Do you ever find it hard to say good-bye? There are just a couple of areas where it is hard to say good-bye: (1) people moving away whom you’ve grown to love; and (2) people being graduated to Heaven.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m thrilled in one sense that people get promoted and advanced. It’s wonderful to rejoice with them…just sad when they move away. Our present fellowship is broken. Thank goodness for I-Phones and the like!
I’m also glad people can go to Heaven. It’s what we all live for and look forward to. When those in our church family are called Home, there’s no I-Phone we can use to hear their voices, enjoy their laugh, or once again see the twinkle in their eyes.
On Monday, October 3, Lori Knoblich was called Home. As you are probably aware, Lori is the mother of David (he serves as the Office Administrator here at BVC), and Gail. She and her late husband, Ray, were active and involved in various ministries over the years here at BVC. In my mind’s eye I can still see them in the house having some of the wonderful food which had been prepared by our various members almost every Sunday. It was great having the chance to talk with them and hear what had been going on their lives. Lori was for many years an active bowler. She loved playing solitaire. She was a gracious hostess. Most importantly, Lori was a believer in Jesus. Having trusted Him as her Savior she strove to live for Him in all that she did. It’s wonderful to note that she’s in Heaven. So, too, is Ray. They’re reunited. I have to tell you that I’m going to miss her physically being among us but I wouldn’t want to deprive her of heaven and have her return for any reason. Can you begin to imagine what it must look like to no longer look in a mirror dimly? Can you begin to imagine what it must be like to see Jesus face-to-face? It has to be incredible!!
Never shy away from telling people about Jesus. Memorize John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; and Romans 10:9-10. Be prepared to answer anyone who has a question about your faith. Someone shared the Gospel with Lori and she responded. Maybe someone will be asking YOU and you can share the Gospel with them!
WHAT’S COMING UP?
First, Dennis Wilkison will have a great update on the progress of having the house demolished. Please make it a point to be in church this Sunday to hear that.
Second, why not join a mid-week Bible Study? 1 and 2 Peter are on Wednesday nights; Revelation is on Thursday nights; and An Hour with God is on Thursday nights. It’s a great way to become refreshed by being in the Word!
Third, Operation Christmas Child! Pick up your boxes this Sunday. There will be packing parties this Sunday as well as October 16.
Fourth, Community Family Festival is fast approaching. Bring in your candy this Sunday. Sign-up to become involved in this wonderful outreach to our neighborhood. We need all sorts of volunteers (from set-up, to food, to greeting, to praying, to trunk or treat, to clean-up). There’s something for everyone!! The CFF will take place October 31 (that’s a Monday) from 6-8 p.m.
Fifth, many thanks to those who came out for our return to 2nd Harvest Food Bank. I personally like the new system they have. We’ll be returning very soon!! If you’ve been before or never been, this would be a great time to join in the fun of serving our community!!
Last, it’s almost time for Christmas Choir! More information will be forthcoming.
Have a great rest of the week — see you on Sunday!!