I hope you are having a great week and have made time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!
It's hard to believe the month of February is over, as it has been a busy month around the Parkside Campus.
Here are some quick highlights:
In addition, you will have the opportunity to hear about and ask questions regarding the 2020 budget. Ballots to approve the 2020 budget will be available after the meeting and must be submitted by noon on Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, at our 9:15am service, we will continue our year-long series titled, RENEW, as we focus on the subject of worship. Looking toward Pastor's Avery's message, I want to invite you to come a little bit early on Sunday. As you enter the lobby, you will see some chairs scattered about with sheets of paper on them. These pieces of paper will have Bible verse printed on them that are designed to focus your attention on the glory of God. Feel free to spend a few moments in prayer and reflection, as you prepare to respond in worship for who God is and what He has done in your life. Finally, as you enter the sanctuary, our church council members will be available to anyone who would like to pray with them.
As you prepare your hearts to worship our God on Sunday, I want to leave you with an excerpt from "The Church Awakening" by Charles Swindoll:
"The essence of worship does not refer to external, localized actions we perform. Worship is inward. It has to do with the mind, the heart. Worship is the personal contemplation and adoration of God. It is the natural response of those who recognize who God is and what He has done on our behalf. The essence of worship has to do with our internalizing our adoration. When we worship we affirm a deep, personal commitment."
I hope to see you at our annual meeting tomorrow (Saturday) at 3:00pm.
Have a great weekend and as always.....see you Sunday!
Oftentimes, we struggle to form a cohesive understanding of the purpose of the church. Do we place our efforts and resources towards fulfilling The Great Commission solely? Do we send every member on an overseas mission trip? Do we knock on doors of our neighborhood to proclaim salvation through Christ? The following is an excerpt from John Piper’s book, “Let the Nations be Glad!”:
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever. Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.”
When we get worship right, missions, evangelism, discipleship, ministry, family, etc. come into right perspective. Take time today to offer a moment of private worship adoring Him because He is worthy of our worship.
We are one month into a new decade and already I can see how God is beginning to shape the direction of our church for the next 10 years. Imagine a different future. Imagine a church that is driven by a deep passion to become a living demonstration of God’s glory incarnate in its community. Please be praying for our church council as they continue to meet together, pray about and strategize for how Parkside Fellowship can be this type of church, a community who knows the gospel and is equipped to live the gospel out. Also, our annual meeting (celebration) will take place at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 29th. Please save this date and plan to come and hear what God has in store for us this next year.
I want to thank all of you for your faithful giving this past year. Because of your commitment to the ministry of Parkside, we were able to end our fiscal year with a cash surplus that will enable us to enter this new decade with confidence that God is wanting to use Parkside for His glory. Having a positive cash flow gives those in leadership positions the freedom to budget for growth, which in turn will have a greater gospel impact on the community around us. Thank you so much for your faithful giving!
Finally, thank you for praying and for giving of your time, talent and treasure. I am excited about things I see God beginning to do and will be sharing some of these at our annual meeting in February. Until then, continue to pray for Parkside Fellowship, asking God how and where he wants you to serve His church.
With love & appreciation,
Pastor Doug Boyd
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor