July Thoughts from Greg

“Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,

for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  

Hebrews 13:1-2

Saint John’s does hospitality right.  I’ve felt it ever since I arrived.   You all love caring for people and treating guests like they’re part of the family.  I hear it from our new members, how warm and welcoming you’ve been.  People comment on how loved they felt from the moment they walked in the door.
It’s a bit like when someone comes to your home for dinner, you pull out all the stops and do everything you can to make it special for them.  You find out what kind of food they like and make sure their needs are attended to.  They feel loved not just by what you say, but by what you do.
It take real spiritual maturity to put the needs of others above our own.  Next month, we’ll be making a change to our Worship schedule to show love and hospitality to those who aren’t even here yet.  On August 20th, we’ll be moving our 9am Gathering to 9:30am.  11am will remain the same.  With this move, we’ll be able to offer Kid’s Church at the same time as Worship.  Many young families tell us that a concurrent Worship and Kid’s Church is something they really want.  The Children’s Ministry volunteers are excited for the change.  We’ll need to recruit some teachers for the Adult Sunday school class if we want to keep that going.  I’m sure there will be some speed bumps along the way as we move to this new schedule and I’ve been so thankful at the openess to change for the sake of the Kingdom that you’ve demonstrated.
I hope you’ll join me in praying for more young families to join us here at Saint John’s.  Of course, as we put out the welcome mat, we won’t forget about all our other members.  I’m so grateful for your passion to see Saint John’s grow.  Please let me know if you any questions about our Worship changes.  There are no dumb questions.  
My family and I will be taking some sabbath time away this month.  Thanks for your prayers for our travels and rest.  I really appreciate it.