"I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it."
Philippians 3:12,15  
Dear Friends,

This week we begin the celebration of our 150th anniversary year. We have planned numerous special events throughout the year to commemorate this occasion.  With a feeling of grateful humility I think back on the many years of ministry and mission that have brought us to this day. How glad we are to celebrate this achievement and the accomplishments of the past. How proud we are to celebrate this anniversary. We have much to be thankful for. 

As we look with pride to our past, we also lift our sights to the future and further service to our Lord in mission and outreach to the community. We, in the words of the Apostle Paul, keep our "eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward". 

As we review our past with thanksgiving, the current spiritual needs of men, women and children excite us about the possibility of the future. 

In a world filled with anxiety and violence there is ever the need for God's hope and the good news of the Jesus Christ. We heed the call of the Lord to reach out in compassion to those in need. We respond to Christ's commands to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for those sick, thirsty, homeless and imprisoned. 

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Matthew 25:34 

The world outside our door is never in short supply of human need and the church never in short supply of God's love and Spirit; neither is the supply of God's grace and peace. 
Come the celebration has begun. 
With love and devotion,
Rev. Donald M. Pitches