From Mark Jessop

February 5, 2015 - 9:24 AM

I have not told Pastor Joshua this, but when I talked to him last Saturday night, I thought he was being a little pre-mature in cancelling church for February 1st.  When it comes to weather, I tend to be one of those people that will “believe it when I see it”.  Pastor Joshua called it right, and although I never like to miss going to church (even on vacation), it was nice to have a relaxing day at home with the family in the warmth and safety of our home.  Hope you were able to do the same.

Last month I mentioned that I was working on reading through the entire Bible this year and that to help keep me accountable, I would tell you how I was doing each month.  As of today, I am actually two days ahead of schedule.  I have attempted this before, but for some reason it feels different this time.  I am truly enjoying being in God’s word and look forward to what God wants to teach me each day.  We are so blessed to have the Word of God so easily accessible to us. 

I want to thank you for all the great questions that were written down at the Family Matters meeting last month.  Pastor Joshua took the lead and drafted up responses which have been printed out for your convenience.  If you have not done so yet, please pick up a copy (last time I looked they were on a table in the foyer).  If you are unable to find one, contact the office and they will be happy to get you one.

We are very excited to have Tyler Mollenkamp join the church staff as our Associate Director of Student Ministries.  He starts on March 1st.  Although the number and ages of children at The River has fluctuated over the years, this church has a long history of ministering to children and we look forward to continuing to teaching them solid Biblical truths.

Finally, it was awesome seeing so many men from The River attend the Wingmen event on January 28th.  I am always amazed at how much better you can get to know someone at an event like that.  One man even shared some very exciting news for his family with the rest of the guys there. I love it when God’s people get together to share life.  Sunday school and the women’s and men’s ministries are a great way to do that.  There is always room for more, so if you have not done so already, check them out!     

See you Sunday (unless Pastor Joshua cancels again;-)

- Mark