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
"Until the Whole World Hears" is more than just a catchy Christian mission phrase. It's a lifestyle that says, "I want to feel the heart of Jesus and see the world through His eyes. I want to be His hands and feet. I want to live a life that leads people to Him."
This Sunday, Parkside Fellowship will begin a week-long global mission emphasis revolving around the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This emphasis is not just about writing a check; nor, is just about praying for our global missionaries......that's the easy part. The hard part is making a personal commitment to join the harvest.
Every farmer wants a harvest. His eyes see an empty field that is overgrown with weeds and covered with rocks. But his mind sees his field covered with strong, healthy crops. And the promise in his mind, not the problems before his eyes, takes him into the field to work.
First he breaks up the hard dirt, so the seeds can grow easily. Then he plants the seeds. As they grow, he pulls out the weeds that try to choke the new plants. He makes sure they have enough water, and he protects them from birds and bugs.
He does his part, knowing that only God has the power to make the seeds grow.
When the time is right, the farmer goes into the field, gathers the fruit of his harvest and takes it to his storehouse. There, he collects new seeds for the next planting season--more seeds than he started with. So his harvest grows greater every year.
This is the parable of the harvest found in Matthew 13. For generations, farmers or what today we call missionaries, have been preparing and spreading the seeds of the Gospel and now, more than ever, they need harvesters to go out into the fields and harvest the seeds that have been planted and are now ready to be harvested.
In Matthew 9, Jesus displays true emotion as he looks out over the crowd that has gathered to hear him teach and turning to his disciples says, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." What field might God be calling you to go and join the harvest.....if only for a week or two.?
All must Pray.....Many will Give......Some will Go. Join us this Sunday, as we ask God to show us our role in the harvest. One easy role is to make a personal commitment to invite one person, who doesn't know Jesus, to our Christmas Eve service, which takes place at 4:00pm. Who is God placing on your heart to invite?
FYI.....don't forget tomorrow's (Saturday) Young @ Heart Christmas Party. It takes place from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in the Fireside Room.
See you Sunday......or Saturday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor