Recently I read L. Frank Baum's classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with my kids. You've probably seen the classic movie. The movie offers up some life lessons that remind me of some of the things I want to communicate about our church to you:
1.) There's no place like home.
Isn't this the theme of the book and movie? Like Dorothy, we all long for home - a place of security and rest. As important as our earthly homes are - our ultimate home is with God through Jesus. Until heaven our ultimate home, our homes and home churches provide some safe places where we can be ourselves (be real) but also places where we can grow (be transformed). I'm thankful for the home I grew up in and the home churches that I have been a part of. Here at Easton Baptist Church we seek to be a home church - a church family - a place to belong, to believe, to become who God wants us to be.
2.) You need friends to make it.
The four main characters of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion could not have made it on their own. They needed each other. Here at EBC we realize that we can't make it on our own. It's a crazy world out there, especially during this pandemic time, and it helps to have fellow journeyers with you. We need people of different ages, different backgrounds, different strengths and weaknesses and that is what we have here with our church family.
3.) You need a path to follow.
Just as Dorothy and her friends followed the yellow brick road, we all need a path to follow. It's a confusing world with many paths out there. We follow a Person - Jesus. We have a guidebook in the Bible to help us with decisions and dilemmas and it directs us which way to go.
Rev. Bob Sheldon has been our Pastor for the past 16 years. Previously he has served as the Assistant Pastor/Director of Youth Ministries at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, N.Y. for 14 years. Bob graduated from Alliance Theological Seminary, in Nyack, N.Y., and from Kings' College, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Bob and his wife Heather have two children. They enjoy fishing together in a bright orange canoe.