From the Pastor's Pen

Grace, mercy, and peace are yours from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ.

We have talked about it for over a year. Now, it’s almost here. What is it? It’s the Grace Place Wellness Retreat for St. John’s.  I wish I could tell you that the church leadership and anyone else interested are going to enjoy an expense paid weekend in the Bahamas.  On second thought, maybe some place a little cooler. How about a weekend at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley, California? 

I wish I could say that.  I cannot. The retreat will be here beginning on Friday September 8th at 6:00 pm and continuing through the worship service on Sunday September 10th.

So much for the specifics of the retreat. By this time, you have heard me announce them many times after services on Sunday. Let’s talk a little about what this retreat is all about.  Simply put, healthy leaders translate into healthy congregations.  And healthy leaders support professional church workers to the extent that they (the church workers) better serve the congregation.  Make sense?  It will after September 10th.

Before I close this brief article, let me share a piece of Scripture – “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3).

I pray that you who are in positions of leadership at St. John’s will dedicate some time for the retreat. And I pray that members will come to the breakfast on the 10th, and stay for Bible class and worship service – both led by Dr. Zimmerman from Grace Place Wellness Center.  It may not be the Bahamas or Squaw Valley, but St. John’s is a pretty cool place to be.  After all, it’s where Jesus comes to give us the fruit of the cross – forgiveness, life, and salvation.   Amen.  

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,” (Philippians 4:23).
Pastor Alan R. Hilton

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