What a blessing to rest in God’s gracious and sovereign plan… He has allowed so many outreach opportunities. On Memorial Day, we had over twenty visitors come onto our property and hear the Gospel. One of them was a repeat visitor from our Good Friday Concert. We have yet to see any of those visitors return, which is hard. As I asked prayer for in June, I had an incredible opportunity to preach the Gospel at a memorial service for my Grandmother. There were over seventy people there predominately catholic in background. I had a captive audience for twenty minutes. What a privilege to share with all of them the love of God displayed in the giving of His only Son
This month we have started a “new move ins” ministry. We receive a list of all those who have moved into Port Washington each month. Our first goal is to catch them at home and give them a welcome packet we put together. If they are not home we leave it as a door hanger. About a month later we have people from the church that will call to make a second point of contact with them. A few months after that, we will send out mailings as a third point of contact. We have already had three very good conversations this month with a Catholic, a Buddhist, and a man raised Presbyterian who has not been to church in quite some time. This man is married with two young children. He and his wife have wanted to get back into church and he was thrilled that we came by to welcome him to the community. Please pray that we will see them in church soon.
As most of you know, Liz had our baby on June, 25th. Emelia Marie-Ange Vigneault weighed 6.2 and was 19.25 inches. We are very blessed. She is incredibly content and sweet and Russell loves her to bits. Liz has been having a smooth recovery.
I have consistently been having wonderful opportunities to preach in Manhattan and simply help out around the church there. Yesterday I preached Psalm 133 on the blessings of unity. There are more and more attentive faces and open Bibles in the seats. What a blessing to see a hunger for God’s Word.
Food for thought – Paul is addressing the Colossae church in chapter 2 of Colossians and he has a great struggle for them. His struggle is that they not be drawn away from the truth by false teachers… persuasive false teachers. His antidote is found in verse 2 “ that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself”. His first desire is that their hearts be encouraged or (stabilized/strengthened) by being knit together in love. Do you allow yourself to be knit together in love? Do you actually spend time with your church family? Do you simply arrive, sit, observe the service and leave? And one last question, are you a member of a church in the first place? God’s design for believers is that they be saved, baptized, and added to the church; then to be united in that church and built up by it and participating as an actual part with its’ own gifts to add. This is God’s plan for the church. Allow yourself to be strengthened in your heart by being knit together in love with a local church.
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