Reverend Dawn M. Conti

 

From The Pastor:

Silver Linings Playbook is a great movie made in 2012 that is about a former teacher, named, Pat (Bradley Cooper), who after a stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his parents, and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife Nikki. While fixated on winning Nikki back, Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Tiffany falls in love with Pat, who seems to be in the dark. Toward the end of the movie, his father, Pat Sr., (Robert De Niro), encourages his son not to miss this opportunity saying: “I'm telling you, you gotta pay attention to the signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this, it's a sin if you don't reach back. I'm telling you, it's a sin if you don't reach back - and it'll haunt you the rest of your days like a curse. You're facing a big challenge in your life right now at this very moment, right here. That girl loves you, she really, really loves you. . . ”

The God we know most clearly in the life, death, resurrection and teachings of Jesus Christ, really loves us. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” I believe that Jesus is knocking and that the Holy Spirit is opening the door to God’s Banquet to Kanapaha Church wider than ever before in the church’s 216 years, empowering the witness of KPC to burn it’s brightest.

 

The Holy Spirit has been sending blessing after blessing to God’s church at Kanapaha. We have been, by the power of the Holy Spirit, living into the three ministry goals as set out by our five year strate-gic plan to become a more:

1. outwardly focused disciple-making church.

2. invitational church, and

3. financially stable and generous church.

 

Have you been “paying attention to the signs”? God is pouring out the Holy Spirit on KPC!

 

Since the beginning of the year:

God has added 11 new members (six in the Church and Café Worship and five in Sanctuary Worship)

Praise to you, O Christ!

Last Sunday, Church & Café Worship attendance hit an all-time high of 50 worshippers!

Praise to you, O Christ!

After praying for more diversity, God has made a way and the session is forging a partnership with Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, a primarily African American church, who were also praying for diversity. We meet together with their leadership for the first time this month.

Praise to you, O Christ!

This summer, a concert, “An Elegant Evening” will be offered by Erica Williams. (July 25th at 7:30 pm) and the community has been invited 

Praise to you, O Christ!

The Holy Spirit has helped me to become a “notes free” preacher; to God be the glory. I hope that this preaching style is more engaging and inviting.

For the first time in the 12 years I’ve been your pastor, God has raised up a lay preacher in Hoyt Chil-ders, who preached his first sermon last Sunday;

Praise to you, O Christ!

Church debt has been paid down to less than $22,000;

Praise to you, O Christ.

For the first time ever, the proceeds earned from the Fashion Tea, were not needed to sustain the church. They were given to mission, specifically the “Adopt a Cabin” program at Montgomery Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center.

Praise to you, O Christ!

As I have mentioned before, I believe we are living through a Kairos time in the life of Kanapaha Church. Kairos means the “supreme” time, the opportune moment. It’s time when God permeates the veil separating Heaven from Earth in an unusual way to execute God’s plan at God’s time. Kairos moments are a windows of opportunity but these windows of opportunity are a limited time offer. As Pat Sr. put it, we “must reach back. . . We “are facing a big challenge. . . right now at this very moment, right here.”

God has something that God wants to do through each of you and your gifts to help build up Christ’s church at Kanapaha. In order for that to happen, each of us must grab onto that moment, with both hands. Everyone’s contribution of time, talent and financial gifts are needed. What can you do to help the church reach her goals of becoming more outwardly focused, invitational, financial stable and generous? Christ is counting on you.

 

With anticipation and gratitude,

Pastor Dawn