We all go through times in life where we wonder “Is God in this?” “Have I made the right decision at work, for my family, etc?” “I don’t know where this path leads…”
In John 15 we find this promise from Jesus “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you WILL bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (v5)”
During times of doubt, we can take encouragement knowing that God WILL provide the increase, the growth we need when we remain in Him and bear fruit!
Be encouraged this week!
Pastoral Search Update
Resumes continue to come in as we advertise our open lead pastor position. The pastoral search team is a wonderful example of unity and teamwork as they process all the incoming information. Several candidates have been identified in this new batch of resumes and we have requested further application info from them.
Please continue to pray that the Lord will show us His perfect will for our next pastor!
The next time you see a member of our search team, please share a word of encouragement with them! Our search team members are: Amy Erdman, Ashley Cassano, Dom Presutti, Dennis Lafferty, Gary Rader and Jordan Craft.
As we mentioned at our last Core Meeting, we were holding off on summer small groups so that as a church we could focus on an outreach event. The VBS survey results we sent out are in and while many people are willing to serve, the elders do not believe we have what is required to prepare for and lead the type of VBS we have all come to expect.
The elder team is working on an alternative that will allow us to meet members of the community as we have done at the Easter Egg hunt and at past VBS events, but with less preparation and fewer volunteers.
Our goal with this event will be to get to know those who attend and invite them to ALBC and our Fall small group semester.
We are targeting a Saturday later in the summer for this event with the goal of repeating it in the future to further our reach into the community.
Stay tuned for more details!
Adoption and Foster Meeting
Please consider joining us at 10 AM on Saturday, June 29th for a Foster Care Information Session hosted by the Salvation Army. The event will be held at Providence Church of the Brethren, and childcare will be provided.
We hope the ongoing study of the Tabernacle and how it points to Christ has been a blessing to you. The goal is to learn from the meaning behind the Tabernacle and focus upon Christ as the source and object of our worship today.
Here are the upcoming speakers and topics:
June 16: The Lampstand - Deric Cheke
June 23: Altar of Incense - Franklin Lyasere
June 30: Table of Shewbread - Brian Jones
July 7: Ark of the Covenant - Gus Jones
July 14: Mercy Seat - Keith Yoder
Thanks for reading!
The Elder Team
Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Gahman, John LoRusso and Gary Rader