Pastor’s Notes – Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
In our Wednesday afternoon Bible Study, we are on a 13-week journey into “Overcoming; Rising Above Life’s Toughest Problems.” I am truly excited about this Bible study and the members who have attended have stated the same and I look forward to what God will do through this series and future studies!
I chose this series as our first course of study because I felt it would be helpful to all of us as we journey into 2018 and work (I pray) to overcome the challenges that may have held us captive in 2017 and face those challenges still trying to overwhelm us and make us feel that this year won’t be any better.
My “Pastor” Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas said something in a sermon nearly 20 years ago that has stuck with me “it’s not what happens to us that matters; it’s how we handle what happens to us.” This quote has been a wonderful reminder to me that stuff will happen in life that will often nearly take us out and its human nature to become upset, sad and even angry as we deal with these valley experiences; but the key (I believe) is to NOT stay angry, but to pick ourselves up and face each challenge head on knowing that when fervently we pray and seek God’s guidance and direction on how to tackle, address, face and ultimately overcome each challenge, God will always give us what we need to endure.
The other important challenge for all of us is to not allow these valley experiences to keep us from finding God’s presence in the storms of life – that will surely come. Sometimes, just changing our attitude about the storms we are facing can be the first step in helping us identify ways to overcome them!
On a separate note, I want to thank everyone who attended our second quarterly conference for this church year. Elder Smith was 100% correct when she spoke to the new spirit in our church and I want to echo her “thanks” for the progress we are making in chipping away at the financial debts we have. Slow and steady truly will win the race and I know that God has been with us and will continue to be with us.
Finally, let’s continue to pray for all our members who are on our prayer list and requesting prayer! Please remember Gaye Adams Massey and her family who celebrated the life of her beloved father Bishop John Hurst Adams yesterday (Jan. 20th); and let’s also pray for Thomas Brown the brother and uncle of Sister Shirley and Deanna Callender who is in the hospital as well as Shirley’s sister Gloria.
Blessings to each of you in the week ahead!
Pastor Carla Mitchell
Rev. Carla Mitchell, Pastor
Rev. Stacy Smith, Presiding Elder
The Rt. Rev. John Franklin White, Presiding Bishop
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