From Our Pastor

September, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

Dear Friends in Christ,

You may be surprised at what was the most important “take away” from our Leadership Retreat with Joan Gray. It is not anything new but is as old as when God made creation. It is profound yet we tend to take it for granted even at home and in the church. It is the one regret that so many have at the end of their life and wish that they had paid more attention to its importance. It is simply that relationships matter; with God, one another and the world!

At the center of this early Christian symbol of the church being a “sailboat” is the relationship of God in Jesus Christ with us. From the beginning to the end, the Bible is all about God creating, wanting and calling to be in relationship with us. We see this at the heart of the Gospel in John 3:16, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son….”

In this month of Rally Day, getting back to two worship services on Sunday, and the start up of choirs and youth fellowships, may we be reminded that in the midst of all that happens here at JIPC – what matters the most are the relationships!

In the Love of Christ,


Dr. Laurey Murphy