2021 Pastors Report.
From the Pastor’s desk,
As we entered this year, there was much anticipation about the kind of year it may be, what the anticipated issues might be and how to address each one. However, what has unfolded around the world since, it seems no one could have anticipated.
Through this COVID 19 Pandemic, Emmanuel Community Church has rediscovered our “ESSENTIALS”.
We are indeed stronger together. Our leadership team has recognized the importance of one another and the vast resources we have in gifts and abilities within our faith family.
While there are “lanes” to guide us as we seek to “Know Christ and Make Him Known”, it has been God honoring to watch as we come together to accomplish our mission and goal of making disciples.
While we have been challenged to say the least, we are indeed experiencing what is meant by the Apostle Paul as he exhorted the early church to reflect the character of God in assembling, growing, replicating, (disciplingand strengthening the Kingdom of God.
Through people utilizing the gifts entrusted to them and the giving of tithes and offerings we are progressing in our process of glorifying God. Phil 1:27… As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about youthat you are standing firm in one spirit, in one accord, contending together for the faith of the gospel, not being frightened in any way by your opponents.
The challenge is about more than coming “Back to Church”. We must believe that ECC Bayville is ESSENTIAL and that Back to church encompasses the entirety of Back to Worship!
As we seek Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength- lets commit to one body; one church; one identity; one Spirit! Unity is not because of tolerance or compromise.
Unity is choosing to believe that since we’ve been given everything we need for life and godliness - we’ve been given what we need in order that we might choose a good attitude.
The only hope we have to being unified; was accomplished for us in Christ, not by us. Our togetherness/unity has everything to do with the gospel (good news) of Jesus. As we read in Colossians 3, our determination is rooted in the gospel nothing of our own generates, or contains what Christ has accomplished.
Our togetherness, oneness, purpose, will, and heart’s desire is because of our union with Christ, alone.
As we continue to pursue the idea of becoming the Church that God cannot refuse to bless, may we utilize direction, spiritual compass points if you will, that assures success in being His glory and righteousness. Like, Choose love before choosing a position - of any kind; recognize how division can so easily arise within our faith family; Beware distractions that detour our pursuit of our calling and command; Ask yourself this question: have you overvalued your earthly position? And have you undervalued your heavenly citizenship?
Together for the call,
Pastor Don Meckley
1 Samuel 2:30b