January 12, 2018

Dear Sardis Family,

On Thursday we celebrated the life of Lonnie Simpson, the oldest member of Sardis UMC. Even though I had the privilege of serving as Lonnie’s pastor for a short time, his dedication to Sardis registered a significant impact on me. As I had the opportunity to sit with Mary Ann, his niece, I became aware of the service that he gave to Sardis over the many years that he was a member. I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you the dedication that Mary Ann exhibited in living out Lonnie’s wishes to be a constant part of the worship at our church. Lonnie’s witness provides an example that each of us can learn from. Please keep Mary Ann, and the rest of Lonnie’s family in your prayers.

Once again, I want to encourage each of you to find someone to invite to worship with us. Recent surveys indicate that close to 70% of all Americans have no religious affiliation at all. Let me clarify that the survey is not speaking of those not being Christians, but 7 out of 10 have no relationship with a religious entity. This represents a great opportunity for us to share the GOOD NEWS of Christ. I feel that our church has much to offer. We are in a position to offer someone the opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and loving family. Mary and I have this affirmed often by friends that worship with us. Let us remember that the bible tells us that we “are God’s ambassadors.”

Additionally, if there is someone that you feel needs a note of encouragement, if you will give me their name and a little about how they might be encouraged, I will drop them a note.

I look forward to seeing each of you this Sunday…the sermon title is “Expectations.” As you consider the title, ponder what are your expectations when it comes to God and what do you think God’s expectations are of you?

Be Blessed,

Rev. Chuck