I can’t wait to be back with you this Sunday. It’s Mother’s Day. We get to recognize what the Lord does through the family. But in addition to that, there are so many exciting things coming up both this Sunday and then the days to come.
One of the things I’m looking forward to the most about this Sunday is getting the chance to reintroduce Arturo Pena to our church family. As many of you know, he’s served as our part time Hispanic Minister for over 6 years now. But starting this Sunday, we get to take the steps towards bringing him on full time as a part of our ministry staff. He’s going to be able to wake up everyday investing in the lives of our Hispanic ministry. I can’t wait to see the fruit that God is going to bring through that. We’re going to bring his family up, recognize him and pray over him. I can’t wait for you to be a part of that moment.
But also, as we look ahead to the week following that, we are going to be gathering for our second Central Family Celebration. That will happen on Wednesday night at 6:00pm. We’ll gather in the Family Life Center. If you didn’t come last time, you don’t want to miss it this time. In addition to affirming Arturo’s step into full time ministry with us, we get to have an ordination. Our College Ministry Associate, Justin Graham, will be going through that process. Beyond that, we’ll be celebrating what the Lord’s been doing in terms of new baptisms and new members and just hearing updates about the life of the church and seeing and celebrating all the ways that God has proven Himself faithful.
Men, don’t miss out on our Monthly Men’s Study. That’ll be coming up the very next day on Thursday morning. We’ll be back together in the Grand Room talking about the way the gospel shapes our approach to work and how we carry out the vocations we have in life.
In the middle of all this, I just want to continue to challenge you to set your hearts towards the Lord — to seek the things above as we focus on this prayer emphasis for May. We had an incredible time together at the National Day of Prayer. It was encouraging to see so many of you pouring yourselves out to God, and I can’t wait to see all the things He’s going to do as we set our minds on things above. I can’t wait to worship with you this week.