Pastor Dave’s E-Note – First Chair

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“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:3-6
These words of Paul, to the church at Philippi, express how many of us feel about Hamilton Mill UMC. This has been a great Lent and Easter Season. I want to thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard in the music ministry, hospitality and facilities, greeters and ushers, as well as the staff, for a job well done. God was glorified in all we did and more importantly, we are still growing together, giving together and working together, in the name of the one we love.
If you haven’t yet checked out the “My Favorite Easter Moments Blog” on the website, it is worth doing click here
0424140906dI thought I would add my favorite moment. It happened at the 9:30am worship service Easter Sunday. The sanctuary was packed and the tent below was just as full. I was so excited about the music, the sermon and the Spirit in the church. In an effort to create three more seats in the chapel, I asked Mike Wooten to bring three folding chairs and place them on the platform for the acolytes. The Fink family came in a little late (that never happens) and they took the three seats, on the front row, previously designated for the acolytes. As the acolytes came forward and preformed their duties I directed them toward the three folding chairs on the platform. However, Makaela Davis sat in my chair! It was the big chair with the tall back and comfortable padding. 
I am always mindful of children and the impressions they form from our actions, so I hit the “pause” button. I remembered how Jesus said, “Let the children come to me for too such belongs the Kingdom of God.” Surely, I thought, if the Kingdom belongs to them, then the chair does as well. I recalled the words of Jesus about making “children stumble” and the millstone around ones neck. I thought about why I was there – I was there to serve. So I grabbed one of the folding chairs and I asked Makaela if I could sit next to her. “Sure!” she said, “that would be good.” That is what I did. It was the best worship experience I’ve had this year.
I think we would all agree what has made this an exceptional year is the generosity of heart that is unfolding at Hamilton Mill UMC. Easter Sunday, greeters went the extra-mile, people helped hold the tent down, students and volunteers outdid themselves on The Rooftop. Everyone was of one heart and one mind. I had the opportunity to worship next to one of the most amazing young girls in our church. She chose the right seat, the seat of honor. It is for her and her generation that we minister, hope and pray.
GT Congregational Mtg TeaserWe are within 7% of our target goal of $3M for the Growing Together Campaign. I know before we go to the bank next week others will want to help close that gap. We can do it!
This Sunday evening, at 6:00PM, our congregation will have the opportunity to vote on three matters. First, the leadership of our church believes we can move forward with this project. They will be asking for your support and affirmation to complete construction documents so that our builder, ADE Builders, can competitively bid the project and determine a cost for construction.
Second, they will be asking for your support to prepare the site. This will include moving, or replacing the modular units and securing the necessary site development permits.
Third, they will seek your will about moving forward with the financing of the projects. Our congregation is very strong both spiritually and financially. Truthfully, banks are currently competing for our business.
While these decisions do not require a congregational vote at this phase in the project, your building committee desires to serve God and they, as do I, believe God speaks through you. As one building committee member shared, “Let’s keep growing and going together.”
This congregational meeting will also give you an opportunity to ask further questions and express any concerns or celebrations on your heart. Most of all, it will be an historic moment for our church, as we seek to be faithful to the vision God set before us.
I thank my God every time I remember you. I too, pray the good work that has begun in you will come to completion in God’s time. I am so thankful, for all who serve, all who pray and all who give their hearts to God in this place. Most of all, this week, I am thankful for Makaela who reminded me once again, when you’re in worship it doesn’t matter where you sit, what matters is you sit together.
In Christ,
Dr. David L. Davis
Author: Pastor David Davis

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