On Sunday morning, September 10, our pre-schoolers, children, youth and their families sponsored a bake and t-shirt sale, with proceeds going to the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief being conducted in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Families did the baking, and brought their baked goods to sale. The grand total for donations for that sale was $2,979.75! Wow! I was so thrilled and so amazed by that total!
Our Circle Drive Church family wants to say thank you to Ed McGee for 24 years of faithful service as a full-time pastoral staff member. Ed's start date at CDBC was February 21, 1993. During these years, Ed has consistently remained faithful to the LORD, his wife, his family, his church family, and his calling. He served for many years as our worship pastor. Several years ago he transitioned to become the AIM director, ministering to our senior adult members. He also has served in the capacity of director of our New Life Counseling Center, coordinating this important ministry. He has also led on several construction mission trips.
Hurricane Harvey has produced catastrophic flooding and devastating damage in Texas. I am so thankful our daughter, Holly, her husband, Scott, and 3-year-old Daniel have escaped both. They live in Spring, Texas, which is a northern suburb on Houston. Many other residents were not as fortunate.
On behalf of our Circle Drive church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Wilma Stout and her family in the passing of Lynn Stout. The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is "a time to be born and a time to die." For Lynn Stout, the time to be born was August 22, 1934 in Yukon, Oklahoma, and the time to die was August 4, 2017 in Colorado Springs.
Our Heavenly Father is prompting our hearts to enter into a season of prayer and fasting for the month of August. In Matthew 17:20-21, GOD's Word says, "And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
I join with our church family today in celebrating the life of David Raque, who was called home to heaven on Tuesday, July 11. David was 50 years old. He was born March 18, 1967, the son of Ann and Herman Raque.
One Voice Mission ( Music Evangelism Foundation) is hosting the36th annual Word & Worship Conference this year at the campus of Focus on the Family. The dates are June 26-30. The event begins Monday night at 6:45 pm with a concert. From Tuesday thru Friday, the conference will begin at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm.
Today is the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. On June 6, 1944, American, British and Canadian military forces launched Operation Overlord, the codename for the largest amphibious invasion in world history. Allied forces landed on 5 different beachheads along Normandy, France. This campaign would be the beginning of the end of WWII.
Circle Drive church family, be sure to join us tomorrow after morning worship for our picnic at the park, right across the street from the church building. The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a side dish (chips, fruit, casseroles, etc.). If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert. Also, be sure to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. I look forward to seeing you all there!