From the Pastor
From the Pastor…
October is going to be a great month here at Roberdel. On the 6th, we will be embarking
on another mission trip to West Virginia, and some of our folks will be completing their preparations for another mission trip to Guatemala in November. Mission work is so much more than going to another location to do ministry. It is literally the church being the hands and feet of Jesus. When we return from these brief experiences, it is my desire that we will be more inspired to do similar projects in our own community.
We will also be gathering on October 13th for our annual Homecoming celebration. This year we are blessed to have the Reverend Paul Hill come back to the church where he grew up to preach the Homecoming message. Paul is no stranger to most of us. He is the son of Charles and Carlene Hill, and I am looking forward to seeing him again and hearing the message God has given him. As part of our Homecoming weekend, on Saturday the 12th, we will have a church-wide bowling and pizza party!
October is also the month many of our neighbors anticipate as we put on our well-attended Fall Festival on the 31st. This popular event is only possible because so many of our folks are willing to volunteer. Volunteers are needed for greeting, feeding, and running the carnival games. Financial gifts are also needed to help fund this worthwhile event. If you would like to donate in order to help us put on this year’s festival, please designate your gifts for “Fall Festival.”
On a personal note, Sandy and I would like to thank you for all of your condolences expressed following the unexpected death of my step-mother, Cheryle Dennis on September 11th. Please continue to keep my father – and all of our family – in your prayers as we adjust to this new reality. Our greatest comfort is in knowing that we will see her, and all of our loved ones who have died in Christ, again someday in heaven.
On October 23rd, I am planning to undergo surgery in Winston-Salem. I am very confident in the surgeon and his staff, but even more importantly, I am trusting God to guide them through a successful operation. After a minimum two-night stay, I will be recovering for approximately six weeks (I am praying less!). I am so blessed to have a supportive and praying church. I have no doubts that our staff and deacons will take care of everything that needs to be done during my absence. Pastor Jason will handle Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, and the deacons, led by Chairman Billy Bostick, will take care of Sunday nights. I am sure that you will show them the support and love that you always show me. I do appreciate your prayers and love more than I can ever tell you!
In Christian Love,