Rev. Bob Sheldon has been our Pastor for the past 14 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. With his New York background he is a big New York Rangers hockey fan, but don't worry his wife Heather is a big Boston Red Sox fan!
As we enter into another autumn season, I'm reminded that I like living in the Northeast where we experience all 4 seasons. Winter gives way to spring which settles into summer which changes into autumn and then all over again. I like aspects of all seasons, but I also don't look forward to certain changes either. My favorite season has always been autumn. Something about the beautiful colors as the leaves change the landscape. Perhaps it's the fresh start of another year - of school, of sports, of church ministries and programs. Perhaps it's the routine of a more set schedule after the lazy hazy days of summer. Maybe it's the memories I have from Octobers past.
I'm always excited when autumn rolls around as our regular church activities start back up and things are more scheduled. I want to challenge you to move ahead in your walk with Christ. In the epistle of Jude verse 20, we are reminded to "Build yourselves up in your most holy faith." We understand that muscles don't just build up on their own, we need to exercise them. We understand we don't build up bank accounts by wishing, we must make deposits into our savings. And we don't build ourselves up spiritually by hoping or wishing to grow in Christ - we must build some things into our schedules to grow spiritually. We must make some spiritual deposits. Our church family gives you opportunities to make such deposits:
*We have worship here every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
*We have Family Bible School every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. with classes for all ages.
*We have Connect Groups which meet in homes for a meal, Bible study, and prayer.
I want to invite you to make some deposits into your life with Jesus by inviting you to worship, learn, grow, and serve with us.
Blessings to you this autumn season,