February 10, 2022February 11, 2022
June 13-17, 2022April 8, 2022
Dear Pine Glen Church family,
Our great God is on the throne (Psalm 24:1) and He does all things well (Mark 7:37)! My hope and my prayer is that your heart would be inclined towards Him (Hebrews 12:2). I also pray that you are anticipating and preparing for eternity with Christ. This life is not just about soaking up as much pleasure as we can, but about serving our Master and preparing for the life to come.
It has been almost a month since my last letter so I want to get you up to speed on a few things.
Our property has been overtaken by kittens (okay maybe I’m exaggerating a little). Our 5 kittens are growing like crazy and we are enjoying them immensely, especially our kids. We have 2 spoken for, which means there are still 3 available (a big thanks to the Yoder’s and the Walters for claiming your kittens). They are super cute and we would LOVE for you to have one.
The Easter season is upon us. This is such a special time of the year as we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. A powerful passage of Scripture that speaks to the significance of Easter is 1 Peter 2:21-25: 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Praise God for what has been accomplished through the cross of Christ! Let me encourage you to invite a friend to our Easter service, April 17th at 10:15. Also keep in mind that there will be a Good Friday service, April 15th at 6:30. This joint service will be held at the Paintersville Alliance Church.
I am happy to report that giving has been very strong over the first quarter of 2022. I am even happier to report that I have seen generosity in so many other ways amongst our church family. You have given of your time to one another. You have served one another in countless ways. You have given to the work of missions, disaster relief, and to the Ukraine crisis. As we continue to reach out to one another, it is obvious to me that God is at work in our midst, and that His love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5).
Preparations are well underway for VBS this June 13-17th. As you know, it takes a lot of work to host this event, and there is still a need for volunteers (talk to Kimbra if interested). In the next few weeks, there will be a registration link available on our website. Do what you can to get the word out there about our VBS, and please be in prayer that God would use it for the glory of Christ and the salvation of sinners.
Let me make mention of a few prayer requests:
Our missionaries serving in different parts of the world
That the gospel of Jesus Christ would go forth and bear much fruit
For those who are suffering and grieving in our midst
Alyshia Adams as she prepares for her move to Indiana
The ministry of the Word, both here and abroad
That God would strengthen marriages and families within our church
Personal holiness in our lives
The crisis in Ukraine
There is always much to pray about, but we need to remember that God is faithful (1 Thessalonians 5:24). There is no problem too big for our God and we can be sure that His Kingdom is advancing. Souls are being won for Christ all over the world, and God is building His church (Matthew 16:18) little by little.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, be encouraged! God is using you and your witness in ways you cannot even comprehend. So be faithful, trust Jesus, and in love serve one another (Galatians 5:13).
By His Grace,