Today was another great day of worship at Apex Baptist Church. We had a special treat in our worship services as 45 of our children led us in worship today. They did such a great job singing! I am thankful to be a part of a church who loves children. I hope and pray that we can continue to reach out to the thousands of young families with children who live in Apex.
I am overwhelmed when I think about all the commitments that were made today by our church family for each of us to reach out to one person who does not know Christ. I met people after both services who wanted prayer for family members that they put in the bucket. There are literally hundreds of names on my desk right now that I will pray over this month as our church is getting serious about reaching out to our neighbors with the message of the Gospel.
The Guest Reception today was PACKED! My wife, Brigitte, and I stayed nearly an hour after service meeting new families. We met people who are just moving into our area and also people who were looking to get back into church after a long time away. Others were looking for a place for their kids to be discipled and one couple just wanted a place they could find some friends. It was very exciting. While I am talking about Guest Reception, I want to say thank you to the senior adult ladies who bake cookies for the Guest Reception each week. They do a wonderful job and are making a difference by creating a warm, welcoming environment for guests to come and ask questions. I believe we have the best cookies at any guest reception anywhere!!!
Finally, tonight I am thankful for the volunteers who jumped into action quickly when we had so many families with preschoolers showed up to put their kids in our preschool ministry. I found out this afternoon that we had 12 new families who came to church each with multiple preschoolers! It is always a great day at church when the preschool ministry coordinator has to raid life group classes for enough volunteers to care for all of the children God has entrusted to us!
I cannot wait to see what God is going to do at our church this fall!