To The Men Of Mount Carmel:
Happy New Year 2014!! This new calendar year continues work started previously.
Whether you are a new Christian, a mature follower, or one returning to the church,
you are needed and necessary for continuing God’s work.
With the current state of worldly affairs (unstable economy, unemployment, difficult
family matters), we men need God now more than ever before.
Instead of withdrawing and trying unsuccessfully to fix our problems, we need to
be more courageous to come together and help one another. This means stepping up
and getting involved (if you are not already), in the building up and maintaining
of God’s Kingdom as well.
Iron, as in our theme scripture, is made strong from the heat that it has been through.
Forged and shaped into who we are by life’s circumstances, we should know that Our
Lord is keeping us from everything we’re going through and know that He’s not yet
finished with the process. However, this should not keep us from edifying one another.
We are on the cutting edge of involvement in doing His Kingdom building. It takes
strong, “iron forged and sharpened” men to do the ministry our church needs. There
are too few of us doing too much of the job. The women cannot and should not do
so much of it alone. Together, we can make our Men’s Ministry even better as we continue
to reach out to our community and to keep each other lifted as well. Iron is strong
for a purpose, and so are you. Your gifts are needed to keep our church going. We
need to stay real to ourselves and encourage each other through tough times, even
as we make our way through God’s forging of our spiritual sharpening and strength.
This year of 2014 is to be my final year of serving you as your Men’s Ministry President.
It has been an honor being your leader over these many years. Brother Vernard Bennett
has agreed to run for president for the 2015 calendar year. I plan to work with
him extensively this year to prepare him to take over as your 2015 President, should
he be nominated.
As I finish out this last year of my service, I thank you all for your prayers, friendship,
Your Men’s Ministry President,
in service to God, Church, and you,
Brother, Douglas Trammel