small. We are a strong congregation with a great future.   We continue to have newcomers in worship almost every week.  Our open, inclusive, welcoming congregation is needed by many persons.

Ellen and I leave April 8 for Capetown, South Africa, for a long-planned vacation.  We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary, even though it isn’t until 2019.  While we are away, Georgia Hale will be leading worship April 8, freshly returned from a trip to Spain with Dwayne.  On April 15, Tommy Boutell will lead our worship service.  This is a chance to meet your pastor who will begin here full-time on July 1.

We’ve been asked the source of the “Practice” video that was shown in worship on Easter.  You can find it at www.youtube.com under the title “

What do you practice (Pearls of Wisdom by the great guide Prem Rawat).”  If you missed it on Sunday, enjoy it when you can.

 

I’m very aware of the incredible journey Genesis and Snow have taken over the last year and a half, and it is clear that God was guiding us.  We expended lots of energy determining our future and now we are settled into a comfortable building with many blessings.  However, it is now time to move boldly into the future.  My limitations as a half-time pastor will change on July 1 when you receive a full-time pastor who will guide you in creative ways.  Please pray about your role in our growing church, both in volunteer hours and in financial support.  The

good news is that we can do it!  The concern is whether enough persons will step up to find their place in our ministry.  This will be a healthy, future-focused transition of pastors. It will be bittersweet for me, as I try retirement again, but I’m confident in Genesis’ future.

 

Our children need you.  Please volunteer one hour a month or one hour every month to help during the 9:30 a.m. worship with child care or children’s Sunday School. If you’re available the last week in June to help with Vacation Bible School, please let us know.  It will be held each morning.  Susan Worsley schedules volunteers for our children’s ministry.

 

At one point, I led a “Church Anonymous” group for persons who had been abused by someone in a church or by the church congregation.  If you, or someone you know, could benefit from an occasional meeting of such a confidential group, please let me know.

 

I look forward to seeing you in two weeks!

 

Pastor John Ross

 

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