Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What is going on here?

I hear that question more and more, especially from the staff and the leaders of the church. The only thing I can say, "it's a God-thing!" This last series has been off the hook. I really enjoy and get excited talking about our calling (kaleo) and how it connects in with the Church--I get fired up just thinking about it. We've had a great response talking about our call (kaleo) to community, our call to generosity and our call to go (you can listen to these messages through our podcast link or watch them on Viddler.) We are going to conclude the Kaleo series by looking at all the places Whipple has its hands (and feet) in ministry. You'll be seeing & hearing from our various missions. We are excited to have Mark & Naomi Hale, the missionaries from Poland, here with us this Sunday. It's going to be a blast. It was so exciting to see so many hands raised last Sunday that committed to go on a short-term mission trip in the next 12-13 months. (We didn't forget about you raising your hand--you will be commissioned this Sunday!)

Also on Sunday, we had baptisms. What can I say about baptisms--WhooHoo! God absolutely showed up. We knew 5 were going to get baptized but by the time it was all said and done, we baptized 11 people. It was so awesome to not only see the faces, but know the stories behind those being baptized. I was especially moved because my youngest son was baptized. What a special day for the Aljets.

God is moving in the hearts and lives of people. We have so much to share with you this Sunday, don't miss it. Invite someone to hear about a Church that wants to make a difference in it's community, it's city, its country and the world. It is going to be one of the greatest times together in the history of Whipple.

There is so much more to share with you, but I'll save it for another time (ask me about the prayer walking!) God is up to something unique in our community, in our country, in our world and especially in our own lives. Please, I pray that God would open up the eyes of your heart so that you can see it tool

In His Grip, standing Amazed,

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