As the year 2004 draws to a close, I think it is a great time to look back to where we have been and where God has led us during the year. Truly, this has been one of the best years in the history of the congregation. I say that realizing that in my own family, we have experienced the death of three parents (within a nine month period) and the death of one of our closest friends.
This year, the Mt. Juliet church has met numerous challenges and because of faithful members and God’s help, we were victorious in most of those challenges. Each time the church gathers, I sense a spirit of love, unity and cooperation. Brethren, those components are necessary if we are to grow and glorify the Father.
I have been specifically impressed by your response to the request from the elders concerning the budget. During the June/July time frame, we were behind in contributions by approximately $26,000. The elders addressed the shortfall and asked each family to prayerfully consider what they could do to meet that challenge and make up the deficit. It thrills me to report that you responded in such a positive manner, that the weekly contribution will most likely end up in the black.
This year you were asked to support a Special Contribution to help pay off some of the indebtedness of our recently acquired property (2040 Bldg. and adjacent property). The goal was $100,000, which we felt would be very ambitious. You stepped up and gave nearly $110,00. What an expression of faith and cooperation.
The amazing things that have happened at Mt. Juliet during 2004 have been far beyond temporal. Wonderfully dedicated teachers have taught children, teens and adults. We have deacons who are actively involved in ministering to others. People from the congregation and community are being fed through the Meals on Wheels program. Souls are being saved and
praises are being sent to God the Father as we seek to serve Him.
We could not complete this article of looking back without mentioning the Weekend of Prayer we had a few weeks ago. Very specific prayers were sent to God beginning at 6:00 a.m. and every hour on the hour until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday evening, we were led in some of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard. I am confident that on that weekend, we got an idea of how sweet heaven will be as we spend time praising God and worshipping Him.
Thank you for being a congregation that is easy to lead. The elders realize that without your support our job would be impossible. Thank you for your confidence in us. We are mere men and will sometimes disappoint you, hopefully never intentionally. Please join me in praying that 2005 will be another positive year at Mt. Juliet.
To God be all the glory!