Dear Members and Friends of the Riverview Baptist Church,
As I sit at my desk and gaze out the window I almost have to force myself to believe that Easter is almost here. But as I look outside I can see the robins in the yard and the tulips and other flowers are bursting through the ground. I have to admit that spring and Easter are indeed upon us. It just doesn't seem that Christmas was that long ago. Time speeding by so quickly, I pray that God will help each of us to take those special moments every day to marvel at the splendor of God's creation and the blessings He bestows on each of us. Our God truly is Jehovah Jireh: the provider. Jehovah Jireh also has another meaning: "God is showing us." In other words, our Lord will reveal to us everything we need to obey Him. He will see to it that we are provided with all the power, strength and resolve to do whatever He commands. We really do have a good God.
At the February trustee meeting, it was determined that the Easter offering should, like the Christmas offering, go toward the repair or replacement of the ramp on the south side of the church. If you were to go down underneath the ramp you would see the condition the structure is in. The large pipes that hold the ramp up are rusted completely through in one or two places, and it is difficult to tell how badly rusted the attachments to the wall may be. I would pray that there might be some means of repairing the ramp, but we will have to wait for an engineer to evaluate the possibility.
At this time, we do not have any estimated costs for this project since we have not had an engineering firm evaluate the project nor the options we may have. It is hoped that we can get that step underway now that the weather is improving. Either way, repair or replacement, this project will no doubt be costly, but it has to be done.
Patty and I have been here at Riverview Baptist Church for over ten years, and in those ten years we have yet to see this church begin a building or renovation project that it has not completed and paid for in a timely fashion. As a matter of fact, we can praise God that we have paid for the project first and then completed the work. This is an amazing statement when you consider the scope of some of the projects and the size of our congregation. It is also amazing the number of people who live outside our area that have a love for the Riverview Baptist Church, and also contribute toward these major projects. Jehovah Jireh is at work in the hearts of His children.
We would ask you to pray and ask God what He would have you do in contributing toward this major project. I would also like to thank you in advance for your gift. May God continue to richly bless you and your families.
Your servant in Christ, Pastor Moses
P.S. May you and yours have a very happy and blessed Easter.