We are building a building. God is building us.
More than anytime so far in the building process we are feeling the strain of construction happening in the middle of weekly ministry. Traffic patterns, walking and entrance routines, along with classes being relocated are affecting all of us. The inconveniences are a reminder that providing additional space for making disciples and gathering together costs more than money. Going the extra mile is not just figurative. By the time some of you park and get to your spots you have literally about walked a mile.
I mention the strain today to remind us not to miss the work God is doing in us in "the process" of building. We are building a building but God is building us. The challenges of financial cost and the press of convenience and routines being disrupted are some of those ways the Holy Spirit grows our faith, develops endurance, and increases our dependence on Him. Let's pray on that day when Pelicano Construction says the building is ready to be used that each of us might also recognize the hand of God has been at work in us having us ready to used as well. That would be a successful building project!
Sunday we add the 11:30 service to our morning schedule. That means students are coming! Could you help pass out waters this Saturday at UGA? Check out the sign up here. Be on the lookout for college students arriving Sunday morning. Extend a welcome, introduce yourselves and even invite them to lunch. I'm a parent this fall of a first year college student (got one headed to Kennesaw State), and believe me I am hoping a strong healthy church will make her feel welcome from the very first day. Let's be that church for these students arriving in Athens.
Finally, I want to express my appreciation to Jessica Mathisen for serving our church family the past three years as our Church Secretary and Administrative Assistant. She has been a tremendous help and blessing to our church, our staff team, and me as a pastor. With the arrival of her firstborn, she will be making some changes to her life schedule and stepping away from this role with our church. Our loss, however, is Athens Pregnancy Center’s gain in that Jessica will be serving as their Director of Development. Pray for Jess as she transitions and for our church to find the right person to fill her position.
All for Jesus