12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly, I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. – John 13:12-17

Hey church! I am so excited to gather for worship and the word with you on Sunday! We are coming out of a week in which we hosted pastors and their families from the East Coast Region of the Great Commission Collective. It was a ton of work for our staff, but well worth it because we saw God work. The kids of these pastors were encouraged as we loved on them. The couples were refreshed by teaching on the topic of prayer. Rest, encouragement, refreshing times of worship, challenge from God’s Word, and strengthened relationships all happened.

I mention this for two reasons. First, a huge THANK YOU to you. Your generosity and serving behind the scenes help us strengthen these pastors and their families.

Our guest speaker, who travels all over the world speaking at events like this, commented on how “special” and “unique” this pastors’ retreat was. Mission Church is known as a place that invests in the kingdom because of events like this, and God was glorified multiple times through it. Great job, church!

Second, we get to hear from one of these pastors this Sunday. Jeremiah Canfield, senior pastor at Reclamation Church Monroeville (PA). Pastor Jeremiah and his wife Stephanie planted Reclamation Church in 2013. The Lord has used them to shepherd a vibrant congregation that has helped plant churches in the greater Pittsburgh area and around the world. Pastor Jeremiah will be preaching from John 13 in a message titled “People of the Towel”. Join us as we hear from a pastor in our network!

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Nate Newell