The pastoral staff of Hilldale just completed our annual planning retreat. We get together for a few days each October to plan and dream about the upcoming year. We had a lot of fun together, talked about some serious issues, streamlined a few things, developed an evangelism strategy, prayed together, laughed together... it was a great time together.
Some things are the same - well, they are the same kind of event - such as the Passion Play and "the Tree." VBS, the Fall Festival and those kinds of things will continue too. They are great outreach opportunities to our community and great projects for us all to work on together.
Other things may be new or changed a little.
But through all of it, our prayer is that the Kingdom will advance, the lost will be saved, the saints will be encouraged and will grow in their faith and their walk and that at the end of 2010 we will be able to look back and see the great things God was able to do because the people of Hilldale were willing to follow His call.
Here is your challenge. Will you wait until someone comes after you with a cattle prod or a guilt trip to do something for the Kingdom or will you get excited about what God is doing and join Him now? Don't wait for one of your pastors to say, "will you?" Jump in there and say, "Let me join you. How can I help? I've invited my neighbor..."
See you tomorrow night. Choir is at 6:30.