Today's Saturday. Let's see...that makes tomorrow Sunday! I feel like little Orphan Annie right now as I think about that fact. "Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I Love You, Tomorrow! You're only a day away! That makes tonight the equivalent of Christmas Eve! It has that kind of anticipation for me.
Why am I so excited about tomorrow? I am excited because tomorrow is what we call Ingathering Sunday here at the Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord, Michigan. It is going to be a very special service with four major elements:
WORSHIP! As we do each Sunday, we will spend time Sunday, just days before Thanksgiving, singing our praises to God. We won't have our Traditional Service this Sunday. Instead we will all be together starting at 9:30 in the Gospel Center!
BAPTISM! We will have the amazing thrill of seeing over 40 people following the Lord in water baptism this Sunday. These are men, women, teens and kids who have trusted Jesus to be their Savior and are now ready to take that step of faith and obedience in publicly identifying with Christ!
OFFERING! Along with our regular offering, this Sunday we will also take our annual Ingathering offering with a goal of $50,000. The first $30,000 of these monies will go to our Elder Fund that is used to help meet the needs of hurting people primarily in our church as well as in our community including our monthly Food Truck ministry. The remaining monies will be used for some needed upkeep in our facility in the areas of painting and floor coverings.
DINNER! After the service is over our entire church family will move down to the gymnasium and Youth Room for a full blown Thanksgiving Dinner together. What a great ending to a wonderful day.
DECORATING! After dinner, the Creative Ideas Group will start the decorating in the Gospel Center for our new Holiday series that will start the next Sunday that we are calling "Avoiding the Christmas Crash." It is our prayer that even the stage set in the auditorium will help us to experience the most peaceful Christmas this year that we have ever had!
Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love you, Tomorrow! You're only a day away!