Robert Fulghum wrote a short book entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. He mentioned things like: “don’t hit one another and hold hands when crossing the street.” My favorite one is “Take a nap after lunch.”
As I think about the close of my employed service to the Lord, there are things I’ve learned that are general principles that can be beneficial to others. Here are some things that are not so much profound, as much as they are bare essentials for service to the Lord.
1. Remain flexible. So many things happen to change schedules: People get sick, they leave town, they plan a vacation. Plan carefully but don’t let disappointments and dropped balls fluster you. Pick yourself up and get the job done. It’ll be O.K.!
2. Maintain a commitment to your calling. You are working for someone. It’s the most important commitment you will ever make. You can’t “just not want to.” The Lord may change the assignment but His call remains. Laymen or full time ministers have the same call. Don’t think like one satirical song says, “It must be the will of the Lord because it looks so good to me!” It’s not if you think it’s good, it’s His smile you seek.
3. Keep your eyes wide open about realistic challenges. Everyone will not see it like you. There are crabby, mean people out there. There are even some in the church! Everything you want is not realistic. Don’t let failure or the failing of others discourage you for long. People spiritually usually change very slowly. My vegetable garden and 40 years of ministry have taught me that.
4. Be determined to stay current. I regret not spending more time with those “far from God.” I subscribe to a liberal secular news magazine and a Christian periodical (non-denominational). I deliberately watch secular programs like “20/20” and “60 Minutes.” I want to know what the enemy is thinking!
5. I deeply regret not focusing on mentoring men (one man at a time) in spiritual growth and leadership. I should take them with me and send them to conferences. They need to be reading leadership books, watching instructional DVD’s, and listening to CD’s.
6. Lastly, as Bill Hybles wrote, I regret not listening to the Holy Spirit and “just walking across the room” to reach those far away from God. I intend to focus on that for the rest of my life. You too must NEVER BE to busy to “just walk across the room.”
Now that’s not all the lessons I’ve learned and am learning, but it’s a start. May our Lord use any of this to encourage you.
Thanks to Rev. Dennis Moore, pastor at Beaverdam and former moderator of Strawberry Association, for this article.
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On Sunday, July 19, Bedford commissioned the following people to serve as missionaries:
Ed and Rebekah Overstreet will be serving in Moyobamba, Peru. Ed will serve for two weeks and Rebekah will serve six weeks. Virginia Phillippe will be serving in Gwanju, Korea. Barbara Peterson will be serving in North/South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
On August 1, Susan Batten-Bell will be recognized for her five years of service as Bedford’s Minister of Music.
Recently, Hunting Creek conducted a Bike-a-Thon, raising $1,700 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
On Sunday, August 30, Mentow will host Daren and Shawna Davis, IMB missionaries to Africa. All who are interested are invited to attend a hot dog/hamburger picnic at 5:30, followed (around 6:30) by a presentation by the Davises about their ministry.
The Self Study Team (SST) of SBA met with the pastors and Executive Committee representatives on Monday, July 20, at Trinity . Don Harvey, the consultant, opened with an introduction of himself and the mission of the SST. Those present were divided into 4 groups to discuss 3 questions. The 3 questions were:
1. If we were to refocus as a network of churches, what is important enough to keep?
2. We have heard it said that the association isn’t doing anything; what would it look like if our network of churches were doing something?
3. As a network of churches, what possible obstacles might we have to overcome in order to do what God wants us to do?
There were 34 present, with 15 churches represented. The SST will meet again on August 14 at Quaker.
Rebekah J. Overstreet, Co-Chair
Self-Study Team contact info: Billy Burnette, 540.586.8087; Rita Calhoun, 540.297.5271 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Hoyt Dellis, 540.297.5622 or email@example.com; Vernon DeLong, 540.586.8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Rick Mallory, 540.297.4959 or email@example.com; Dennis Moore, 540.890.1294 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Rebekah Overstreet, 540.586.2956 or email@example.com; David Timma, 540.297.3715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sep 1 Mike Jones (Sedalia)
Sep 11 Seaburn Daniel (In Memoriam)
Sep 12 Michael Cox (Suck Spring)
Sep 12 David Henderson (Bedford)
Sep 21 Mark Flores (Mount Hermon)
Sep 25 David Timma (Quaker)
The Evangelism Team of SBA is preparing to lead our mission trip to Bedford City during the CenterFest Street Festival. In our Lord’s name, we provide water or lemonade to all who visit our booth. We also provide a Baby Care Station which allows moms and dads to have a convenient and clean place to care for their children.
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a one-hour shift. Your participation will be a blessing to many.
We would like to have at least one person from each participating church attend our organization/information meeting which will be held at Trinity Church on Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m.
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Women on Mission: Rainbow Forest is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in August; Bedford will lead them in September. Morgans will host the August birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Thaxton will host it in September.
Continue to remember in prayer Rebekah Overstreet as she teaches English as a Second Language in Peru for six weeks.
Instead of hosting an associational WMU Workshop, Rebekah Overstreet will be available to assist church WMU leaders on an individual basis, beginning in late September.
Aug 7 Vernon & Wanda DeLong (Trinity)
Aug 7 David & Suzann Timma (Quaker)
Aug 12 Rick & Laura Mallory (Morgans)
Aug 17 David & Donna Henderson (Bedford)
Aug 19 Dennis & Mary Moore (Beaverdam)
Aug 20 Gary & Becky Fowler (Flint Hill)
Aug 20 Ed & Nancy Greer (Retired)
Aug 26 Mike & Edith Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Sep 11 Rick & Cheri Dellinger (Music Evangelist)
Thanks to A.C. and Polly Manson and Stephanie Harrison and helpers for landscaping the SBA office space. Their planning, providing, and planting have certainly improved the appearance of the property.
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