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02.14.16 | by Ray Jones

    Fifteen years ago, on the second Sunday of February and under the leading of the Lord we begin our journey of Pastor and congregation. My, how fast it has gone! And what a wonderful journey it has been so far for Alison and me. But the smart man knows that any worthwhile journey is the result of many helpers, comrades and team members. Such is the case for me. I have often prayed a prayer that Solomon offered in 2 Chronicles 1:10 that says, “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?" So let me take a moment and say thank you…

    Thank you… first and foremost to our Lord, as Paul said for, “Putting me into the ministry.”

    Thank you… to our incredible staff for the hard work, devotion to our Lord, their loyalty and support of me and the mission that God has given our Church.

     Thank you… to our deacons, some of the very best I have ever had. They have held my arms up, prayed for me and been a faithful to follow my leadership as Pastor.

     Thank you… to the countless number of volunteer workers, Sunday School leaders, small group teachers, committees and so many behind the scenes individuals that help the Kingdom moving forward.

     Thank you… Prayer team and “Pastor’s Prayer Partners” for your devotion to seek the Lord on behalf of this church and to faithfully lift me up before our heavenly Father.

    Thank you… for the many cards, letters, emails and words of affirmation that you have sent through the years. They have energized me and often inspired me in the work that God has given me as your pastor.

    And Finally, Thanks most of all… to you the entire congregation for following me as your shepherd. While not a perfect pastor, it has been my goal as your shepherd all these years to stay before the Lord so that I might both Lead and Feed you well. The Lord has done remarkable things for us and through us, and He is not finished.

    Just this week I received noticed that in 2015 we averaged over 1300 in Bible Study and more than 1700 in worship each week. That is higher than ever before, but the impact that those numbers represent is only the beginning of what God wants to do. And I look forward to the days ahead, new challenges, new vision and greater impact for the Kingdom of God. As the Word of God in Haggai 2:9 says, “the latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the LORD of hosts.”

    So again, thank you and let’s continue the journey for the Glory of God until the whole world knows that Jesus Christ saves. And as I said to you on that first Sunday 15 years ago, God is always trying to take us someplace knew. It’s true, let’s go! I love being your pastor!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray