Thank you, Church. Your response to our circumstances has us moving in the right direction. You can see in the newsletter the results of this past Sunday’s gifts. Please remember that we must look at our situation with a long view. One Sunday of generous giving is  a wonderful start, but this is more like a marathon than a sprint. Biblical stewardship is not a single action that results in a stronger financial position. Biblical stewardship is a decision, an act of the will, a display of discipline about the whole of life. How we manage our time, talent, and treasure demonstrates our understanding of who the owner is and who the trustee is.

We begin a new series this weekend, “Putting on the Character of Christ.” When I was seven years old, I was saved. Since then, I am being saved – being transformed by His work in my life into the person He wants me to be. Paul wrote: “I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be” (Philippians 3:12).

It makes sense to me. Tell me a pursuit in life where you stop learning, growing, improving, and evolving. We should expect, even demand that we mature as Christians. The process occurs in the midst of the tests and trials of life. Paul noted that the tough times should cause us joy because of the gains we experience: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us – they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with hope” (Romans 5:3-5).

To put it another way, God is all in for us. Are we all in for Him?

Calling Wieuca’s Leaders! Our 2nd annual Leadership Retreat occurs November 7-9 with special guest, Dr. Doug Dortch. Doug is an outstanding pastor and leader who will inspire and challenge all of us who have accepted the mantle of leadership in our church. This is also a great opportunity for those looking for a place to serve. A part of our weekend will be a spiritual gifts assessment session that might be helpful in the discovery of your abilities that match leadership possibilities. The retreat starts with dinner (please make reservations in the church office or through Pam Jernigan pjernigan@wieuca.org).  Sessions will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Doug will be preaching on Sunday. Circle this important date on your calendar.

Be in your place this Sunday for Bible study, fellowship, and worship. Invite a friend to join you!

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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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