You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 CEV
It’s the time of the year we see signs such as: “Fall Sale” or “Back-to-School Sale” or “Buy now with your PFD”. The purpose of these signs is to draw attention and create excitement so people will purchase more stuff.
We are looking forward to an exciting fall at JCC. New banners are up stirring up interest and excitement about the Children’s Church, the new Spanish ministry and other special goings on at JCC. As with the sale signs, the purpose of our signs is to draw attention to services and events designed to cause us to enjoy the fellowship of each other, inspire us to invite others to enjoy all of the fun happenings, and, at the top, to give God the glory and open avenues for us to share the gospel. Here are a few things you can look forward to this Fall.
Enjoy: the new Spanish Ministry, the beginning of small home-group Bible studies, a new Sunday School class, new curriculum for the Children’s Church, new plans for outreach in the community, continuation of the dedicated prayer line (570-4932), new plans for a Men’s Ministry Bible Study, different services and events for Sunday evenings, and a new website. You can find all these activities in the bulletin, the newsletter, on Facebook, and on the JCC Blog so you don’t have to miss a single get-together. The more activities that you are a part of the more you will have to enjoy.
Beyond personal enjoyment, thought, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to reach those who are un-churched and need Jesus. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5: 14-16 that we are to be a light to the world. We are not to hide what we have in Christ but be a shining light for to people know that they need Jesus and that He has a plan of salvation for all who accept it. One way to do this, of course, is to live it. But, also we should desire to share the gospel message with others and invite them to church. The challenge is set, let’s take it and be the light of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. Pastor Marlan