by Sergio Manente, Pastor of the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church
After serving the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church as Senior Pastor for this first year, I’m so encouraged with how mission-focused and dedicated each leader is, to both nurture each current member and also minister to the community. Developing each member as mission-minded disciples and investing personal energy, time and resources to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and His message to the un-churched in our community has been our focus. Through the past few years the Richland SDA church has forged great relationships with the community through several outreach endeavors ranging from their Community service/Diaper bank ministry to partnering with the local public elementary school tutoring reading for children as risk. We are involved in Habitat for Humanity projects throughout our county, Faith Justice Network and several other volunteer based organizations, constantly partnering and connecting with the needs of the community.
As a way to bridge all of this wonderful work of establishing presence and credibility in our community and helping the un-churched in Richland across the threshold of eternity, we developed a teaching/preaching series on the book of Daniel entitled “When Dreams Come True.” It’s purpose was to introduce the amazing truths of Daniel with a relevant and contemporary application to everyday life in the 21 century. It transitioned into a week long series entitled UNTAMED, as the “Icing on the cake” teaching about our wonderful, unpredictable, irresistible God.
The series was a huge success. We baptized 4 within 2 weeks of the final meeting and several others tricked in through the year. We are looking forward to a celebration Sabbath when we hope to baptize the remaining 9 candidates from ongoing harvest.
I love the everyday evangelism and discipleship that happens at Richland and absolutely look forward to the proclamation evangelism series that harvest all of the hard work each dedicated member has worked towards and prayed for. We are all so blessed and enriched by God’s great mercy to partner with us to usher His soon return.
Until the Nets Are Full!!