November 2019

Greetings once again on the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! I am writing this article on the day after our Vison Casting Meeting. When I went home, I felt good about it, but something was nagging me. Today I remembered a sentence that helped me put it in perspective. Here it is. “I know that you think you understood what you thought I said, but I am not sure that what you heard was what I meant to say.” When I was a teenager, those words were on a poster in my room. It talks about how difficult communication can be sometimes. What does that have to do with the meeting? Well, at the meeting, we accomplished two distinct tasks. In the first thirty minutes, we marked the calendar with everything we were planning to do next year. The last thirty minutes were spent discussing things we would like to see happen in 2020. How could we improve our worship, fellowship, and witness to the world around us? We came up with a pretty ambitious and exciting list of events. Here’s my concern: If people left that meeting, thinking “Wow, the preacher’s gonna be really busy making all those things happen next year.”, then they missed the point. You see, the first thirty minutes was what we planned to do in 2020. The second thirty minutes was what we’d like to do in 2020. When I was a kid, I had a list of things I’d like to get for Christmas. I didn’t think I’d get them, but it was what I’d like to get. We would like to offer more events at Glossbrenner that would bless our community. We also would like to have more events that strengthen our fellowship within our church. And, we’d like to have more events that focus on the young people. We talked about having movies, family nights, concerts, games and meals. There are events we could have by ourselves and events with other churches. That is where we want to go. Will we do it all in 2020? Did I get my Christmas wishes? (In case you are wondering, the answer to both is no.) But, unlike me and my Christmas wish list, we have hope! We now have a direction to move toward, new adventures to help us to grow into the unique church God created us to be. That is great. If I confused anyone at the meeting, or if I seemed too quick to move on and I ignored details, I do apologize. I know that you think you understood what you thought I said, but I’m not sure that what you heard was what I meant to say. Please forgive me.

Have a blessed day!