I hope you were with us today (Sunday) in worship. I hope you took a small, laminated card to remind us to Pray 2020 for our church and our world. If you were not here, we will have more cards available next Sunday. Mine is in my wallet in front of my debit card. Every time I see it I will be reminded to pray for our church and world.
The basic idea of Pray 2020 is that we will pray at a designated time each day. The time I suggested is 8:20 PM since that is 20:20 in military time. But don’t worry if you find a better time than 8:20 PM. That is just a suggestion to make sure we are praying each of the 360 days left in 2020.
This Sunday we will consider “What’s Right with Being Baptist?” The vogue today is to be in a church that is not connected to a denomination. All the “old” seems to be baggage which keeps a local group from seeking its own path. However, the lack of connection to a denomination has challenges of its own. There is no history to look back to for inspiration or guidance. There is no sense of being a part of a larger group when a congregation is completely independent of others. While there is a certain nimble-ness in governance in non-denominational churches, it still seems worth it to me to be part of a larger group that works together to be good stewards of what God has given us.
So this week we will think of what’s right with our heritage, our connection, and our future. I look forward to seeing you in your place!
I have some great news to share with you. Our search committee for an “Operations Manager” has completed its search and our Administrative Committee, per church policy, has chosen to unanimously endorse the committee’s recommendation to ask Dr. Lyle Ailshie to join our staff. Lyle will be joining us in late June or early July. He will give leadership in our finance, operations, building and computer dimensions. He brings a wealth of experience to us. Many will remember the good work he did in leading our Kingsport City Schools. Since that time he has been Associate Commissioner of Education, and later Acting Commissioner of Education, for the state of Tennessee. In addition to all this, Lyle has a heart for ministry. He has served as a bi-vocational youth minister in years gone by. In addition, he has served in our church as a deacon. His wife, Vanessa, is also active in our congregation. I want to thank our search committee, led by Dr. Mack Patton, and composed of Melissa Clemmons, Billy Gilliam, Andy Hatfield and Norris Sneed for a job well-done.
This Sunday we will continue to look to the prayers of Jesus as we think about “How do I pray when I have been hurt?” That is the harsh reality for many of us, isn’t it? Join us on Sunday as we ponder together how to deal with our hurts and “take them to the Lord in prayer.” I look forward to seeing you then!