According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, transition is “a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another: change.” Most of you aren’t surprised that such a term is bouncing around in my head these days! It certainly appears that we are in the midst of transition. A couple of Sundays ago, Bro. Loy Seal announced his intention to retire on December 31, 2018. That will complete thirteen years of ministry for him here at Temple Baptist Church, and combined with his previous work at Cook Baptist Church, he will have served over twenty-one years here in Ruston. And of course, Deborah has been a faithful ministry partner with him. Over the next few months, we will have opportunity to show our appreciation to both of them and celebrate their contributions to the Kingdom before his retirement (Although, he will tell you that he is not going anywhere!).
Then . . . for those of you here this past Sunday, you heard our Associate Minister of Music, Chris Albritton, announce his resignation as well. Chris and Brittany will be headed up north to Calvary Baptist Church in West Lafayette, Indiana. Chris, or “Toph” as he is affectionately called, quickly stepped into an interim role in February 2011 and served so well that he was brought on to our full-time team in 2015. I’ll have more to say about both Chris and Brittany in the coming days, but please mark your calendar for Sunday, May 20, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for a reception in their honor.
So back to Webster. As I reviewed the entry for transition, I found an alternative definition: “an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by a loss or gain of a single quantum of energy.” Now, I know that this meaning should properly be set in a scientific context, but may I momentarily place it in our spiritual context. We are definitely experiencing an abrupt change; and yes, we may experience some loss of energy (if nothing else, the relationships themselves). But in the midst of this transition,
I believe we can also see a “quantum” gain of energy! After all, if it is the Lord’s will, then that means it is best for all
involved . . . including us (as hard as it is to believe). Pray that is
the case . . . and intercede for the Personnel and Nominating Committees as well as the staff as we work to develop a plan to capture this energy!
Speaking of energy, let me implore you to join us for our Combined Worship Service this coming Sunday. It is our annual SEND Sunday where we intentionally “send out” our high school seniors and our college students (serving as short-term summer mission teams, ministry internships, camp counselors, seminary students, etc.). We are committed to giving to missions (We surpassed our home missions Annie Armstrong Easter Offering goal!); but this Sunday, we demonstrate that we are committed to “sending” as well. Do not let anything stop you from being there; otherwise, you will miss an unbelievable blessing! This will be a tremendous mutigenerational gathering for our church family!
See you at 10 a.m. for Sunday School and 11 a.m. for worship!