One of my first-year goals as Pastor was to get to know each church member here at Mt. Olivet, keeping in mind the great saying, “I don’t care how much you know, until I know how much you care.” I stated that last year in my Pastor’s Report for 2016. I believe that as a pastor and a congregation, we have fulfilled that goal of caring for one another and will continue to build on a growing relationship. As we ring in 2018 with the church website, LED sign (outside), PowerPoint (inside), a new roof (above), and all the other upgrades made throughout the last year, I’d like to share a vision I have for 2018 and the following years.
Sister Mary, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a gas station was just a block away. She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned. Since the nun was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, she carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gas and carried the full bedpan back to her car. As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two men watched from across the street. One of them turned to the other and said, "If it starts, I'm going back to church….”
The Spirit of God has been at work at Mt. Olivet. We’ve had many folks come back to church over the past year and half, with many baptisms (infant and adult) and new members joining. My goal for the coming year is get more people involved in the life of the church.
Like any organization, a church has those who feel called to serve in different capacities. Usually the rule of thumb is 20/80 or 10/90 which means that 10 or 20 percent of the church body is actively participating in the life of the church; elder, deacon, usher, choir, etc. My visionary goal is to widen that calling - not just ‘go to church’ but to take an active role at Mt. Olivet. There are so many ways to add your unique gifts to an already active ministry. During worship in February, I’ll speak to those opportunities, working through the premise of: belong, believe, be filled. God calls us not only to belong and believe, but to serve in whatever capacity we are uniquely suited for. In doing so, we are filled intrinsically with the love of God while we serve, loving others.
Here’s to a great 2018,