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Pastor's Corner - June 2016

posted Jul 1, 2016, 11:28 AM by Linda Dickinson   [ updated Jul 1, 2016, 11:31 AM ]

Dear Elmwood Family and Friends,

Summer is upon us and June is a good time to take stock and do an update on what is happening here at Elmwood.

First, I want to say THANK YOU to all those who came to our work day on Saturday, May 21.  Under the direction of the Board of Education the church kitchen was deep cleaned by a host of angelic beings (or women with cleaning rags).  Another mighty troop did outside work, cleaning windows, trimming grass and weeds, and overhauling the front landscaping.  To top it all off, many members from Grove Community Church swooped in and repainted the triple Sunday School rooms and nursery, giving both areas a fresh new look.  This was Phase Two of Grove’s love in action to Elmwood, as last month they converted the Youth Room into a new Infant Nursery.  We must also say thank you to Michael and Martina Ashworth for their generous gift of having the duct work for the Sanctuary, office area, and side rooms professionally cleaned.  This is greatly appreciated.   Thank you everyone for your gracious love and care for Elmwood revealed in such wonderful ways.

Secondly, I want to bring you all up to date on the life and ministry of our guest churches.  Conquistando Fronteras (CF) continues to meet Sunday mornings at 11:00AM in our fellowship hall.  Pastors Francisco and Luis seek to minister to their precious flock with great love and compassion.  They regularly have women’s and men’s meetings, as well as special times of counseling and prayer.  CF has graciously offered to take care of the lawn mowing again this summer.  This is such a great blessing. This past Saturday they had a special birthday party out on the lawn and in the fellowship hall for Pastor Luis and Laura’s son, Samuel, who turned two. Happy birthday Samuel!

Real Church meets Sunday mornings at 9:00AM in the fellowship hall.  Prior to their service time they ‘prayer-walk’ throughout the entire building.  Their congregation is growing and they are beginning to discuss and explore future options for their ministry.  They too, have begun to have times of fellowship, prayer and counseling ministry, and teaching during the week.  
In case you have not heard, the North Heights situation has been resolved and both worship sites are again open, and a new leadership team has been put into place.  Please be in prayer for North Heights as they continue their search for a new senior pastor.  Real Church does not plan to return to North Heights.

Grove Community Church is also growing significantly, particularly with a baby boom.  As Pastor Josh shared with the Elmwood congregation recently, they would never be where they are without the love and support of Elmwood.  As a dynamic group of young adults and children they are passionately seeking to be effective ministers of the Gospel.  This summer they are returning to Elmwood for weekly worship on Sunday evenings at 5:00PM.  They will be having monthly fellowship picnic BBQs in the backyard.  They also do monthly outreach/evangelism activities.  They plan to shift their model of ministry this fall, and will continue to have their weekly house groups, but they plan to continue to worship at Elmwood each Sunday evening. 

The Langford Home-school Co-op has had another successful year meeting Mondays here at Elmwood.  The Substance Moms Group (see special thank you on page 2) will be moving this fall into the newly completed Substance ministry site and not returning to Elmwood.  The other ministries and organizations nesting here in the big old branches of Elmwood are all so grateful for the love and support they have received here with us.  Together we seek to be about our Heavenly Father’s business, proclaiming the wonderful Good News of Jesus Christ and revealing His love and grace through all that we say and do.

Have a wonderful summer, remember to be faithful in worship if you are traveling on the weekends, and always keep Elmwood in your prayers.

All for His glory and honor,

Pastor Fred