From Pastor Jeff

Praising God for His Blessings!

Included in this month’s issue of the First News are detailed reports on our 2017 Vacation Bible School and Day Camp and a six month review of the church’s financial condition. The week of VBS and Day Camp is one of the most important weeks of the church year and God really blessed us this year with a tremendous week.

This time last year, the church embarked on the Attitude of Gratitude Campaign. This spiritual growth and financial campaign focused on challenging our members and friends to give over and above their regular tithes and offerings to help the church not only meet our monthly expenses, but also meet some serious physical needs (a new HVAC unit for the Sanctuary) and fiscal needs (the Savings Account had been almost depleted during January - June, 2016).

You will remember that Attitude of Gratitude was a tremendous success. The HVAC unit was replaced, the new flooring was laid in the Sanctuary, pews were cleaned, dead trees were removed, the Savings Account was strengthened, and all regular expenses were paid. Yet, the financial success of the “Summer of Gratitude” was exceeded by the wonderful spirit of the congregation.

Look at the Six-Month Financial Review and I believe you will agree with me that the blessings of Attitude of Gratitude continue! By every measure the church is in a much better condition financially than this time last year. Praise the Lord, and THANK YOU for your support of this church and its ministries.

I will be taking a little vacation time in August. Ann and I are planning a short trip with family to the South Carolina coast and then a week in Williamsburg, Virginia, where Franklin will begin his studies toward an M.A. in History at the College of William and Mary. Our friend Bishop Richard Barnes, pastor of Valley Christian Fellowship, will be the guest preacher on August 13. He will, of course, bring his congregation with him. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study will not be held on August 9 and 16.
Let me encourage you to continue praying for the church, for the beginning of school, and for the people of Riverdale. May God be with you and yours!

To God be the Glory!

---Pastor Jeff Lowe