Pastor’s Ponderings

 Ponderings

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of preparation for our family’s trip to Annapolis to participate in the Commissioning Week activities for our second-born, Ricardo. As I shared in worship on May 13th, Ricardo is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering and will be commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marines Corps on Friday, May 25th. Many other families are also preparing celebrations for their graduates during the busy months of May and June. We will celebrate all of the graduates affiliated with Woodmar on June 10th in worship…I hope you will be present to surround these graduates with love, joy and encouragement as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
Amidst the flurry of excitement, there is also sadness all around us: one of our dear Christian brothers, Phil Drajeske, passed from this earthly life to God’s eternal Kingdom, a 20 year old former band student of Miguel’s, Dominic Davis, lost his 15 month battle with cancer on May 15th, there was an attempted school shooting in Dixon, IL that was thwarted by the security officer (thank God!) and there was a school shooting in Houston that took the lives of 10 people, and I could go on and on. We live in a world where we are constantly experiencing great joy and deep sadness, so what lesson can we learn from this? My prayer is we will learn that the call God has placed on our individual lives and on our church is urgent, meaning that it requires our immediate attention. It’s not something we can put off until we have enough people, time, resources, etc. The time to take action is now.
We have three big community outreach events coming up very soon: the Community Yard Sale on June 2nd , Vacation Bible School June 18th – 22nd, and the Summer Reading, Math, Music, and More! Program beginning June 26th. Won’t you please pray about becoming involved in some way in one or all of these events? If you are not physically able to participate, that’s okay! We need prayer warriors undergirding every move we make! To effectively live life lovingly with our neighbors, we need to build relationships with them…we can begin by simply passing out water bottles and engaging neighbors in conversation at the Community Yard Sale.
What a beautiful opportunity God has placed before us! It is an honor and a joy to partner with all of you in this great adventure to which God has called us!
Living in the Grip of God’s Grace,
Pastor Esta