Hopefully, you remember the day Rev. Mary McKee was with us to talk about “The Jethro Tree” and how we can use a representation of that tree to help us see and understand how the various gifts and skills our members and friends possess fit together to make Pineda the wonderful congregation we all know and love.
A number of our people spent numerous hours putting together our Jethro Tree which is a visual representation of the boards, committees, teams, activities and groups that make up our congregation. Many, many thanks to those who helped with this challenging project.
Now it is time for us to take the next step. On Sunday, January 21st, we will be holding a special worship service built upon the story of Jethro and his son-in-law, Moses. Please read the 18th chapter of Exodus in advance. The story you read there is about the day Jethro helped Moses see and understand that he could not possibly do everything by himself.
I think we all know that no one person can do everything. And the reality is that no one person possesses all the gifts and skills necessary to bring life to a congregation. What an interesting lesson to learn.
Here at Pineda, our Session members, Deacons, Stephen Ministers, Pineda Presbyterian Women, committees, teams and pastors do many different things. But, no one does it all.
Our Jethro Tree is intended to help you see there is some place in the life of Pineda where you can place a leaf on a life-giving branch, and be a part of our ministry. The tree will show you the many opportunities there are to help and serve as we share the gifts and skills God has given us.
So, on Sunday, January 21st, near the end of our worship service, EVERYONE will be given the opportunity to take a leaf (or two or three) put their name upon the leaf (or two or three) and attach their leaf (or leaves) to the tree where they see themselves connecting to the life of our congregation. We are hopeful that we will see a Jethro Tree filled with leaves, showing us how God provides for the needs of our congregation through the gifts and skills He has given us.
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither -- whatever they do prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)

Pastor David Lindemer