- Phone: (662) 842-1327
- Meeting Address:
300 N Church St
Tupelo, MS 38804
- Mailing Address:
300 N Church St
Tupelo, MS 38804
- Sunday: 8:15am, 9:45 am and 11am, 6pm
There are several big things that have happened over the past month. First, I am both excited and blessed that our church adopted the 20/20 Vision as put forth by our Strategic Planning Committee. While there are many more questions to be answered, I was encouraged by a 94% vote of affirmation. Our Properties Committee has already compiled a list of recommended individuals to serve as a Building Committee for the length of the project through all phases. There will be a vote of affirmation to take place on June 4th in the morning services for this committee.
Second, for the first time in 6 years, with the exception of a six week period, our church staff team is fully staffed with the hiring of Betsy O’Neal as our Director of Preschool Ministry. I have had the privilege of sitting down with Betsy and her family on several occasions and could not be more pleased with the person that God has sent us to fill this position. Please join with me in praying for her as she begins her ministry here with Vacation Bible School along with Carrie DeVenny, our Children’s Ministry Director.
Third, I am excited about the upcoming changes to our Sunday night structure. Last month I sought the blessing of staff and Deacon body to look at a new way of doing Sunday nights. I have personally been a lifelong, Sunday night attender and participant. I believe it is a unique time for a pastor to teach rather than preach, and there are things that are easier to discuss Sunday night than in a Sunday morning worship service. I am, however, concerned that if Sunday nights are not retooled, the timeslot will eventually be lost. I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE SUNDAY NIGHTS! Many churches have
canceled all Sunday night services and I do not want to ever see this happen. I realize that families are extremely busy in today’s culture and many of our families choose Sunday night to be family time. I believe it is your prerogative and responsibility to decide what is best for your family on Sunday nights, but I want to see Sunday nights grow as a unique experience for all age groups.
My proposal to the staff and Deacons was that we restructure the annual Sunday night schedule as well as the weekly flavor and structure of the service. Too often Sunday night service feels like a “Sunday morning junior” service. I want this to end. I want Sunday night to be a unique experience that looks different than a Sunday morning (because one sermon a Sunday is plenty). I have recommended that Sunday nights follow a semester schedule (Fall and Spring) as opposed to an annual one. I will be teaching beginning on August 13th a weekly roundtable Bible study in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. Rather than a worship service, this will be a teaching time where specific topics can be addressed. The first teaching series is Future History, a 14-chapter study I have written about Eschatology (study of the End Times). At the same time of the study in the Fellowship Hall, there will be separate studies for children and students. Therefore, every generation of the family will have a Bible study specific to them.
I was grateful that the staff and Deacons approved of the style and structure change of Sunday nights with a unanimous vote of affirmation. I believe taking June 25-August 6 as a “breather” in the Sunday night schedule will allow families of all ages to recharge spiritual batteries through rest, fellowship, and family time. I also believe this change will take our Sunday night ministry to a level of participation that we have not seen in years.
There are so many things to be praying about and for as the Lord continues to work in our midst. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers as we move forward in the grace of God.
Matt and Andrea Powell