2021–The Year of Fellowship

We sat together in our annual meeting, and the congregation had one heart. I asked, “What are some words that describe The Church at Sunsites?” A few members spoke up:

We love God. We love the fellowship. We love the Bible.

To find a local church that truly loves and follows hard after God is like finding diamonds in the sea. Doubtless, there are people in many local churches who love God and pursue Him wholeheartedly. The Church at Sunsites is a rare kind of church in the Sulfur Springs Valley, and beyond. Our elders (pastors) talk often about how God is changing their hearts and minds about things they read in Scripture. The congregation yearns to know more about God (they don’t let me stray from a deep presentation of His word). The members here pray for one another and the community, wanting everyone to come to know Jesus in a sincere way.

The Church at Sunsites yearns for more and more meaningful fellowship–fellowship that builds up rather than tears down. Fellowship is the thing that makes us strong in faith, practice, and evangelism. Fellowship in the church shakes the whole community. Our vision this year is to build up the fellowship of believers here and there.

The Church at Sunsites truly loves the Bible, which is God’s word. From most other pulpits you hear the words crafted by a public speaker centered on a topic. Here, we read the text, discern its meaning, and make application. In the last two years, I had the privilege of preaching through every verse in 1 Samuel in order. We have now started 1 Corinthians. On Wednesday evenings, we walk through Matthew’s Gospel verse-by-verse. We even have a lunch series during which I get to walk through Revelation verse-by-verse. Our goal is to conform to God’s word, not have God’s word conform to us.

Important things to know in 2021:

The church office is now open Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm (unless I’m out visiting or for lunch). Stop in to:

  • Pray
  • Talk
  • Ask questions
  • Look at the church library
  • Study
  • Please feel free to make appointments at any time.

Current opportunities to fellowship and growth:

  • Sunday School- Sundays at 9:30am
  • Main Gathering–Sundays at 11am (livestreamed on Facebook)
  • Lunch Series–Sundays at 12:30ish pm.
  • Women’s Bible Study–Mondays at 9:30am
  • Men’s Systematic Theology–Mondays at 6:00pm
  • Bible Study- Wednesdays at 6:30pm (Join on Zoom).

If you are interested in being a part of the Duffy church-planting team (Douglass), please let us know. If you feel led to plant a church somewhere else, please let us know.

Our deacons now have a benevolence fund to assist the poor and otherwise in need in our church and community. Be sure to contribute regularly by giving your offering or making other special donations.

We look forward to an amazing year. I want to thank my church family and my community for a good 2020. I look forward to an even better 2021. Let’s heal the land–light in the darkness.

Published by Andrew Paul Cannon

Andrew has been in vocational ministry since 2011 after volunteering from his teens. He has served in the lead pastorate since he was 25. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry with an emphasis on Youth Ministry and a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Apologetics. Andrew is currently in pursuit of his Doctorate of Philosophy, where he will specialize in Systematic Theology. Andrew’s wife, Kati, and family serve alongside him.

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