Pastor’s Perspective 09-01-2020

First, let me say thank you for all the notes, emails and phone calls I have received this past week. It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since I first moved to Fayetteville. One of the most wonderful parts of having served here first as Youth Minister and staying for 25 years has been watching former youth grow up and begin their lives as disciples for Christ. I have been to many, many wedding showers, weddings, baby showers and gotten to hold those babies. Sometimes it is overwhelming to watch what our youth have become as they serve Jesus Christ…serving as ministers, deacons, parents and just making a difference in this world.
As I transitioned to Minister of Missions, I continued finding my passion. Serving the least of these is where God moves me the most. And usually, it’s about what He has to teach me through the least of these. Never did I think taking our youth on their first overseas mission trip to Kenya would lead me to adopt from Vietnam, but God had bigger plans. And let me add a thank you here for how our church family rallied around me and have been family for my girls. As I always share in our Discovery Classes as I show the huge group of people standing around Hannah on her last year in the Nutcracker, that’s what church family looks like. No biological family in the picture, all church family.
And finally, never did I dream that during this 25th year of ministry here at Snyder, we would be in the middle of a pandemic, with limited church attendance and wearing masks everywhere. But that’s where we are. It is sad for me to watch the division between the people here in the US. And here is where my experience in visiting under privileged countries comes in to play. I learned about truly worshipping Jesus Christ from these countries and serving each other. If we would just learn to serve each other, I think we would live in a different place. Find ways to serve with your children. Bake some cookies, buy some extra masks, stop by and visit someone who can’t get out much (remember to keep your distance). Find ways to serve each other. We have the least of these all around us and even serving those who are not the least of these will bring healing to our land. Be watching for ways we will offer some opportunities to serve one another. Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
Thanks again! Susie