Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: Last evening in our adult Bible study and prayer time led by David Olson, we were asked to name someone for whose salvation we are praying. Twenty-four names were quickly offered. We were challenged by the life of Nicodemus that sometimes it takes time to bring someone to Jesus. Oh how we need to pray … and how we need to speak of Jesus when we have opportunity.

Please pray for our service opportunity at the Kohler picnic tomorrow and Saturday. Pray first, that we would be a testimony of Jesus. Veteran staff members know of our faith. Then also pray things will run smoothly. There are many details in pulling off something like this and we are in the middle of it all.

As I go around town, people – some I don’t even recognize – greet me and tell me how nice our property looks. (Someone has even nominated us to the Fond du Lac County Natural Beauty Council for a Beautification Award!) Many within our Congregation have expressed to me how new and nice our building looks. And it’s not done yet! The grass is just coming up and boulders in the stones along the building are planned for later in the fall. I don’t expect our church to grow greatly because of our roof and parking lot projects, but I do believe Trinity Baptist has done a good thing for our reputation and the cause of Christ in Fond du Lac in completing these needed projects.

Often in church committee meetings I am told I should speak more about our church finances. I don’t like to for several reasons, but here goes. First, I rejoice in the good general offerings and giving to extra projects we have had so far this summer. My largest personal concern right now is our school’s cash flow. Pray for parents to be able to keep up with their tuition commitments. At our congregational meeting in September, I believe we are going to show our new construction loan to be at about $65,000. You will remember that at our annual meeting we budgeted for interest-only payments on this loan. At our September 10th Congregational meeting, I believe we will present a Finance Committee endorsed plan to satisfy that loan. (Hint: it will be accomplished by continued donations to our parking lot fund.) I ask that you continue to be faithful in your giving and consider what God might have you to do for our school’s Patriot Booster fund and/or for our Parking Lot fund.

Sunday morning I will be in Micah 2-3. Sunday evening we have VBS.

Embracing Truth,

Pastor