To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

The beauty in the way God designed the four seasons is that, though each one is distinct, they all work together to bring life and growth. Spring is a period of freshness and new life. Summer sees growth and productivity. Autumn is a time for harvesting the rewards of past labors. Winter is the season of dormancy and closure. Each season has its own unique beauty and makes a significant contribution to life.

Just as God planned seasons in nature, He planned seasons in life as well. Life has its springtime, when we begin new things and look excitedly toward the future. Summer comes and we work diligently in the heat of the day at all that God has assigned to us. With autumn comes the fruition of things begun at an earlier time in our lives. Winter brings an end to a particular period in our lives. Sometimes winter brings hardship, but we remain hopeful, for another spring is just around the corner!

In God’s perfect design for our lives, He has planned for times of fruitfulness and activity. He will also build in times of quiet and rest. There will be times when He asks us to remain faithful doing the same work day after day. But there will also be periods of excitement and new beginnings. By God’s grace, we will enjoy seasons of harvesting the fruit of our faithfulness. By God’s grace we will also overcome the cold winters of heartache and grief, for without winter there would be no spring. Just as it is with the seasons of nature, these seasons in our lives work together to bring about God’s perfect will for each one of us. Adapted from Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby c. 1997 B&H Publishing Group.

During the month of July, Adult Choir began working on their Christmas music: “Emmanuel – God with Us!” The special Christmas Music worship services will be Sunday, December 15th at 10:30am and Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm. If you have been considering joining the choir or just singing in the Christmas program, come be a part of the choir and you too will enjoy singing and leading in worship. We continue to rehearse each Wednesday evening at 6:30pm through August 28th resuming our fall rehearsal schedule Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00pm.

Special thanks to Carol Michalec, Organist and Pat Bullock, Pianist, for filling in for Carolyn Sandidge and Beverly Holmes in July.

Our Handbell Choir, directed by Glenda Wade, continues rehearsals every Tuesday at 6:00pm in the Agape classroom in the Hospitality Center.

The Men’s Ensemble will rehearse Wednesdays, August 7th and 21st, also September 11th and 25th, at 6:15 PM in the choir room.

The Ladies’ Ensemble will rehearse Wednesdays, August 14th and 28th, also September 18th, at 6:15 PM in the choir room.

The Children’s Choir will resume regular rehearsals Sunday, September 8th at 5:00 PM in the choir room. The choir is under the direction of Bill Eanes and Jean Haywood.

Rev. John Thompson

Rev. John Thompson

Minister of Music