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Pastor Rob's Weekly Letter

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Dear Friends & Church Family!

If you haven’t seen it already, I encourage you to check out the church’s improved website. I read an article the other day that said 98% of people who visit a church visit their website first. For this reason, we have put some major effort into updating our website. Carolyn’s son-in-law, Dustin Treadway, is gifted in web design and has offered to help us update the church’s webpage. He has reformatted the main page and the livestream will come up on our website during the worship service. Also, we are adding “Square,” an online giving app to our website (in addition to Servant Keeper), so that there are more ways for viewers to express their support for the ministries of Lockhart Church.

Good news, the trustees have been able repair the computer that operates the auditorium lights. An outside transformer blew and fried our audio/visual lights computer board, but the trustees had it replaced. It’s great to know we have such a capable group of trustees maintaining our facilities and equipment.

This brings me to the next item on my list. The church has needed multiple unexpected repairs. The Rockhart building’s roof sprung a leak, a power surge damaged the fire alarm, and the air conditioners required extra maintenance. Additionally, canned lights in the auditorium’s ceiling have burned out, and because of the ceiling height, the trustees must procure the services of an electrician to reach and replace them with LED lights. Replacing these lights will involve moving pews, which drives up the cost.

Currently, the financial report for July states we have $49,241.50 in our general operating account. This amount is a little more than one-month’s operating expenses. The finance committee likes to have at least three-month’s operating expenses available, but it has dropped significantly in the summer months. With this in mind, let me say that Lockhart Church is filled with faithful givers, but please keep up with your tithes and offerings because our ministries are totally dependent upon your faithfulness.

In conclusion, the purpose of our church is summed up in three words: Worship – Connect - Serve. We want to worship God with all our hearts, connect with each other, and then work together to serve our community through the love of Christ. I leave you with this promise from the Apostle Paul:

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8–9).

God bless you,

Pastor Rob

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