First, several months ago it was mentioned in the bulletin that we had relocated our church library. It is now in the last room on the right as you walk down the hallway by the offices. The room with the opening to the auditorium is, officially, our AV room now.
I wanted to mention this for two reasons. First, several non-library items were already starting to be stored in the library. These have been removed. We really need to keep this room clear so that it can be used for its intended purpose.
Second is how we can make it easier and more inviting for it to be used for its intended purpose. When you walk into the library, you’ll see shelves with books on them...and that’s about it. We need some seating and perhaps a conference room style table.
So if you are planning to take advantage of the upcoming holiday season to purchase some new living room furniture (couches, loveseats, etc.) for you home - there is always some fantastic sales this time of the year - but you don’t know what to do with your gently used furniture...why not do another customary end of the year activity and gain a tax deduction by donating it to the church?
Or, if you have been listening to the past couple of Sunday morning sermons and would like to give your “first fruits” to God and donate the new furniture, well that’s OK too! ☺
The second thing I would like to highlight concerns something mentioned in the Sunday morning sermon last week. I am really excited about the positive response to the prospect of starting a Spanish ministry here at Eastgate.
I was excited when the brothers at Robinson Avenue contacted me with the idea. I was excited when the elders here were quick to see the value of such a ministry.
I am excited to be a part of a congregation that understands the “Great Commission” of Matthew 28 and Mark 16 applies not just to other parts of the world, but right here at home too. And it applies to those who speak English and those who do not speak English.
Jesus says in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)
As we approach that time of year when budgets are made for the upcoming year, I urge you to “pray earnestly” about how YOU can help to support the harvest in Siloam Springs, AR (whether they speak English or Spanish) and the rest of the world!