The Pastor's Peace - October, 2014
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Well, we have done it! You might wonder what it is, being that we have accomplished several things at this church in the last couple of months. The “it” I happen to be speaking of right now, is the completion of the sanctuary truss repairs. And there was much rejoicing! There are still some minor bits of work that will be done over the next month or two, but the big part of the project is finished. I want to thank all of the people that gave so generously of funds and time to make this project happen. At a final cost around $40,000, this was a pretty big undertaking for a smaller church like Beaver, but people came together and got it done. This of course was not the first big challenge Beaver Church has faced and it will certainly not be the last. I have faith, however, that if we stay true to our calling to spread Christ’s love, we will have God to see us through any challenge we face.

As I think about this challenge and any challenge in life, for that matter, I am reminded that everything we accomplish we do so with the help of others. This was true for the truss project in every way imaginable. We were helped by the former generations of this church, current members, and even people only tangentially related to the church. Most of all we had God’s help in this endeavor as well. Because we all came together, we were able to be successful and do our part not only for the congregation right now, but for those who will come through our doors
to seek God 50, 100, or even 200 years in the future. In this way we are supporting them and helping in their challenges as well. Sometimes when the world closes in on us, we are frightened because we feel so alone and have no idea how we will make it to the other side of something. The real challenge sometimes is to have faith that you are not alone, and that others will come to your aid.

If we look at Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” we see that we are not alone and we see the importance of community. The interesting thing about this scripture is the acknowledgement that we need others in our life, even when it comes to finding Jesus. We do not have a relationship with God by ourselves but rather in community with others. A church with a single member can only accomplish a little, would find it nearly impossible to deal with many challenges, and be limited in scope to a single lifetime. A church of many, however, can do more than we can possibly imagine, can weather almost any storm together, and can continue for centuries upon centuries. Thank you, Beaver Church, for demonstrating this, for coming together to take care of the sanctuary, but more importantly, thank you for coming together as a diverse group of people with different ideas and voices, yet with the common bond of Christ and the love of God.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Brian