My Friday, tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday. Here’s what I found today:
1. A USB Flash Drive. A nice one too. 32GB. But truth be told, I know why it is here because I put it here. Kinda. I did receive it from someone yesterday, and I put it in my office for safekeeping. We’re having another Family Night on Wednesday, and after the meal, a lady from Faith Church, Terry, will be talking about her recent trip to Boone, North Carolina where she and a couple friends served with Operation Christmas Child (OCC) at their distribution center. One of those friends made a PowerPoint that we’re going to show on Wednesday, and she loaded it onto the flash drive. Are you familiar with OCC? You know the shoeboxes that a lot of churches fill for children in need around the world? That’s Operation Christmas Child. Do you know what happens to all those boxes? Maybe you filled one last year? I’m excited to hear what happens when the shoeboxes leave the church. Terry has told me a bit of the story, and it is amazing, especially the part about the impact shoeboxes, filled with love, can make in the lives of kids around the world. How about joining us Wednesday night to learn more?
2. Employee Salary Audit. Booooooooooring. I really wrestle with the business elements of being a church in our era. This audit is a form that our denomination asks us to fill out each year. It’s not that complicated, really. We just have to write down the list of everyone we paid salary to this year and how much. Frankly, the business side of the church doesn’t interest me all that much. I have a hard time caring why my denomination would want to know that, but I trust them that there is a good reason. Thankfully, I don’t have to fill out that paper. We have dedicated volunteers that are much more talented at managing the finances of the church than I am. I praise the Lord for the way he has gifted people in different ways, such as having a business or financial mind. What scares me, though, is when the church is so business-oriented that we can be side-tracked from the mission of God’s Kingdom.
3. Mail. I have a couple pieces of Saturday’s mail sitting on my counter: a packet from International Christian Concern (ICC), and a newsletter from Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). Lots of acronyms today. ICC is an org that documents the persecution of Christians around the world. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe face hardship and personal violence that no one, no matter what they believe, should face. It is hard for me to read ICC’s publications sometimes because the stories are so painful. We need to remember, pray for, and advocate on behalf our our persecuted brothers and sisters. CEF is the group that gives oversight to Good News Clubs (GNC) in elementary schools around the county. We have a great group of volunteers that run the GNC in our local elementary school, Smoketown. In fact GNC for spring 2014 starts today! It is a great way to reach out to kids in our community, and we are quite thankful for the generosity of our school district to allow us to meet after school in Smoketown’s large group room.
Now it’s time for me to clean up!