Faces on Faith: As the season winds down
Now that the season is winding down, those of us at Sanibel Baptist Church are able to look back over the winter months with rejoicing and gratitude.
First, we rejoice that we were able to minister to so many who attended our Sunday morning Bible study and worship service while they were vacationing or “wintering” here on our beautiful Sanibel Island.
Like most of our churches during the winter season, we enjoyed the fellowship and the “new friendships” we made with our “brothers and sisters in the Lord” (a kinder term than snowbirds) who are now heading back in their northern nests for the summer.
We will miss them while they are away; yet many said they are looking forward to being back with us next year.
Secondly, we rejoice because God provided a wonderful location for us to meet during those particular Sundays that we were unable to gather at our normal location; the Community House on Periwinkle.
One of our wintering couples arranged for us to temporarily meet in the clubhouse of the RV Park in which they were staying for the winter season. We are extremely thankful to the owners of Periwinkle Park for allowing us the use of their facility on Sunday mornings for several weeks.
The clubhouse was ideal for our small group; and we offer our heartfelt thanks for all the kindness shown to us by the park owners and residence. (By the way, the vast array of birds and other wild life in the Park was a special treat for all of us. Everyone who visits the Island should see this show!)
Lastly, we rejoice in the fact that we will be able to meet regularly at the Community House for the rest of the year.
For those of you who are not acquainted with our ministry, we are a small group of Christian believers who gather for Bible Study, prayer, fellowship and worship on Sunday mornings from 9 am to 11 am.
Our services are very low-key, casual and informal with plenty of interaction and mutual support (and there is always plenty of coffee and donuts for everyone).
So if you are into the A.D. house-church approach to ministry, we invite you to be a part.
-Pastor Mark Hutchinson, Sanibel Baptist Church.