Dear Flock,

This week some of us have been reflecting on a few things that stand out to us from the Shepherds Conference a week ago. Chris Rogers mentioned appreciation for the investment the church has made in her pastors; an investment for the future. This is not the only conference there is, but is probably the one that has had the most impact on us over the years. We would love to take more guys next time.

Graham Marshall appreciated the session on "What is Success in Ministry." Nathan Busenitz challenged us on this subject from I Timothy and Hebrews. Human success is often related to numbers and budgets. But the list in Hebrews 11 is long and relates to faith and faithfulness as God's standard. The last part of that list is a challenge to us. Hebrews 11:36ff says "and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; .And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect."

Our Ukrainian pastors, Fedor and Alexander, were both blessed by all of this as they watched and listened to translation along with 500 other Russian speakers. Pray for these brothers as they return to their countries. I will let you in on what impressed all of us most next week. For now take a look at some of these messages at the Shepherd's Conference. Click here for all keynote sessions. We recommend: Al Mohler's " The Pastor's Job Description" (Mark), Steve Lawson's " Psalm 2" (Graham), and Paul Washer's " Preach Jesus Christ" (Chris).

This weekend (March 20) we are asking everyone to return your completed commitment cards from our banquet for what you believe God wants you to give above regular giving for our building project for the next two years. This is so we can expand our teaching and worship areas for the generations to come. Each sacrificial gift will make a difference as we can plan the amount we'll need to borrow from the NW Revolving Fund. Thanks for praying and giving. Remember, it is not equal giving but equal sacrifice that we strive for.

Don't forget that Easter invitations are available on the foyer table. There are two identical services at 8:30 and 10:45 with our annual Sea of Galilee Fellowship breakfast is at 9:45 so bring you favorite finger food. No Sunday School.

For the Generations to Come

Pastor Mark