Friday, August 20, 2004
Pastor Larry Mays
At the risk of making this column an advertisement, let me encourage you to come to the annual "Sunday After Church Picnic," sponsored by the Sunnyside Ministerial Association and Sunnyside's Promise. The picnic will be held at Sunnyside Central Park beginning at 3 p.m. this coming Sunday, Aug. 22. The Sunnyside churches are encouraged to participate but you are welcome to come as a family or individual if you do not have a church family or your church family is not participating.
The purpose of the picnic is an opportunity to get better acquainted with other church families than your own and to fellowship and have fun together in the name of Christ. Sunnyside's Promise will be represented there also, providing the drink refreshments. They will be giving opportunities for folks from the faith community to register their willingness to volunteer their talents and services for the benefit of children in our community.
We will have a potluck meal together and play some games. Churches are requested to bring their own serving tables to keep the park picnic tables available for eating on. For games, the tug of war was a big hit last year and we will repeat that event this year, along with some of the other old fashioned games.
While all of the churches exist because of their different emphasis of belief, truth and message, we can fellowship together emphasizing unity in Christ without conformity or compromise of our uniqueness.
We as pastors of the Ministerial Association are united by the Apostle's Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty; Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only (begotten) Son our Lord; who was conceived by the holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell [Hades, spirit-world]; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic (universal) Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body (flesh) and the life everlasting. Amen.
As members of the faith community you are encouraged to come and fellowship and dine with fellow believers of other faith communities this Sunday afternoon. The public is invited regardless of their individual religious beliefs. As a community we can make a statement no matter how seemingly insignificant-but a statement nevertheless noticed by some that we can be friends while holding varied beliefs. That is an important statement to make in the times we are living in.
As a Seventh-day Sabbath keeper, I will be looking forward to seeing you Sunday.
- Larry D. Mays, pastor of the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church