It’s been described as a “God thing” and I can hardly disagree. God was at work late last year when prayer warriors Freddie King and Brenda Garrison crossed paths. Freddie was ministering to local victims of Hurricane Florence, and Brenda’s home between Surf City and Hampstead had been severely damaged by the storm, resulting in her and her two granddaughters being displaced.
Once our Chapel’s Missions committee became aware of Brenda’s predicament in December, a plan was quickly hatched to undertake a mission to restore her home. With support and funding from the Board and Benevolence Committee, the project was on. Nine hundred volunteer hours later, Brenda’s house has been restored, under budget and ahead of schedule, and Brenda and her granddaughters are back home.
More than 30 EAMC affiliates took part in this local mission project. I believe God had his hand in it the entire way from the beginning. How else could you account for the crossing of paths, the project idea, the support and means, the volunteerism, the cooperation, and the friendship and Christian bond that has been formed with Brenda and her family. Yes, it was a “God thing”, and we have all been blessed.
Our Worship committee has been busily planning and conducting worship opportunities for us in the coming month or so, many related to the Easter season. And the Social Committee has arranged for two special visitors to be at our annual Easter Egg Hunt. I encourage you to read the newsletter carefully to ensure you get all the April dates for your calendar. In addition, a National Day of Prayer service is scheduled for May 2, our 8 a.m. Sunday morning service will resume May 26 and run through September 1, and Children’s Church begins June 16.
The Youth Committee has already engaged Devin Wood to return as this year’s Summer Youth Minister. This year’s Youth Assistant will be announced at services in the chapel on Easter. The Youth Program begins in early June.
The Building and Grounds committee continues to facilitate repair of storm damage to the Youth Cottage, as well as the Fellowship House. Hopefully we’ll get our facilities back to normal soon.
As you can see, spring and summer are busy times for our Chapel, but if you think about it, we’re busy with activities year round. All of this is made possible by our devoted affiliate volunteers (Thank you!) serving our Chapel and Christ through nearly 30 committees. As you already understand, our Chapel is a “God thing” itself.
Finally, during this special season that’s upon us, let’s take time to pray that our hearts are prepared to accept the message of the cross—that Christ died for our sins, was crucified and buried, and was resurrected so that our sins are washed away that we may have eternal life with Him.
I welcome your suggestions, questions or concerns. Drop me an email or give me a call at 910-604-3835.