From the Pastor's Desk: February Happenings
Glorify God, Grow in Christ, Generously Share God's Love and Grace
I’ve lived in Nevada just long enough to know that spring is around the corner; and I can’t wait. Perhaps like yourself, by this time each year I find myself yearning for longer days, sunlight, and outdoor activities. Just as we need sunlight to stimulate our minds and replenish our bodies with Vitamin D, spiritually we grow when we make room in our daily lives for time with God.
As I look to the year ahead, I’m excited about numerous learning and growth opportunities at GVPC. I’ve been given the opportunity to help lead an 8-day trip to Israel with Collette Tours from October 28 to November 5. I hope you will consider being a part of this trip as we explore the landscape of Israel with its rich Biblical history and visit iconic sights such as the Church of the Nativity, the Sea of Galilee, Qumran, Masada, the Western Wall, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. For more information, reach out to me or plan to attend a meeting with a Collette representative on Wednesday, February 20 at 6 pm.
Our Membership and Outreach Committee is planning a New Member Inquiry Class on Saturday, February 23 at 9 am. If you’ve ever thought about exploring membership at GVPC, I encourage you to sign up for this class. It promises to be a fun and informative morning of learning and making new friendships.
On Wednesday, March 6, we will begin our observance of Lent with our traditional Ash Wednesday Communion Service at 7 pm. Our service will also include the imposition of ashes. This year during Lent we will be exploring guideposts on the journey of faith as we look at the stories of men and women in the New Testament who had life-changing encounters with Jesus. Each week during Lent, I will also be leading a Wednesday evening worship service with a meditation designed to help us focus on our need for God’s gifts of grace.
Have you ever wondered what takes place at a meeting of Nevada Presbytery? Consider stopping by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas from March 11-13 to learn more about how the churches in our presbytery work together, share ideas, and make decisions in order to help expand our collective ministry and outreach throughout Nevada.
Following her popular presentation last spring, we will be welcoming Rev. Lydia Sarandan to present a workshop on “Faith, Perseverance, and Resilience in an Ever-Changing World.” Join us on Saturday, March 30 for this opportunity to explore practical ways to cultivate the Christian characteristics of perseverance and resilience as we encounter and work our way through life’s expected and unexpected challenges. Our morning will begin at 8:30 am with refreshments and our class will begin at 9:00 am.
Spring is coming and God’s abundant grace is always near. Take time to bask in the Light of Christ.
Rev. Adrian N. Doll
© Adrian N. Doll, Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 2019