Today our church family should be filled with an underlying excitement. Today, we are taking on something that we have not done. We, for the first time, have an Associate Minister! For our small church, this is exciting!
Sometime today, they should be getting in to town. We have several people going to meet them and help them unpack the U-Haul. We also have people who are preparing their first meal for them. We want to make them feel like they are welcomed and that we want them here. We want to encourage them and make them feel at home. Take Crystal under your wing and show her the church, the family, the different opportunities we have at our church and in our community. Do not think someone else will do that. Do not expect that our minister's wife will do all of that. She will do some of it, but she too works, has responsibilities and family to attend too. This is our church, our family. Each of us need to step up and not wait for someone to ask or someone to tell us what we need to do. If you have an idea, and are not sure if it is good enough or the right direction, run it by an Elder. They will guide you and direct you.
This is how we encourage each other. Pray for the Dawsons. Help them. Get to know them. You may just find that you actually like them!
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.