Summer is coming to a close and soon everyone will return from vacations and be back to a more normal schedule. God has blessed us with a fruitful summer at GHBC. I am grateful for the ministries in which our church has been able to participate―from camps to VBS to mission trips and many other effective ministries. We are having an end-of-summer church-wide fellowship and I want to make sure you know about it, especially those families with children. We will meet on Saturday, August 19, at Elizabeth Milburn Park & Pool in Cedar Park from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.
I am looking forward to the fall and trusting God that this fall season will be a great time of revival and effective ministry for our Lord. We are off to a great start with our 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting. On Tuesday many came and participated in our noon prayer meeting. We will do this again next Tuesday at noon as we meet together to worship God and pray for one another. During these 40 days we are asking God for many things, and that is wonderful because in Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus told us to ask. The four requests that keep bubbling up in my heart are for unity and for revival for GHBC; for blessings upon Stuart Smithson, the leadership team, and future church plant (Cornerstone Community Church); and for our nation.
I would like to ask for your help with a couple of items. One, can you help by being in the worship center a few minutes before 11:00am? When we start the worship service each Sunday we have literally only half of the people present. I don’t want you to miss our baptisms and welcome time, so please help us by getting out of Connect Group classes a little sooner and joining us for worship. Two, please reach out to guests on Sunday mornings. From the time they arrive in the parking lot until the time they get back in their cars to leave, I would like for our guests to have a wonderful experience on our campus. I wish we could all pitch in to help make every Sunday as inviting and hospitable as we did last November when we hosted the Southern Baptists of Texas annual meeting. We can do it! It will take an all-out church effort. I know I have written about this numerous times, but we still have so very far to go. Will you help? Will you do this for the one person that God will lead you to on Sunday, for the one?
On Sunday we will continue our study in Nehemiah. Our text is Nehemiah 10:28-39 and the title of the message is “Keeping Commitments.”
Some have asked about a Great Hills business-owners listing. We have compiled that list and you can find it at ghbc.org/business-directory or just look under “Ministries” on the website.
Last, but not least by any means–We will be recognizing Pastor Harold and Barbara O’Chester on Sunday as they celebrate some truly remarkable milestones in their life, marriage, and ministry. Friends of the O’Chesters, Chris and Diane Machen, will be with us and will help lead us in worship. They are talented singers and have such a heart to serve God. We will have a great day in the Lord and I hope to see you Sunday!
For the one,