As I start this letter, it is a good time to look at what we are accomplishing as a church body. It is so wonderful being part of such a spirit-filled congregation.
Remembering that we are called to be the body of Christ, it is what we should measure all of our activities against. How are we being the body of Christ to one another and the community that we have been called to serve—Brimfield, Illinois.
We have been given a special gift from God and He needs us to use those gifts to build up the body of Christ on Earth. So yes, our faith is our calling to grow closer to Jesus Christ in the way that we think, act and believe. It starts with a healthy and united congregation. We should be able to agree and disagree respectfully and always be striving to work together to minister to each other and the community around us. People are watching us to see that we believe in the way that we act. Christ is present with us and He wants us to bring our challenges to Him and ask for His help. May we stay connected to one another and realize just how blessed we are.
As you know our congregational meeting has been changed, so our year has gotten a late start, but we have some wonderful things planned for this year, and they can only happen when everyone is doing their part and helping out where and when they can. I am asking that if you have time to offer, please see Ginny or myself or the person in charge of the committee that you want to be involved. I really want to get this year off to a good start and continue to grow together physically, spiritually and emotionally. That being said—I am always here if you ever need or want to talk about things going on or things that we can be doing. Please never hesitate to call me anytime or come into the office on a Tuesday afternoon to see me. You are all my extended family and I love you and want to grow together. Thank you for your example of Faith, hope, and Love.
May God bless you.
Rev. Stephen W. Barch