I’ve only been on one blind date in my life. I was finishing college, and my mom knew a girl right out of college who was a teacher at the school where my mom taught. She thought we might get along, so she acted as matchmaker and exchanged our phone numbers. I called and we set up a date. Why do I bring up this episode from my single years? Because in many ways, North Shelby is going on a blind date this weekend with our prospective pastor. The Pastor Search Committee, seeking the Lord’s guidance and acting as the caring matchmaker, has given him information about the church and then given the church information about him. The next step is to meet him in person and affirm the Search Committee’s leading for pastor of North Shelby. We have the opportunity to meet and greet him and his family this Saturday, then to hear him preach in view of a call this Sunday. I encourage you to be part of this important weekend.
Part of being ready for our next pastor involves being the kind of church every pastor wants to lead: one that loves God’s word and makes disciples. How are you doing in your Bible reading? If you haven’t started or don’t have a plan, it’s not too late! Pick up a copy of the F260 New Testament reading plan at church or find it online: www.northshelbybaptist.org/f260/. Companion books for adults through children are available as well. See me if you’re interested in getting a book. Need someone to hold you accountable to read the Bible? Meet with a group and read through the Bible together. On Sunday evenings we have been gathering in the Fellowship Hall to talk about discipleship groups. Come and find out how you can be a part of a group. Our Christian walk is not meant to be done alone. Let’s read the Bible together and be disciples who make other disciples.
Next Sunday is a big day in the life of our church, but we had a great day this past Sunday, too. Our Sunday school teachers faithfully taught the Bible to all ages. We heard a wonderful message from guest preacher Mike Shaw. We welcomed Kathy Seifried and the Saucier family to our church family. We had a meeting about an upcoming mission project to the Netherlands. A group from our church attended the Who’s Your One evangelism conference. Our adult discipleship groups met. Our students had their small group kick-off. Our children participated in choir and Bible drill. In the evening service we talked discipleship. It was a good Sunday! Be a part of what the Lord is doing here. Prayerfully participate this weekend. And let’s all make sure we remember standard first date protocol: clean up, look nice, be yourself, just have fun, and don’t blow it. I think this will be the beginning of long, happy relationship.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” –Proverbs 3:5-6