This past Sunday was my 20th Easter Celebration at Four Oaks, and it might very well have been my favorite. While it was exciting to get caught up in all of the extra-curricular things going on (donuts, Maple Street coffee, photo booth, mug giveaway), there were three things that were particularly meaningful to me:
1. Powerful Testimonies of God’s Grace – I don’t know about you, but the testimonies we heard from Emily and Vanessa as a part of their baptisms were just a reminder of what we want to be about at Four Oaks: seeing people come to faith in Jesus and celebrating their new life in Christ
2. You Bringing Guests and Friends – Word has been trickling back to us from your Community Groups about how well many of the guests and visitors that you guys brought this past Sunday were able to connect with the message and celebration of the resurrection. What an encouragement!
3. So Many of You Serving So Faithfully – I don’t feel like Easter this year was the staff putting on an event for the church family; Easter was more about the church family hosting a celebration for our neighbors and community around us. Job well done to all of you who served so faithfully in: making coffee, passing out food, greeting guests, directing kids to classrooms, and helping people find seats. You all performed your assigned host and hostess duties flawlessly!
For the Pastors,