A Connected Community

Thank you, Bryan Franklin. Thank you, Grace Freeman. You opened your hearts as you opened the Word of God to our people. I am so grateful for your leadership in worship these past two weeks.

We begin a new worship series this Sunday with a very special occurrence – the ordination of Deacons. Matt Cushman, Kevin McDonald, and David Powell were elected to serve in this vital ministry of our church. We have the privilege of blessing these men as they accept this new role of leadership.

The sermon series is a study in Paul’s letter to the Colossian church. Only four chapters long, the letter addresses issues that confront the church of today. I encourage you to read the letter and to pray for our services these next four weeks. Being a connected community has both vertical and horizontal implications. You will hear me ask more than once: “How connected are you to Christ?” and “How connected are you to His body the church?”

To expand the meaning of those two questions is to examine how you are living out your faith in company with other believers. What kind of difference are we making for the cause of Christ in every avenue of our lives? How are we exercising good stewardship of the Gospel through our time, talent, and treasure? One possible measurement would be the checklist contained in our 60 Days of Celebration and Service booklet. How many checkmarks have you made in yours? I still have some work to do, how about you?

Here are some ways you can really help your church right now:

  • Pray for the three search teams looking for leaders for our open ministry positions – Minister of Congregational Life, Children’s Ministry leader, and Youth Ministry leader.
  • Be in your place on Sunday mornings. I have missed Wieuca these past two Sundays and am eager to join you in Bible study, worship, and fellowship this Lord’s Day. Will I see you there?
  • You have heard it before and you will hear it again. We have serious financial challenges. We are not making our budget by the tune of over $200,000. This year we have had to withdraw $65,000 from investments to pay our bills. Our expenses have not exceeded our income, but we are carefully managing our resources to keep it that way. If you are tithing, thank you. If you are giving, consider a tithe. If you are not giving, your faithfulness is sorely needed. If you can give more, you couldn’t pick a better time. Giving is worship; it is obedience; it is joy; it is sacrificial; and it strengthens our connected community. I pledge to do my part. Will you do yours?
  • With our gaps in staff leadership right now, it is imperative that we enlist more volunteers, especially in our children’s ministry. If you are willing to help, please contact Bryan Franklin (bfrankllin@wieuca.org) or Rachel Sloan (rsloan@wieuca.org) to find out where you can serve

A connected community implies that we desire to be a part of something larger than ourselves. We are a part of the greatest movement in the history of the world. We have been given a message that will transform lives and change eternal destinies. We are Wieuca!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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