Pastor's Blog: The Times Are Changing

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

I trust that you are aware that this Sunday the time will change to Daylight Saving Time. I know that many people like to talk about this change as a “spring forward.” Thinking about it in that way helps them to know how to set their clocks. To “spring forward” reminds us that we move the clocks ahead an hour. I prefer to think about it as losing an hour of sleep. 

Either way I want to make sure you are aware of the time change. I have shuddered over the last couple of spring time changes because of how the decision to move to Daylight Savings Time has happened on the second Sunday of the month. My great fear has been that we’ll have great confusion on this time change Sunday, so that the people who come will be an hour late for what they came expecting to experience. That’s why we need your help reminding others that this Sunday is when all the clock-changing (and sleep deprivation) begins.

But on a more serious note, the changes that are ahead for us also hold some exciting news. We will be hearing at both services this Sunday from Gil Murdock, chair of our Implementation Team, who will tell us about the exciting plans that are coming together for making our Vision 2020 plan become a reality. Gil and his team have been working hard to populate the first round of ad hoc committees, and he will be providing us an update on their progress. 

I know we’ve been talking for a good while about this recent Vision plan, so much so that you may be a little weary of hearing any more news of it. But please understand that unless we keep the plan before us, we will inevitably find other things are getting in the way of its implementation and we will end up being less the church we all have sensed God calling us to be. I think you’ll agree with me that now’s the “time” for us to move toward its promise for our church. So, set both your clocks and your hearts this Sunday as we follow the leadership of God’s Spirit into the good future He has for us – a future that no one will want to be caught napping and miss.

“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).