I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it seems that our attendance has been a little lower the past couple of weeks.
Now the sign in front of the building being “non-functional” may have a little to do with this (as has been pointed out to me by several people who do not attend here). But that impacts the number of visitors we have.
The attendance I’m thinking about is our regular members. On one recent Sunday, we had forty (yes that is 40, a 4 followed by a 0) of our regular attendees not in attendance.
Now I know that sicknesses happen and other unavoidable things come up that make it necessary for us to miss our regular services. But to have 40 members out on one Sunday...well, they couldn’t have all been sick.
So now for the question you knew was coming. How many phone calls did those of you who were here that week make to those who were not here? How many of you made a visit to someone who was not here? How many of you made any effort at all to check on those who were not here?
My point is that the elders, deacons, and preacher can make a call and it can be seen as our “job.” But when just a regular member (like YOU) makes the effort to contact someone who is absent, especially if they have been absent for several weeks in a row, it will be seen as “Hey, that person really cares about me!"
We have a few folks who have not been here in a number of weeks. And they have any number of excuses as to why they haven’t been to services in the past, say 4-5 weeks.
Perhaps the real reason is because they don’t feel like anyone really cares about them. They don’t believe that they are missed when they are gone. But YOU can change that!
So the next time you notice someone missing from one of our assemblies, take a couple of minutes and let them know you missed them. A soul could be at stake.