September/October Newsletter Article

Hello Emmaus Family,

I hope this summer has been a great one for you and your families. It has been a busy one for our family, for sure. Lots of changes to get used to, and things to figure out. I am so grateful to be in the position I am in here at Emmaus.  I would like to share with you some things that I have been up to, as well as some observations from my first two months here.

As for my schedule, it seems to work well. I attend the Gillis’ Bible study Monday mornings; then I spend the afternoon in the office at the church. I am working Tuesday and Wednesday doing construction projects. I spend Thursday and Friday in the office from 9-4.  I have been trying to meet with as many of you as I can, so if I am not at the office during those times, I am most likely meeting with someone off site. If you drive by and see my truck, please feel free to stop by and chat. I am still hoping to meet with each and every one of our regular attenders, as well as those who have not been to Emmaus in a while. If you would like to set up a meeting with me for any reason, please don’t hesitate to call. I have a new local number it is …

I wanted to share some of the things I have observed about our church family as I have been here now for two months.

The first thing is that we feel so very welcomed as a family. You all have been so great to welcome us into the family and really make us feel like we belong. Thank you all so much for showing us so much care and love as we have been added to the family at Emmaus. This has been a great transition for us, and we are thankful to you all.

I also realize that I have come to a church family that has a history that didn’t start in July of 2012. This church has endured a very difficult season, I think most of you know that. As I have met with folks and heard their concerns and experiences in our church I have realized that there are some who may have a measure of lingering hurt with which they are still dealing. I would like to make a plea to anyone in that position to please talk to those you feel have offended you, and be reconciled. If you feel you need help in this with a brother or sister, please don’t hesitate to call and I will be happy to assist. Jesus, places such a high priority on reconciling with one another that he says to “leave your gift on the alter”, and be reconciled before you give it.  Please heed his advice if you are in that position.

In closing, I am very excited about the future of Emmaus. I believe God has prepared this body to do significant things for His kingdom. I look forward to building on the success of our great VBS, and the Wednesday night program, I hope we can reach out to this community with the Love of Christ in a number of ways, making known the greatness of God and His reconciling act of sending His son Jesus to save us.

His Servant and Yours,

Bryan

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