God has been blessing us! He has been sending us new people; many of them have been returning and we can see some growth, such as we saw last Sunday. But as wonderful an experience as this is it also means that God is giving us all new responsibilities that go along with new people. Here are some areas where you can assist our efforts to help people:
Volunteer to help with children. As we add more adults we are adding more children. We are excited about the increasing number of people who are saying “I’ll help!” But we still need more helpers. I would appreciate it if you would call Bob Umbanhowar and Kathy Downs and offer to help.
Where you sit makes a big difference. As our Worship Service gets more full we have noticed that some of our later arrivals have had trouble finding seats. That means we need everyone’s cooperation. Here’s where you can help:
1. Sit toward the front and center of each of the two sections of seating and leave the rear seats for our guests.
2. Everybody prefers an aisle seat, but remember that many of our guests will leave if staying means crawling over people on the aisle.
3. Please take notice of newcomers sitting alone and go sit next to them. Sitting by yourself in church can be very lonely. Introduce yourself to them and let them know you are glad they are here.
Offer to help our newcomers. Many of our visitors have said this is one of the friendliest churches they have visited. That doesn’t happen by accident. It must continually be worked at by members who recognize they have a God-given opportunity to bless people. Notice people who seem unsure of themselves. Just walk up and introduce yourself and say, “Can I help you find something?” Go out of your way to be friendly. Introduce them to someone else so they can make several friends. Invite them to lunch. Remember, people aren’t looking for a friendly church; they’re looking for friends. I really appreciate the wonderful way in which so many of us are responding to outsiders. Let’s keep it going!
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship