May 2019

Dear Sandy Creek Family,

First, let me say thank you to all who helped make our celebration of the Lord’s resurrection so wonderful. I heard many positive words regarding the time of fellowship, the beautiful cantata, and the welcoming atmosphere of the church. Countless time was committed in prayer and preparation to create an opportunity to worship in Spirit and truth. I pray a focus on the Lord’s power over sin and death as proven in His resurrection permeates every worship gathering we enjoy.

The resurrection of the Lord precedes a special time in the Church calendar. Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter. This is the day when we celebrate the entry of the Holy Spirit into the life of Christians. The Apostles were so filled with the Holy Spirit, that they felt compelled to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus. Acts 1:8 tells us that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The coming of the Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to influence the entirety of the globe with a radical declaration of truth. The very same Holy Spirit empowers you and I today as believers in Jesus Christ!

With that in mind, we are entering an intentional season at Sandy Creek. We aim to consider our commitment to the Great Commission, that is Jesus command to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20). Over the coming month our Sunday messages will concentrate on a campaign from the North American Mission Board (NAMB) title “Who’s Your One?” The church tends to focus on numbers – often big numbers seem to be the aim. However, the Bible tells us the Kingdom of God rejoices over the repentance and redemption of one lost soul (Luke 15:7). One Holy Spirit filled disciple carrying the Gospel can wield eternal effects. So, our aim is to take up the challenge and commit, corporately and personally, to live out the Great Commission.

We are still planning on engaging our community with some exciting events. May will bring an awesome children’s worship experience with the musical act Slugs & Bugs. This comes before the quickly approaching Vacation Bible School. Please pray for both ministry opportunities. Our aim is not to host an event or simply engage the children. Instead, we desire to build relationship with the families to declare and display the love of Jesus proven through the Gospel. That is the primary focus of all that we do at Sandy Creek – to proclaim the Gospel.

I continue to share my thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to serve you. Regularly, I am reminded in my weakness that His strength is made perfect (1 Cor 12:9)! I am especially grateful for a faith family that proves the body of Christ is equipped with many parts each working to carry out the purposes of the Lord. Let us continue to strive together in the faith!

Your Servant,

Pastor Matt

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Jason Luber