Preacher's Thoughts

Barb and I are so grateful for the elders’ honoring us last Sunday for our 35 years at Northwest and giving us a trip to Atlanta to thenew Braves stadium.  Thanks to all of you for the many kind remarks and good wishes as we achieved this milestone together.  Most of all, we are thankful to God for the relationships and successes at Northwest over parts of the last four decades……

We have been saddened to learn of the deaths of three of our former members -  Betty Carter, Jean Cottrell, and B.J. Jones.  Betty and her husband Randall, who still lives in Ft. Myers, were so instrumental in the building of our worship center in the late 80’s. The Cottrells were here for over 25 years as Gary served as an elder and Jean worked at GCCS.  Both Geoffrey and Preston grew up here.  B.J. was the wife of Harold Jones, the first full time preacher at Northwest. We are so grateful for what both of them contributed in those beginning years of the church. We offer our deepest sympathy to all three of these wonderful families…..

Let me tell you about a couple of ministries in which you may want to participate. One is the Spread the Word ministry.  We attempt to find visitors on Sunday mornings and invite them to have a personal Bible study. It is really a lot of fun. The other is the Barnabas ministry.  Wehave various opportunities to encourage others throughout the year.  We need people to pray for both of these ministries.  Let me know if you are interested or have questions…..

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.