Pastor Ronnie’s Blog

Family and friends of Jason Chapel:

I find myself in new surroundings and a new routine this morning.  It is my first day in the office at Jason Chapel.  It is strange to finally be here; in my heart and mind I have been here for months.  I sit at a desk surrounded by bookshelves, which I plan to fill, and now move within a community of faith filled with its own stories and history. I have dreamt about being a part of these stories for years.  It is on the shoulders of previous leaders and on their legacy I gratefully serve.  There is a picture hanging in my new office which was given me from my mother-in-law on the day of my ordination. It depicts a scene based on Hebrews 12 :1 “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  I could not be where I am this morning without those who have paved the way and served this great church before me.  The author, Len Sweet says it best, “Like a rower I back into the future while looking in the direction of where we have been.”   With enthusiasm “I move forward but looking backward for ballast, steerage, and steadfastness.”  I am honored to be a part of the Jason Chapel story and I am proud to be a part of your family. 

Transition is never easy and the work load, thought, and worry are very real.  I was impressed by the leadership and diversity within the church board during my interview.  The responsibilities of serving on the board during such a time invades your space.  It invades your thoughts and even your passion.  It is difficult work and work which at times is conducted with more questions than answers.  Thank you to the church board of Jason Chapel for all your hard work and for your ability to make difficult decisions for this body of faith.  Please take a moment in the next weeks to thank these members of our family for their work: Jacob Beech, Bendee Bess, Charla Eaton, Cheri Eaton, Dan Greene, Sandra Parchman, Joe Greene, Lori Wilson and Jerry Fling.

Congratulations to Jacob and Breanna Beech in the birth of their first child.  River, a 10lb. 3oz. baby boy was born on February 2, 2018.  Mother and baby are doing great.  Ground Hog day will never be the same.  

Congratulations to Bendee Bess for accomplishing a goal and reaching yet another milestone.  Bendee serves as Assistant Vice President and Compliance Officer at the Bank of Dickson. She recently reached the final and highest level of the position and is now officially a CRCM.  Your victory is our victory.

Speaking of victories.  I was not present to hear it; however, office staff was trying their best to fill me in concerning the words of testimony shared yesterday morning for the Wall family.  Darick and Tina we will continue to pray for recovery and your future appointments.  But for now we join you and your family in this season of celebration.  Your victory is also our victory! And remember, it wasn’t by chance or by luck.  James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”

This week marks the beginning of the Lenten season.  Ash Wednesday is a special marker on the Christian calendar which points us in the direction and begins our journey to the cross.  Over the next seven weeks preaching will consist of that journey.  Many Christians begin their journey toward the cross by entering into a special time of covenant.  Your covenant may consist of fasting from a particular meal or treat.  It may consist of fasting from candy, cola, or even coffee.  Whatever it is you choose, I want to encourage you to talk to me about it.  I want to know why you are stepping deeper in faith and attempting to experience something out of the ordinary.  I want to encourage us all to talk about it and lean on each other when we feel we can no longer give up our favorite items or habits.  I also want to encourage us all to not only give up something, but to take something on.  If you give up your daily coffee stop, could you find a ministry within Jason Chapel to donate your coffee funds?  If you give up watching a television show, could I encourage you to read and focus on the Gospel of John for that time?  Lent is not merely about sacrifice it is also about taking something on.   And if I may… I want to remind us all to allow the journey, as a whole, to speak to us this season.  Let us look toward the cross and toward the empty tomb, but let us not forget to learn the many lessons along the way.  I look forward to our time together this season.

February 25, 2018 has been designated as our Alabaster offering Sunday.  Start rounding up your coins and filling your alabaster banks.  This offering is distributed throughout the world and funds the construction of buildings used for ministry. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Ronnie