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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 Matthew 5:16

Whenever I receive opportunities to talk about North Cleveland Baptist Church to an individual or to a group, I always include our church’s historic and exceptional commitment to missions.  It is one of the many “good works” of our congregation and is expressed in many ways such as prayer, hands on ministries, and financial giving.

Our most recent demonstration of our priority to missions occurred this past week when our church exceeded our $22,500.00 goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.  It is the first time we have exceeded our Lottie Moon goal in several years.  Especially impressive is the tenacity you exhibited in accomplishing this ambitious objective.  On January 1, we were still more than $4000.00 away. But during each of the past three Sundays, you closed the gap more and more. Last Sunday’s gifts put the total amount over the top!

Such an achievement certainly qualifies as a “good work” that, as Jesus said, should shine before men. But notice also that the praise for our good works is not to go to us.  Rather, glory is directed to our Heavenly Father. We give Him praise that this gift will enable almost 5000 missionaries to share the love of Jesus to nations and people groups all over the earth.  Congratulations for an exceptional achievement. May the Lord be praised!

Another accomplishment of note this week relates to the recording and accounting of all our financial gifts. This week marks Kathy Godfrey’s completion of ten years of work on our church staff. Kathy began working at NCBC as our Director of Weekday Child Care Ministries. For the past four years she has served as our Church Financial Secretary. Kathy naturally possesses the qualities that enable her to excel in her duties: accuracy, faithfulness, and trustworthiness. With Kathy managing the books, our finances are in good hands.

In addition to her work responsibilities, Kathy and her husband, David, teach our Kindergarten Sunday School class. Here too accuracy, faithfulness, and trustworthiness shine forth. Kathy and David have one of the highest percentages of Sunday School attendance among our entire church membership. Take a moment this week to personally and intentionally share your appreciation and congratulations to Kathy.

Join us Sunday as we continue our study through the story of Jonah!                                             Jay

 

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