August 1

Dear friends,

In yesterday's sermon, I mentioned an organization called CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) that trains volunteers to help and mentor foster children through the foster system


I also announced that the Church Council has authorized a Building Fund.  The funds donated to the Building Fund will be used exclusively for land, construction, and furnishings at our new location.  (We do not yet know where that new location will be -- please pray that God provides and leads us to the place He wants us to be.)  We have set a goal to raise $50,000 by the end of the calendar year -- $50,000 in five months.  That is over and above your giving to the General Fund.


$50,000 is an ambitious goal.  But it is attainable, because 1) I already can see that you folks are generous, 2) you are committed to reaching new people for Jesus Christ, and 3) most importantly, our God is able to do amazing things when we step out in faith.  Your gifts to the Building Fund are a step of faith.  I encourage you to give whatever you can give -- no gift is too small.  Similarly, no gift is too large -- we won't complain if we collect more than $50,000 by the end of the year. 


The simplest way to give is a cash gift through the Sunday offering or online at  But if you want to make a gift of stock or of real estate or some kind of collectible, please contact the church office ( or contact me (


I am excited about what the future holds for us as a church.  I can assure you of this -- it will be more exciting than we can imagine.  Now I know that last phrase can be taken two ways, and there will probably be some of both -- trials and joys.  But the joys and the good will be much greater than the trials, because we serve a good God and He has plans to give us a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)


Please pray for me and pray for our Location Committee (just barely getting started).  We will keep you apprised of developments and plans as we go along.


If you've read this far, you deserve a laugh, so a joke follows.

May there be many signs of God's grace in your life this week.


And now for the joke:

The manager of a large office noticed a new man one day and tol him to come into his office. "What is your name?" was the first thing the manager asked the new guy. 

"John," the new guy replied. 

The manager scowled, "Look, I don't know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don't call anyone by their first name. It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my employees by their last name only - Smith, Jones, Baker - that's all. I am to be referred to only as Mr. Robertson. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?" 

The new guy sighed and said, "Darling. My name is John Darling." 

"Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you is..."

Evan McElreath