As we prepare to enter a brand-new year of life, Sister Stewart and I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church for “sharing all good things” with us in your prayers, love, friendship, encouragement, support, Christmas gifts, cards, well wishes and generous love offerings (Galatians 6:6).  On Christmas day, we sat at our dining room table, thanking God for how generous, caring and loving you have been to us in 2017. You have modeled the grace and love of God towards each member of our family.

Over the last few days, I have been able to reflect over the past year and I am amazed at how much God has blessed us, as a church, to accomplish.

In 2017, by the grace of God, below are just some of the things we have been able to accomplish as pastor and people:

  • Baptisms and Baby dedications; Home, nursing home and hospital visits; Home dedications
  •  Pastoral pre-marital counseling/Weddings; Counseling for Bereavements/Funerals
  • Participation in community outreach and tutoring services
  • Participation in going back to school rallies; Domestic Violence initiatives
  • Health awareness initiatives; NA/AA strategic partnerships; Increased security presence
  • Fellowship with sister churches and United Missionary Baptist Association – Ordination Supervisor
  • Community basketball league; Ongoing Minister Training; Installation of electronic church signage
  • Assisted families in need; Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway (more than 50 families); Room in the Inn outreach; Toys for Tots; Soup for our Neighbors; Community & Church cookout
  • Inclusion of Pastor’s Bible Study Classes; Added Christian Education Courses
  • Improved internal processes for governing the church
  • Improved ministry infrastructure and strategic operations through assigning Ministry Administrators to each ministry
  • Many ministry opportunities during the year for all

Some of our goals for 2018 include:

  • Expand parking lot; Launch new church website; Christian Education community conference
  • Launch Evangelism, Mentoring, Greeters and Parking Lot Ministries
  • Increase stewardship awareness for church attendance and giving to adequately support ministry goals
  • Recondition exterior of Education Building; Add exterior church and directional signage
  • Add Minister of Music and Executive Church Secretary; Increase church security measures
  • Enhance church policy and procedures to ensure operational compliance in every department and ministry

I am most grateful to you for the trust and confidence that you place in me as your pastor. I do not take it lightly or for granted and it is my great privilege to serve you. On behalf of the Stewart family, I wish you God’s peace and abundant blessings in the New Year.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pastor Major Stewart

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Sunday, December 31, 2017