Mike's Monday Message

Mike's Monday Message

A Lesson from Hurricane Florence

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”  John 3:8 My NIV footnote says, “The Holy Spirit is sovereign. The Spirit works as it pleases in the renewal of the human heart.” Since most people in North and South Carolina were focused on the “wind” last…

FAITH FORMATION (Christian Education)

The following article* has been circulated recently among Christian churches regarding faith formation. It highlights the important foundations needed to effectively make disciples. Virginia Callegary, one Christian educator in Maryland, shares what she would like members of the church to know about faith formation: We can’t do it alone (and we shouldn’t have to). Faith…

Being a Community Church

This morning some “early birds” from Palmetto gathered on our corner to provide donuts and coffee for the parents (and students) on their first day back at Carolina Park Elementary. We also took donuts and coffee to the teachers at the school and to the firemen at the Carolina Park Fire Station. At 8:00 we gathered in the sanctuary to offer a prayer for our students,…

OUR 2ND SECOND SUNDAY – BACK-2-SCHOOL

It’s going to be a fun day of Worship, Fellowship, and Faith Formation . . . and you’ll be going home by 12:30. So come and be filled by the Spirit and spend some time with your church family. We will have a casual worship service (no robes, no ties) with a short homily, “A Boy and His Lunch,” some uplifting music, a few surprises along the way, and we will come to The…

Small Groups . . . It’s a Secret

It may surprise you to know that we have ALWAYS had small groups at Palmetto from the very first summer when we were organizing . . . but . . . we have tried to keep it a secret. Well, there was that one summer when we had SEVEN small groups going at one time! (I guess someone let the cat out the bag.) In the past year there has been a Monday night group going strong, but…

Celebrations

Sometimes, when we talk about the church as being “family” we don’t realize the significance of that phrase “church family.” To me, it means as we journey together we experience life in its totality, with its celebratory moments, times of trials and sorrows—and times, as our church calendar describes it, when we have “ordinary time.” I have a friend who when she talks…

Recruited…Or…Led by the Spirit

Some folks are really good at sales . . . I am not. Therein lays the problem! Evangelism and growing a church is some part good salesmanship and some part Spirit led. Don’t ask me the percentage, I have no idea. Evangelism is about making disciples and bringing new folks into the community of faith. But the salesmanship does not end there. Church leaders have to…

Adaptive Change…. In the church…

Adaptive change means you know something new or different is needed, you need CHANGE—you just don’t know what that change is! At Palmetto we want everyone of all ages to be engaged in some form of Christian education, and yet we understand that many folks, especially our young families, desire to be at church for just one hour, or maybe 90 minutes at the most. The days…

Graduation

It is that time of the year when we honor our graduates and the focus is on  this major “milestone” in a person’s life … regardless of the graduation, be it from kindergarten, high school or college.  The good news is the graduate has finished one leg of the life journey and is ready to move on.   In my sermon yesterday, I said as Christians we…

Going Forward

Today, we begin the second decade of ministry at Palmetto. There will be many changes as our community grows, as culture changes and as technology becomes even more complex. How we, as a local church, deal with these changes will determine the impact of our ministry on our own members and the community outside our doors. So, this morning our Christian Education Team will…

It’s Here

This Sunday, May 20, is our big 10th Anniversary Celebration. Ten years of doing ministry together as Palmetto Presbyterian Church! Where did the time go? Just think—our first youth elders who are now 18 and have a mature faith were just 8-year-olds beginning to learn about church. With God’s grace and the prayers, commitment of time and finances, and the passion of so…

Spinning…Going Nowhere

I try to go to spin class at 02 Fitness 3 or 4 times a week (it is nice to see some Palmetto folks in my class). Granted, it is a challenging work-out, but at first two things bothered me about spinning. First, it is not competitive–you don’t WIN.  Second, as hard as we pedal, we don’t get anywhere. After going to this class for a long time now, I realize I DO win…

What Makes a Good Youth Program?

Last week I talked about nurturing faith through three steps: Planting the seed . . . Feeding the soil . . . Watching them grow . . . As we prepare for our church’s 10th anniversary and pull out pictures of our ministry, many of us adults who have been here a while look the same except for the color of our hair . . . or in some cases, the LACK of hair. But our youth and…

Teach Your Children Well

In our children’s ministry we have a wonderful resource in a book our leaders have been using: 100 Things Every Child Should Know before Confirmation by Rebecca Kirkpatrick. On May 20th, we will receive the confirmands into the church as members. While our youth may not know all 100 things, what makes this book so valuable is its format: after each item to “know” there…

Gospel Conversations

On this day before Federal taxes are due I have a few comments about politics and religion. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen said in a radio interview, “We have lost the ability to have political conversations.” The host argued we have political conversations all the time. But she responded, “No we have conversations about politics. A political conversation is a…

In Jesus’ Name

There is an old hymn that goes “Take the name of Jesus with you . . . take it then where’er you go.” Most of the time in public prayer, I try to end my prayers “in Jesus’ name, Amen,” but not always. In Rotary, I am usually called on to offer the invocation and pledge because I am the “preacher,” and don’t mind praying. That is the one time during the week when I am…