By Pastor Lanny Peters
When we are in town, there are many other choices that could be made mornings rather than coming to worship at Oakhurst, including the New York Times or Garrison Keillor or maybe just relaxing doing nothing after a busy week. In creative tension with such is the first commitment in our church covenant, “I will gather regularly with the church to worship God, share the good news, and continually examine its implications for my life.”
Summer is here when many of us will be away at times for relaxing vacations and/or to see family. (For some, these are not the same -Ha.) While we are less scheduled in the summer months (no church suppers until ,) we continue to provide opportunities for worship, study and fellowship for children, youth, and adults as you can see in this issue of the Messenger.
Since our numbers are down this time of year, I encourage those of you who are in town to gather for worship. Week to week, the pastoral staff and lay leadership work faithfully and creatively to plan worship that prayerfully intends to help us worship God, share the good news, and continually examine its implications for our lives.
On June 21, Cindy Brown will preach in a service planned with Assistant Minister Sharlyn Menard. Since joining Oakhurst in the spring of 2011 with her partner Sharon McMahon, Cindy has served as a deacon and the last teacher of the Love Class, and has shared her love of photography in many ways. She is a graduate of Candler School of Theology in with an MDiv in 2009. This will be her first sermon at Oakhurst since Cindy was ordained at Oakhurst on .
On June 28, Tolly Williamson will preach in a service planned with Jon Spencer, Interim Pastor for Sabbatical, with Jerry Williamson serving as liturgist. Tolly and Jerry have been members of Oakhurst for over 32 years. They have served in countless roles over those years. A graduate of Mercer University and Southeastern Seminary Tolly conducted programs of CPE at institutions in Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia for more than 30 years, including 20 years of service as a supervisor and Director of CPE at the Emory Center for Pastoral Services in Atlanta. Tolly has been a mentor for countless CPE students, including a number at Oakhurst.
On , we will observe Religious Liberty . Our guest speaker will be Stephen Reeves, Associate Coordinator of Partnerships and Advocacy for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I have been excitedly working on this service for some time now, and Stephen’s CBF colleagues, Tere Canzoneri and Ryan Clark will be serving as liturgists.
Since 2013, Stephen has led advocacy efforts on issues related to CBF missions communities through which CBF engages individuals, field personnel, churches and ministry partners. The communities include Education, Economic Development, Healthcare, Justice and Peacemaking, Church Starts and Faith Sharing, Internationals, Disaster Response, and Poverty and Transformation. As part of our Religious Liberty , we will hold up the work of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty where Stephen previously served as staff attorney.