Message from Mack

Looking over the Horizon

While we are still ninety days away from the start of 2012, the first day of October rings in our new fiscal year. We have wrestled with a few issues this past year, but when I stop and take inventory, we shouldn’t be surprised – plus, God won them all and His church prevailed (That’s a promise He made.). God is good!

In closing out fiscal 2010-11, here is what the Lord did in our midst:

  • We added a second worship service;
  • Our average Sunday School attendance grew from 250 to 284;
  • Worship attendance grew by an estimated 20%;
  • We added 55 new members; 15 by baptism (we still have 2 on the docket to baptize next time);
  • Our budget giving totaled $596,390, which is 1.4% more than budgeted giving and a 10.1% increase over last year’s giving.

Praise God! We are a blessed church “on the grow.”

So what will the new year look like? As I look out over the horizon, my recommendation is to pull down your hat, buckle your belt and hold on. I think we are poised to watch God do amazing things during the next twelve months.

For starters, we are getting ready to begin construction on a 19,700 square foot Christian Life Center that will revolutionize the way we do ministry and forever change the landscape of our community. A groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled in the next 30 days. I will be excited to reveal to you in the special called conference this Sunday morning at 10:30am what God has done for us in terms of the amount of funds we will need to raise. For now, let’s just say, “He is showing us His favor.” I will talk more about it on Sunday morning, but join with me now in beginning to ask God that we can open our building next fall with no debt! Is that bold prayer? You bet it is!

On another front, I have been working closely with the Sunday School Director to identify areas of need for new Sunday School Classes. SS classes are “points of connection” that link people to each other in the church body and create commitment. We all want to see our Sunday School return to its glory days as Pastor Wade mentioned in his homecoming sermon. In order to do that, we must add new classes to accommodate the diverse new groups of people that we are reaching. We have identified seven new classes to begin, and our goal is to start 3 to 4 of them in the next 60-120 days.   

A third area of strategy is to re-ignite our Discipleship emphasis to get more people into deeper Bible study and devotion to following Christ. To start things, along with David Young’s class which is open to all adults (David will resume teaching on Oct 16), beginning October 9, we are adding a Women’s Bible Study from 5:30-6:30, led by my wife, Lori. By January, we hope to offer multiple WBSs on different days so women have opportunities to participate. Also by January, our goal is to offer many more Sunday and Wednesday evening targeted studies – ones that appeal to parents, senior adults, men, etc.   

I could write about a handful of other things, but Cathy gave me a maximum word limit, and I have already surpassed it. Let me close with a personal note. This Saturday will mark my first anniversary serving as your pastor. Lori and I are grateful for your reception and daily see God’s confirmation in coming to Hudson First. Like a friend said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this has been a good fit.” We look forward to experiencing God with you during another year.

Be blessed!
Pastor Mack