The Vision – February 2016

Many thanks for the ministries you share!

Soon we will gather in our annual congregation meetings to give thanks for your gifts of time, talent and resources that we share with our neighbors in service to God. We truly practice our ELCA motto – God’s Work, Our Hands. We will honor and thank our outgoing council members and encourage our new leaders. We will reflect on how our ministries are helping people in our community and seek new ways of reaching out as opportunities for ministry are revealed. We give thanks together for the privilege of being part of the body of Christ in these communities of Gowen City and Shamokin.

I must thank you for your prayers and the support you show me, especially during the busy times of Advent and Christmas. Your cards, your gifts, your words of encouragement and your love mean so much to me as I strive to fulfill my call as your pastor. MaryLou is very appreciative of all you do for us as well! We are truly blessed to be a part of the ministries we share with you.

We are called together to move forward in ministries in these communities where our churches are planted. Perhaps we can take a cue from Jesus as he began his ministry in his town. He read from the Isaiah scroll, and this is what is says:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18-19

Let us strive together to do those things God calls us to do with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit!

In Christ’s service,
David M. Byerly
Pastor