A Family’s Future Health and Happiness

As I write this article, Easter is about 2 and half weeks away. We have “Sprung Forward” to “fast” time (Daylight Saving Time), and spring is right around the corner (March 20). With all the rain we’ve had I am just waiting for the sun to burst forth a couple of days and send the grass into a growing spurt of cataclysmic proportions. Yes, the New Year is gaining momentum and everyone’s calendar is getting full.

Being busy, active, involved, and on the go, appear to be the narrative of today’s family and of society in general. No doubt, the affluence of the day combined with the opportunities that abound contribute to the non-stop frenzy many families experience. Time passes quickly and one must make the most of the present time.

“Carpe Diem” (Seize the day) is often referenced as the reason for such frenzied family activity. However, that is NOT what the term infers. In its proper context, (“Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero” – “Seize the day, trusting as little as possible to the future”) means, to do everything you can do today to make tomorrow better. It’s not about indulging in the present and ignoring the future, but realizing that today’s activities affect and influence the results of the future.

So, the “take home” is this: As you quickly fill up the family calendar with good activities to “seize the day”, do not leave the future to chance and by-pass the benefits of weekly Bible study, worship, and service. These activities have the greatest influence on your family’s future health and happiness.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Preparing for Easter

Easter is less than 4 weeks away! While we live in a culture that is majority unchurched today, there is still an openness to faith and connecting with a church. The key is a personal invitation.

Recent studies have indicated that 48% of the unchurched said they would attend if someone personally invited them. There is no easier, better, or greater time to extend an invitation than Easter Sunday.

Most people have an inclination to attend on Easter. Where they attend is often determined by who they know and who invites them. Would you begin to pray for 3 specific people or families you will invite to attend on Easter, April 1?

To assist you in making that invitation easier, be sure to pick up several “Come Alive” brochures to give, as you invite. They are at the Information Center.

The schedule for Easter Sunday is:
7 AM Sunrise Worship at the Pavilion.
If possible, bring fresh cut flowers. Breakfast following
9 AM Small groups/Sunday School
10:15 AM Morning Worship: Choir will present “Blessed Redeemer”

We Labor Together With God, Wes