A Message From Our Pastor...
Pastor Chris

January/February 2018
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

You are called. Through the waters of Baptism, by the Holy Spirit, you are called as a disciple of Christ. What does that call mean to you? How do you respond? As we enter the New Year together I believe it’s important to take a few minutes to think about that call, to pray about it and to figure out how we will live out that call this year.

As Christians we believe that we continually grow in our faith, or at least we should, and part of that growth is practicing that faith to the best of our abilities. How are you going to practice? Can you commit to a regular worship schedule? Will you study the Word of God? Will you serve those in need? Will you visit those who are lonely, sick or imprisoned? Again, the question is, How will you practice your faith?

Once you think you have an answer then ask this question, “How is Holy Counselor a place where you can live out your call?” That’s one of the key things a congregation should be for you. It’s not just about being a place where you can see friends, take time out from the busy world or be a part of a new family. It is all those things – just not only those. It’s also place where you live out the call, practice your faith and grow strong in the promises of Baptism.

On January 21, we will hold our annual meeting; most think that’s about the ministry spending plan and electing a couple of people to council, but it’s really about how we as a congregation plan to live out our call together. Pastor and the congregational council need to hear from you about how Holy Counselor can do that for you. Talk to them so we can grow in faith together in 2018.

-Pastor Chris

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