I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who were able to help with our church demolition and clean up day on January 18th. I was a proud pastor to see teams of men, women, and youth working all around our church campus. You all put into practice the 2020 challenge to “serve the Lord with gladness” and gave your best effort all day long. As a result, we were able to accomplish a lot! Not only did we move the playground equipment and demolish the entire garage (in preparation for the building of our Family Life Center) but we also were able to power wash the sidewalks and the church sign. Inside, there were groups deep cleaning the sanctuary (including all the crevices in the pews) and the kitchen, pantry, ice machine, and fellowship hall. I appreciate all your efforts to keep our church looking its best inside and out, so the Light on the Hill can shine bright for Jesus! We must always take pride in the Lord’s house and care for this facility in honor of our Savior who gave His all for us.
There were many things that impressed me about this day. First, everyone worked together in a spirit of cooperation. There were many different groups of people working in different areas. People of different ages and abilities were able to each do their part. We are not all gifted the same, nor are we all able to do the same level of physical work, but everyone found a place to contribute. The effort was well organized and productive. Second, I was grateful that we had a safe day. Demolition of a structure is a dangerous endeavor. We were blessed that no one got hurt and we had skilled equipment operators who gave their time and talents to save the church money. Third, I was so proud to see men and women, young (and not as young), those who have been members for many years, and those who are new members all working together in unity. In spite of the cold conditions, we shared many stories, laughed together, and were able to accomplish a full day’s work.
I admit that it was difficult to watch a well-constructed building be torn down. It was a bittersweet occasion as we remembered the faithful Baptist Men who constructed that building (some of whom are still living and some who have passed away.) Yet we trust that the new endeavor of our Family Life Center is a step of progress that would make them proud. The wisdom of Ecclesiastes reminds us that for everything there is a season. This is an exciting season of preparing to break ground on a new structure that will begin a new chapter of minis-try for Neill’s Creek Baptist Church. The sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork that I witnessed on January 18th gives me great confidence in what God has in store for our Family of Faith!