January 4, 2019

Good morning Congregation,

 A new year has arrived. Did you accomplish everything you wanted to last year and did it live up to your expectations? Have you set a long list of new year’s resolutions already? It’s always a question that I hear often, what are your new year’s resolutions? Well, here is a list for me: I want to love God more, I want to know him better and follow him more faithfully. I want to be a kinder and more patient person. I want to be a better father and husband. I want to take time to rest. I want to be a better listener. I want to lose weight. I want to exercise more. I want to be better to work with. The list can go on and on.

 Recently in talking with an extended family member, he told me that his uncle was given 24 hours to live. I had to think, what would I do if I knew I only had 24 hours? By the way the uncle lived 11 days. If I had only a limited time to live what would my priorities be? That really defines the essence of life for each of us. It defines our priorities, our focus, what we are really about. 

 This last Sunday we wrapped up the series talking about what it means to live With God. God wants time with us. I love the image of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus while Martha was running around doing stuff. Jesus commended Mary for taking the time. It can be a challenge for me to spend time sitting in his presence. Just basking in his presence instead of doing or talking.

 This coming Sunday we will be spending time in Ecclesiastes 3 verses 1-13. What is utterly meaningless? In this passage we see a group of opposites that are said to have a time in our life. A time to live and time to die…a time to cast stones and a time to gather them…. I will be talking about resolutions and goals and what it is that brings balance to our lives. Balance is something that seems to be lacking in our culture. 

 I also want to take a few moments to say thanks for the generosity of all the people here at North Clinton. Generosity in time – we have so many volunteers who put in countless hours volunteering to do the work that God calls us to. From teaching classes, being in the nursery, greeting, ushering, fixing things, managing the budget, working with different age groups… the list can go on and on. Thanks for making a difference. Generosity in finances – so many of you have faithfully given to the mission here at North Clinton. Monies are used here locally and globally, in all cases, it’s used that all may know and experience the fullness of Jesus Christ. Thanks! Together we are making a difference one life at a time.

 Another update is that Keegan, Allie and Lincoln will be moving to our area in the next 10 days. They will be getting settled in and adjusting to our community. He will begin his work here at North Clinton on Feb 1st. So, you may see them around as they are getting settled in, but they won’t be here till the 1st.  We will have contact information in the next weeks. We welcome them into our community and look forward to God’s working in them and through them.

 May your new year be blessed and prosperous!

 Pastor Glenn

North Clinton Church