A Pastoral Word
Our church year is wrapping up and what an exciting year it has been!! We as a church voted and adopted a new vision statement and a new mission statement. And the Visioning Team continues to meet to come up with an operational plan that will “free” us up to do the ministry and mission of Welcome. We held two events for Ten Thousand Villages: one at our Fall Festival and one during the Christmas season in Georgetown. Midway Christian Church has started a children’s choir. Our handbells have been refurbished, thanks to the Memorials Committee. I know the Handbell Choir is anxious for Christmas time to come around so they can try out their “new” bells. Amanda has started a Chi Rho program and is looking forward to another successful community VBS! We held a baby dedication for Elaine Elizabeth, our first baby dedication in about 4 years. (My first baby dedication as a minister!)
We are hosting at least 3 weddings this year, including our very own, Jeanne Sturgill and Ray Clark’s wedding. Our Men’s group hosted as successful and fun Election Day Pancake Breakfast. Disciples Women hosted a lucrative Rummage Sale. We got new chairs for the Fellowship Hall, thanks to the Memorials Committee and the Disciples Women. We hosted a fantastic Epiphany Dinner, thanks to Ouita’s leadership and dedication. And we are getting calls wanting to know if we are hosting the Epiphany Dinner next year!
We continued to do mission work at the Hope Center and we adopted a family during Christmas time. The Keenagers Group continues to eat our way across KY while our children and youth meet monthly for fun activities.! Our church has been approved for a KY Historical Highway Marker and we are gearing up for our 165th anniversary next year. We had a fun and lively Fat Tuesday Celebration and No-Talent Show, hosted by our Men’s Group. We as a church hosted a moving Community Maundy Thursday Service.
Whew! I am tired just thinking about what all we did this past year! Throughout the year, we as a church worshipped together, fellowshipped together, did mission projects together, and learned about God’s word for us as God’s people. And these are just the highlights! I know that all of us as members of Midway Christian Church are involved in the community and other various ministries in our own ways. And it is great to think about all the things this church accomplished over the past year and it is exciting and inspiring to think about where God will lead us over the next few years. God has something special planned for this church and I am thankful to be on the journey with you!
As our church year comes to a close and we begin to prepare for a new one, the leaders of this church have been working to come up with new ways that we as a church can better communicate and continue to grow as a family of faith. So the leaders of the church are planning on hosting “Town Hall” meetings once a quarter for the congregation to come together, eat lunch, and hear what is going on at church. Our first one will be Sunday, June 29th at our annual congregation meeting where we will elect new board officers, elders, and deacons and approve our next year’s church budget.
Another way that the leadership of this church is looking to grow together in faith is to host an All-Church Retreat at Camp Wakon Da Ho the first weekend of October. It will be a great time to fellowship together, worship together, do service projects together, and most importantly, hear God’s word for us as God’s people. So please mark your calendar and join us for this fun weekend!
So as we enter our new church year, may we remember that God has guided us in the past, God continues to guide us in our present, and will always guide us in the future! I just can’t wait to see what God has planned for us next year!