Letter from Dennis Luker, President
May 4, 2011
I hope your Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread were deeply meaningful and inspiring. LeeAnn and I were able to visit five different church areas over a period of about ten days.
We were in Richmond, Virginia, for the Sabbath before Passover and for the Passover service. We then visited Columbia, Maryland, for the Night to be Much Observed with the congregation there. On the First Day of Unleavened Bread, we were in Wilmington, Delaware, with all the brethren from that area along with those from Columbia and Philadelphia. Don and Peggy McCoy are our new pastor and wife in those areas, and we thank them for being willing to take on this new responsibility!
For the weekly Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread, we were in Wichita, Kansas, for the fiftieth anniversary of that congregation. It was a very successful celebration. Ed and RaeAnn Dowd are the pastor and wife there and did an excellent job of organizing this special Sabbath. Jerry and Mary Ann Aust, a former pastor and wife for Wichita, were able to be there for this weekly Sabbath and also for the Last Day of Unleavened Bread. LeeAnn and I traveled on to Kansas City, Missouri, for the second Holy Day, where Joe and Patricia Dobson are the pastor and wife. We ended the Feast on a high note with the elders and brethren there.
LeeAnn and I returned home physically exhausted but spiritually strengthened and encouraged by the wonderful attitudes and incredible dedication of the pastors, elders, deacons, their wives and all the faithful brethren that we were able to visit with. Words cannot properly express the feelings of love, joy, peace and unity that we experienced on this ten-day trip. It was tiring but more than worth it.
Our focus during this Passover season was on Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Lord, and on putting sin out of our lives by letting Christ live His life in us. That is the symbolic and spiritual meaning of putting out leavened bread and eating unleavened bread for seven days. We all need more of Jesus Christ living in us! I am confident that God the Father will continue to bless and guide us in doing His will and His work as we humble ourselves and let His Son, Jesus Christ, live His life in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. That is how we will finish the work that He has given us to do!
Here at the home office, we are very encouraged by the generosity of the brethren as evidenced by the Holy Day offerings. That information is included later in this newsletter along with the attendance figures. We are smaller in numbers but much stronger in unity, peace and purpose. We are moving forward in fulfilling our calling and mission of preaching the gospel and preparing a people.
The General Conference of Elders begins at the end of next week here in Cincinnati. We look forward to seeing many of you here. Thanks to all of you for your labor of love for God and His people!