• Farewell Blessings

    After discussing it with the shepherds, they and I agreed last Sunday that my preaching style was not as effective with the makeup of the congregation as we had hoped, and have asked me to step down as the Preaching/Teaching Minister effective immediately. It sorrows me that my health problems and family issues had become a distraction for me and adversely affected my performance. This was NOT an adversarial separation. We all want the church to learn, grow spiritually and thrive in God's service in Keystone Heights. Kat and I love each one of you dearly and pray He will bless you, keep you, and make His face to shine upon you.

    The elders have graciously agreed to pay our housing allowance through June while Kat and I pray and seek the Spirit's direction for our future. We have been invited to continue worshipping and serving here. Please pray for us in deciding what our next moves will be. Until this is revealed, please stay in touch with us and let me know if I can serve you in any way. Although we were with you only 8 months, we treasure our fellowship with each of you.

    In Christ's Love,

    Jeff


  • Getting Around

    Thank God that I am finally free from having to wear that big, bulky boot! The fracture remains, but Kat and I have decided to hold off on surgery until/if it becomes unbearable. Thank you all for the concern, love, and understanding you've shown and your prayers the past few months!

    Hopefully, you've read the elders' letter regarding my status by now. They have graciously given me a break from preaching until my foot heals to the point where I can stand and preach 20-30 minutes each Sunday. This doesn't mean I'll be on vacation though! I'll still be handling all of my other ministry duties. My goal is to meet with every church family member over the next 2 months. If I've overlooked you, please let me know. I want you to know that I'm here to serve everyone. You can call or text me at the church number (352-562-1001) anytime or email me at jeff@keystonecoc.org.

    There are exciting things happening at KHCoC! The website is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the community and to keep our members informed. I hope everyone will check the calendar often. If you would like us to add something, please call, text, or email me. This week I'll be adding a bulletin page and will soon be uploading PowerPoint sermon presentations to go along with the sermon YouTube videos. If you have any ideas or suggestions about the website or FaceBook group, please let me know.

    You may have noticed I've put a mailbox on the office door. I want to hear from all of you about sermon or class topics you would like us to explore, to share your concerns & spiritual needs, information on friends or anyone who may be interested in a Bible study, and anything you would like to share with me. Just fill out one of the info slips on the foyer table and drop it in the box. If there is any private information, however, please use a sealed envelope or hand it to me in person.

    In Christ, Jeff

    Hebrews 10:24-25


  • The Wit & Humor of Jesus

         We often overlook the fact that, as a man, Jesus shared the same emotions we were all created with. Rarely do we discuss the Lord's sense of humor, yet, we see many examples of His wit, sarcasm, parables and analogies that contained humor relevant in His day. For instance, in Matthew 23 Jesus pronounces several "woes" (curses) against the Pharisees and religious elite for their hypocrisy. Two of my favorites are found in verses 24 and 27. In verse 23, He uses the analogy, "You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel (NIV)." Common men and women would have found this funny at the time. Along rivers and other water sources, people would gather with their beasts of burden to collect drinking water, wash clothes and utensils, and bathe. While standing in water, camels would relieve themselves and anyone downstream collecting drinking water would have ingested their urine and waste but removed any insect swimming in the water. In other words, the people would remove something which wouldn't have hurt them if they drank it (the lesser evil) but leave in the material that would have made them sick (the greater evil).

         The meaning of the analogy in verse 27 about hypocrisy was similar, however, Jesus explains exactly what He means in verse 28: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. In the same way, on the outside you appear to be righteous, but on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness (NIV)."

         Hypocrisy is NOT funny, though. It is spiritually distasteful and deadly. Let us strive to be genuine in our faith and interaction with others like Christ.

    Something to think about.

    Jeff

     


  • Service Opportunities

    One of the great things I've noticed in the short time I've been here is the way everyone takes care of one another. If there is a need or an improvement to be made, people in our family step up to take care of them. This is how the Lord intended His church to behave -- every member serving as a minister in her or his own right using the gifts and talents with which we've blessed. This was the point Jesus made to His disciples in John 13 when He washed their feet while they bickered about who would be greatest in the Kingdom (a disciple was expected to wash his rabbi's feet, not vice versa). If we love Christ, we will serve each other and the people in our community like He did. Each of us serves in our own way and there is no "unimportant" ministry. Like Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 12:14-20, the hand is not greater than the foot, nor the eye greater than the ear. Each part of the body performs its own function to make a body whole. 

    There is a 20/80 generalization that states 20% of the people in a church do 80% of the work (that is not the case with us, thankfully). Sometimes, though, there are members in the 80% who would like to serve, but aren't sure what they can do, where their talents lie, or they simply have not been asked where they would like to contribute. Our goal as Christians is to glorify God and grow His Kingdom.

    With this in mind, we would like everyone to have the opportunity to minister here who is willing. If you're looking for a way to serve, here are just a few of the things we are currently looking for help with:

    • Working on the bulletin board and road sign
    • Developing and maintaining the church website
    • Working on community outreach projects
    • Greeting visitors at the door on Sunday mornings
    • Designing a church logo
    • Putting Bible verse labels on the walls
    • Visiting with and singing to the elderly at senior centers

     

    ​​​​​​​If you have any interest in serving in one of these areas, please let me know. If you think there are other things we could be doing to glory God, serve the community, or build up one another, speak to one of the elders or me.

    God bless,

    Jeff 

     


  • Welcome to Our New Website!

    Welcome to the new Keystone Heights Church website!  We are working to make our website more informative, interactive & less static in nature. We'll add a calendar page, blog & a place to share our purpose, vision & goals. We'll also upload our weekly bulletins, sermons & other recordings, ministries, and photo galleries. The site will also be used to help improve communications, especially regarding outreach efforts. Please give us your feedback on what we can add or improve on!

    In Him, Jeff