SONLIGHT Assembly of God - Weston Ohio

Pastor's Reflections

Each week, SONLIGHT is privileged to be loved and shepherded by a loving and caring pastor. Below is Pastor Chris Boggs' Blog. Look to his speaking each week to uplift and inspire you

Apr. 11, 2012

Amanda's Funeral

Dear Church,

Here are the arrangements for Amanda Grose’s funeral:

Viewing: This Friday 1-4pm and 6-8pm at Smith-Crates Funeral Home in North Baltimore.

Funeral: Saturday at 11am at Smith-Crates. Interment at New Maplewood Cemetery with a meal following at The Eagles.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

Pastor Chris

Apr. 10, 2012

News

Dear Church,

Sadly, I must report that Amanda Grose passed away yesterday. She was the niece of Tom & Cindy Kline and Tim & Pattie Leader. Please keep the entire family in your prayers, especially her parents Kevin & Becky. I will be preaching her funeral and there will be many young people there so pray that God will give me the right words to say. At this time I do not know when the funeral will be held but I will let you know when I can.

Ed Fletcher had hip replacement surgery and came through very well. I spoke with Sharon today and she believes he will be able to come home on Thursday. Keep him in prayer as he recovers at Wood County Hospital.

I’m really excited and nervous about the banquet this Friday. I just sold 5 more tickets today! This calls for a new shirt and tie for the occasion! It will be fun seeing folks all spruced up!

See you Friday!

Pastor Boggs

Apr. 4, 2012

Spring Banquet

Dear Church,

Looks like Ray and Nancy Wright will be joining us at the banquet. The list continues to grow and I get more excited each time someone calls to order tickets. We have some great things lined up for the silent auction and some really nice door prizes as well. It’s all coming together! Fast!

That means we need to know how many meals to prepare. If you are in the process of selling tickets, we need your information by next week. There will be tickets sold at the door but for the most part we are depending on advance sales for our head count. The sooner you report your ticket sales to Dee, the better. You can call her at 419-353-3401.

Please keep this event in your prayers. It’s about a lot more than just raising building funds. This is our church and its mission in the public spot light! We want this to go smoothly and with excellence.

And don’t forget: this Sunday is Easter! Invite people to church to hear about the power of the Resurrection!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastor Chris

  

Mar. 29, 2012

Spring Fund Raiser

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that April is upon us and what a beautiful Spring it has been! As tables continue to fill up for the dinner we will host at Nazareth Hall, I want to remind those of you who have been thinking about coming to pick up the phone and reserve your place (419-669-2401). Chef Dave is preparing a delicious meal of brushcetta chicken, Canadian red-crusted potatoes, grilled asparagus, a deluxe tossed salad, and several varieties of cheese cake. Our daughter, Christy, has pulled together some of her favorite musicians from BGSU and will provide contemporary praise & worship music. Carol Clay, from Dayton, Ohio, will add to the evening with her classic piano. The silent auction is already stocked with an array of items just waiting to be bid on by our many friends. This promises to be an evening to remember so why not be a part of it?

Activities begin at 6pm on Friday the 13th of April at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio. If you plan on spending the night in the area, Grand Rapids has several nice B&B’s. Nearby Bowling Green has a good assortment of motels as well. All proceeds from this event go toward our Debt-Free building! You might even stop by and take a look at our progress while you’re in the area. Our new building is located on the corners of St. Rt. 235 and Sand Ridge Road.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Pastor Chris Boggs

Mar. 21, 2012

New Spring Arrival

Dear Church,

Owen Boggs was born yesterday on the first day of Spring! He wasn’t due for 3 weeks but he’s here and weighed in at 6 lbs 9 oz. Big brother Eli will meet him today! Glenda is in Dayton doing grandma duties while I hold the fort. I’ll be teaching her lesson at TeamKID tonight so it should be interesting!

Ticket sales continue to come in for the Spring Banquet at Nazareth Hall but we really need to sell a lot more. We can seat 250 people in Cadet Hall and right now we’re only about half-way there. If you plan to sell tickets to someone, do it now and let us know. It’s going to be a beautiful evening and the more tickets we sell the more we make. But more than that, this is a wonderful opportunity to present what we are doing to the community at large. We have government officials coming as well as community leaders and teachers. Several pastors from the NW area plan to attend as do friends from the foster care community. We are even inviting media people! This is definitely an event worth attending.

I’ve been feeling a little different nudge from the Lord about this Sunday’s message so we will be shifting gears and speaking on God’s provisions. I hope you’ll join us for a special time of worship and fellowship with the Lord this Sunday!

See You In Church!

Pastor Chris

Mar. 13, 2012

Terri Smythia's father

Dear Church,

Many of you may have heard by now of the passing of Terri’s dad, Don Miller, on Sunday, March 11. The viewing will be this Friday at 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p. m., Friday, at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville, OH. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a. m., Saturday, March 17 at First AG, 1575 E High Street, Lima, OH.

I am planning to go down for the viewing on Friday and if anyone would like to go with me I would be more than happy to have you along. Please let me know ASAP so we can work out our schedule.

Let’s keep Terri’s family in our prayers.

Pastor Chris

Mar. 12, 2012

Another good reason for building debt free! 

Dear Friends,

I hope you will take just a moment to read the attached Reuters story. I’m sure these dear folks never thought they would find themselves in the midst of foreclosure, especially with church properties! This was passed on to me by Kerry Nietz.

Pastor Chris

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/us-usa-housing-churches-idUSBRE82803120120309

Being debt free is a good thing!

www.KerryNietz.com

author of A Star Curiously Singing (The DarkTrench Saga, Book 1)

2011 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award winner

2011 EPIC Awards Finalist in Science Fiction category

2010 INSPY Book Awards Shortlist in Speculative Fiction category

2010 Indie Book Awards Finalist in Science Fiction and Religious Fiction categories

 

Mar. 7, 2012

This Sunday

Dear Church,

This morning the sad news was given about a Special Forces soldier who was home from Iraq with his wife and 2 little girls. Sometime during the night their house became engulfed in flames. He and his wife were able to jump through a window to safety but the little girls remained trapped inside. He went back for them and all three perished in the flames. I couldn’t help but wonder if I would have shown that kind of courage. I’m reminded this morning of One who did. Jesus came for us when we were hopeless and helpless. With flames licking around our feet He plucked us from the fire by offering His life for ours. Oh, what a Savior!

It’s hard to believe that we will finish the Ten Commandments this Sunday. This last one (actually the first one) is most important of all! So remember to set your clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings Time when you go to bed or you just might miss church! And, as I recall, that would be breaking another commandment….

Also remember to bring your pop can banks to service so we can continue to raise funds for the completion of our new building.

On a more sober note, my cell phone broke! I bought a new one and they were able to save all my contacts but my text prayer chain was lost. I no sooner got it in good shape and now I’m starting over again. Please email me or text me if you would like to be on the chain so we can be ready when a prayer cover is needed!

Oh….and keep selling those tickets for the Spring Banquet! I’m getting quite a diverse list of people who will be coming. This is so exciting and remember; we need to sell 250 tickets… so get going! No pressure…..

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastor Chris

Feb. 29, 1012

Firsts

Dear Church,

 Well, we have experienced some significant “firsts” at Sonlight. For the first time in 64 years, we are building a new worship facility. Last month, for the first time in the history of our church, we elected a woman to serve on the official board. And…I’m reasonably sure that last Sunday was the first time a Muslim ever attended one of our services! I’m not sure what Wael thought, especially with women actively participating in the service, but I’m hoping he will join us again.

This week I began combing through my email addresses and making personal phone calls to invite people to our spring banquet. I’m just to “c” and I have 14 commitments already. It occurred to me that this is yet another first for us; a semi-formal, live music banquet with a silent auction. Glenda and I met with the folks at Nazareth Hall yesterday to tack down the details on table colors and menu. Chef Dave Meyer will be serving Deluxe Tossed Salads followed by Bruschetta Chicken, Canadian Crusted Red-skinned Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, and finally, topped off with assorted cheesecakes. Chef Dave’s Bruschetta Chicken is to die for!

Christy & Company will provide contemporary worship music and Carol Clay is coming from Dayton to “tickle the ivory” on the Yamaha baby grand piano that sits in the foyer. You will love the piano offerings of Carol Clay! This promises to be a dress-up affair that will be unforgettable!

As we continue to gather donations for the silent auction, we also need to sell tickets. The cost is $25 per plate; a value with the live music and atmosphere of Nazareth Hall that you won’t find anywhere. If every adult at Sonlight sells at least 6 tickets, we will fill Cadet Hall to capacity. If we sell more tickets, we may have to move to Lady Glenn which seats 350 people. Each ticket sold means a $10-15 profit so….the more the merrier!

Spring is right around the corner and so is the banquet! Get on the phone today and invite everyone you can think of. Use guilt if necessary; they’ll be glad they came and so will you!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastor Chris

Feb. 27, 2012

Wood Chuckers Needed

Dear Church,

It looks as though we will be selling more wood this Saturday. We have 2 full stacks ordered at this point. If you would be willing to help, please let me know. Tom and Andy Kline have worked every Saturday and I’m sure they would appreciate your help. We’ll start at 7am with breakfast at McDonald’s and then on to Mitchell Road for some good old fashioned wood chucking!

Thanks!

Pastor Chris

Feb. 23, 2012

This Sunday

Dear Church,

I just got off the phone with Laura Angel and she is excited about coming this Sunday. She will be leading praise and worship and I can truthfully say that Laura loves to worship her Lord! I’ve known her now for nearly 13 years and she’s never wavered in her faith and commitment. She and DJ have 4 kids now and nothing seems to slow them down in their zeal for the Lord!

Hopefully, you’re beginning to sell tickets for our Spring fund-raiser at Nazareth Hall. If every adult who attends Sonlight will sell 6 tickets, we’ll have Cadet Hall filled. If we make just $10 per plate that’s $2,500 profit. Just think if we each could sell 10 tickets apiece???? Wouldn’t it be cool to have to move to the really big hall that holds 350 people? Just do the math! As you approach people to sell tickets, ask God to go before you. He is a way maker!

Tonight we begin a Bible study for our teens based on the movie, "The Matrix" (remember my message: Choose the Red Pill?) Pray for our teens as we go through this study that God will speak and lives will be changed.

See You In Church!

Pastor Chris

 

Sept. 19, 2011

 Pushing Forward.

Dear Friends,
 We are rejoicing in God’s faithfulness as His people continue to respond to the BIG PUSH.  To date we have raised just over $17,000 in gifts, pledges, and fund-raisers!  It was great watching Joe Schroeder “brick in” the squares on the wall chart that represent funds raised to cover the exterior of our new building.  Let’s believe together that we will even be able to finish the electrical line from the transformer into the building and the sewer line installation out to the street.  This would make it possible to finish-grade all around the building so that Fullmer’s Landscaping from Dayton, OH, can install the beautiful plants that they are donating to the project!   
 
If you would like to put your shoulder to the BIG PUSH why not make a pledge today?  Pledges are due by November 30th so there’s still time to help us get things wrapped up before winter weather sets in.  As you can see in the attached photo, we need to put the metal siding on and install gutters and down-spouts.  Then we can begin focusing on the electrical rough-in as well as the completion of the plumbing and duct work.   
 
Folks in the area have commented on the changes made to our signs on the corner of the new property.  They now read, “Thank you for your patience; we’re building debt-free.”  Isn’t it wonderful banking with God?  And you also may have noticed our name change: Sonlight Church & Community Center.  A pastor friend of mine wrote about our building in the NW Area Newsletter:  “It’s a community center where a church meets.”  I like that thought.  It’s not just about us but about the community God has called us to serve.  I can’t wait until we are hosting community events that bring people into our building!  Who knows?  They may even bump into God while they’re in there! 
 
Have a blessed day! 
Pastor Chris Boggs

Sept. 14, 2011

The Big Push

Dear Friends,

What a wonderful service we had last Sunday as we remembered 911 and honored our Servicemen, Firemen, and EMT’s. We also chose this special date to launch THE BIG PUSH. Our goal was to raise $25,000 in cash and pledges by the end of November so that we could finish the exterior of our new building before winter. As of this letter, we have raised $12,913.02!!! We give God the praise for this blessing and are believing that all that we need will be supplied. What a pleasure it was for me to call the builder today and tell him to proceed with siding and gutters! The EFIS (stucco) on the canopies was completed last week and looks amazing with its dark brown finish. The metal siding will be a taupe color that will bring together all the colors selected by the décor team.

You may have noticed changes on our sign at the new location. It now reads "Sonlight Church and Community Center" but I especially like the banner across the top that was recommended by the steering committee: "Please be patient; we’re building debt-free". Already someone has called and wants to join our church based on our commitment to debt-free construction! It’s time for the church to set an example for the community and hopefully even Washington will eventually get the message!

Let me close by asking you to pray for Scott Fletcher. Yesterday while mowing his yard the mower exploded and caught fire and Scott received burns on 27% of his body. He was life-flighted to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo. I spent a great deal of time in the burn unit at the Philippine General Hospital when I was a missionary. I can tell you that there is probably nothing more painful and slow to heal then burns. Scott, his wife Nancy, and his parents, Ed and Sharon Fletcher all stand in need of prayer this morning.

Thanks to all of you for your faithfulness to this ministry!

Pastor Chris Boggs

Sept. 6, 2011

Dear Church,

There’s so much happening this week!

1. Tonight at 6 join us for prayer in preparation for the BIG PUSH on Sunday.

2. TeamKID kicks off on Wednesday at 6:30 with food and the Veggie Tale Movie: Princess and the Pop Star.

· We still need regular and king-size candy bars and small gifts for the treasure chest. You can find most of these items at the Dollar Store.

· There will be no CSI this Wednesday due to the kick-off.

3. This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 911 and also begins the BIG PUSH.

· Send me your story: where were you when the towers were attacked? We will share stories during morning worship.

· I want to recognized all our first responders in the service. That includes all former military, police, fire fighters and the like.

· If you are a first responder or ex-military, please take a moment to tell me where and when and for how long so we can share with the church family.

· A special offering and pledges will be received during the service. Pledges are due by the end of November, 2011. Several people outside the Sonlight family have already sent checks or made pledges but we’ve a long way to go toward our goal of $25,000 so please pray about what you can do.

4. Speaking of the BIG PUSH, the EFIS (Stucco) begins next week. This is the finish that goes onto the columns and canopies.

· The work crew will be staying in my home for a week.

· We need volunteers to help feed the men. If you would like to prepare a dish or dessert please let Glenda know.

With school and sports activities back on our calendars, it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Spending time in prayer, reading God’s Word, and attending corporate worship is absolutely necessary to keep us focused. Take time this evening and pray with us for the needs of our family and the Phase One building program and then watch as God meets the needs of each and every one of us! He has promised to be faithful if we will do our best to be faithful!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastor Boggs

Aug. 26, 2011

The Big Push

Dear Friends,

On September 11, we will launch The BIG Push, where we will attempt to raise $25,000 to complete the exterior of our new building. We are committed to completing Phase One without debt and we really need your help. If you would like to make a donation or make a pledge that is due by November 30th, send your gift to Sonlight Church & Community Center, P.O. Box 342, Weston, OH 43569. You can also visit us at
www.sonlightag.com and make donations on-line.

These funds will help us to apply stucco to the canopies, metal siding to the remainder of the building, install soffits, and install rain gutters. Step by step the dream is becoming a reality and we give God all the glory!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Pastors Chris & Glenda Boggs

Aug. 16, 2011

Pastor Hinton

Dear Church,

I was saddened yesterday to learn the Brother Paul Hinton, who pastored Sonlight for 10 ½ years, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Some of you may remember that Bro. Hinton spoke at Sonlight on several occasions. He was certainly beloved by members of this congregation and I’m so glad that I got a chance to know him. He will have a military funeral in Holt, FL, this Thursday at 10 AM. The family has requested no flowers since they are not permitted in this type of funeral. If you would like to send a financial gift to help Mary with expenses at this difficult time you may send them directly or through the church.

Paul and Mary’s address:

Rev. Paul Hinton

P.O. Box 907

Crestview, FL 32536

Phone: 850-689-0209

Please keep Mary and her family in your prayers.

Pastor Chris

Aug. 16. 2011

New Building Fund Raiser

Dear Friends,

If you frequent Bowling Green or the Toledo area take just a minute to read this! Sonlight is participating in the sale of Save Around’s dining-entertainment coupon books. Now before your eyes glaze over let me give you a few examples of the coupons available: There are 8 free pizza deals from Papa John’s, 12 free items from Burger King, 12 free menu items from Marcos Pizza, 12 free menu items from Vito’s Pizza, 12 free items from Rally’s, 4-$8 off coupons for Max and Erma’s, and 4-$5 coupons for Spaghetti Warehouse. There are buy-one-get-one-free greens fees for golf, free bowling, and the list goes on and on. There are buy-one-get-one-free tickets to the Cleveland Indians, discounts for stores and retail shops, and even your next rental car! The books cost $20 and Sonlight earns $8 for each one sold. You can even sell for us and earn a free book for every 5 books you sell. This books make a great gift for any occasion.

We really need your help. We want to have the exterior of our new building completed before cold weather sets in. We need to raise over $30,000 to accomplish the goal and this is just one more way of raising funds as we continue to build debt-free. Here’s how you can help. Send $20 for each book you wish to purchase to Sonlight Church at P.O. Box 342, Weston, OH 43569 and we will order your coupon book and deliver it to you. You help us and you help yourself to some great deals in Bowling Green and Toledo! All coupons are good for one year at least.

Thanks so much for helping us build the Kingdom!

Pastors Chris & Glenda Boggs

Aug. 1, 2011

Progress

Ah, where to begin???

What a wonderful, well-attended service we had yesterday! Such a sweet and humble spirit as Jeremy Helberg shared his testimony of a transformed life from drug addiction to "Jesus addiction" through the ministry of Teen Challenge. And then there were the offerings…… After such generosity the night before at the Abraham & Sarah Steak Dinner & Auction, we did something so uncommon: We received two special offerings; one for Jeremy Helberg and one for Ben and Jacki King. The response was great and now we are all broke… but it’s a really good kind of broke! My heartfelt thanks to all of you who gave even beyond your ability. Let’s continue to lift these wonder people to the Lord in prayer for strength and direction for the future.

I’m really excited to attach some pictures of the concrete work that is being started today. They will pour tomorrow morning early. The really cool thing is that the young man who is running the job is a believer and a fan of Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University. He is 38 and steaming toward being totally debt free! It is so interesting to me that I have run into several young men who have decided to buck the trend of living in debt. I see some hopeful signs of this new philosophy in Washington as well and I hope it spreads across America like wild-fire! With God’s help, we will join the crowd and build our new facility debt free. That’s why I can’t wait to sit down with our new steering committee and map out directions for the completion of Phase One!

That being said, I can’t say "thanks" enough to you who have faithfully supported the church and the building fund. We have cut over $350 weekly in operations expenses in an effort to budget responsibly two building locations, their separate utility bills, and insurance. This would be a great time to support the general fund or the building fund if you’ve not already made a commitment. For those of you who do not attend Sonlight we feel it is important that you support your home church first. After that, if you would like to help us, we’d be thrilled!

One more thing. Would you please continue to lift both Glenda and me in prayer? We will be taking on additional ministry responsibilities which means more things to add to already busy schedules. We really need God’s help as we re-evaluate priorities moving into our 13th year of service here at Sonlight. God has been so faithful and He will complete what he has started in us! The best is yet to come!

We visit Mayberry in this Sunday’s message so don’t miss it!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastors Chris & Glenda

July 26, 2011

Important Up-dates

Dear Church,

Several have asked about the start time for the auction now that we have moved it back to the church. We will still plan to start at 5 PM since most people are expecting to come then. Rex has ordered the steaks and I can’t wait to sit down at the table….yum!

This Sunday we will take a special offering for Ben & Jacki for the baby eho is coming. The youth will meet at my house after service for a cook-out and swimming at the pool next door.

Also, Jeremy Helberg will be with us in service next week to share his testimony. We will not be taking a special offering for him but If you would like to help with Jeremy’s travel expenses, you may give funds to Jeff or Jenny Helberg since they manage his accounts. Let’s keep Jeremy in prayer; I’m sure he will be a bit nervous but very excited to share all that God has been doing in his life.

See you in Church!

Pastor Chris

July 25, 2011

Annual Steak Fry Auction & News From Laos

Dear Church,

This morning Glenda and I had breakfast with Delana Ball, our missionary to Laos. She will be returning in 2 weeks and wanted to squeeze in a last-minute meeting with us and share some marvelous things that have been happening. They have just learned that one of the young men they led to Christ has in turn led 200 others to the Lord! Sadly, in another area a church of 30 was raided and 4 of the women were beaten, raped, and killed in the presence of the remaining 26 believers. Those 26 believers are now missing as well and no one knows what has happened to them. In another village Delana was able to get a young man who had been critically injured 2 years ago to an orthopedic surgeon who repaired his broken legs and restored his ability to walk. He has read through the entire New Testament and has become a vibrant Christian. It is amazing the stories of conflict mixed with accounts of the miraculous but this is the life of the missionary who attempts to push back the darkness. Please pray for Delana’s safety as she returns to a deeply persecuted country that so desperately needs the message of God’s love.

Looking ahead at the heat and humidity forecasted and the delay in getting the concrete poured at the new building, we have decided to hold the Steak Dinner and Auction here at our present building. Thanks to all of you who met me on the site and were so willing to help. If you plan on attending the auction and you have not signed up, you need to let Jim Nicholson know by this Wednesday so that adequate food can be supplied. We are looking forward to a delicious meal and a great time of fellowship so bring your auction items, food to go along with steak, potatoes, and salad, and your checkbook!

If you would be willing to serve on the steering committee that will guide Phase One to completion, please let me know. It’s time to shift gears and move forward and we really need your input!

Have a Blessed Day and keep cool!

Pastor Boggs

July 19, 2011

Prayer

Dear Church,

Marlene Nicholson came through her procedure just fine but we need to really pray that the large kidney stone the doctor blasted will break up and pass through her system. Her pain is manageable right now and she will be off her feet for a while so lift her to the Lord for a complete recovery.

Danielle Boulis, the 14 year old daughter of Pastor Kevin Boulis, passed away yesterday evening. Her long battle with brain cancer is over and this morning she sits at the feet of Jesus. Please keep Kevin and Melanie and their son in prayer as they deal with such a tragic loss.

And pray for good weather tomorrow. Concrete is scheduled for the areas under the canopies of the new building. Also, the windows SHOULD be completed tomorrow as well.

Prayer is tonight at 6 followed by a board meeting at 7.

Blessings!

Pastor Chris

July 18, 2011

The Annual abraham & Sarah Steak Dinner & Auction

Dear Church,

I hope everyone has marked their calendars for the Auction this year but you need to note some very important changes:

Auction Date: July 30th

NEW TIME: 5 PM

NEW LOCATION: OUR NEW BUILDING LOCATED AT 235 & SANDRIDGE RD.

Last week I met with several of our people at the site and here is what you can expect on the day of the auction:

1. Concrete pads will be poured at both canopies. You will be able to drive right up to the front door!

2. Valet parking will be offered. You pull in, we park your car. No walking over uneven ground and NO STEPS!

3. Ladies will have their own Porta-Potty!

4. There will be a water station for washing hands.

5. There will be a large fan to circulate air and keep us cool.

6. Restricted areas will be taped off for safety.

7. There will be a PA system set up so that we can hear the auctioneer.

Now here’s what you need to do:

1. Bring items to auction. Nice things, fun things, any and all things! Wrapped or not.

2. Bring a dish to share. We will provide steak, potato, and salad.

3. Bring your check book and a generous spirit! This is a fund-raiser for a good cause!

4. Bring a friend!

5. There will lots of room for folding chairs and for kids too! Give them some money and let them bid!

If it rains and is too muddy at the new building, we will hold the auction at the church. Pray for GREAT weather!

Help us make this our best auction ever!

Pastor Boggs

7-11-11

Dear Church,

Wow! What a perfect day yesterday for a baptismal service. So many friends and family gathered with us at the Gonyer’s home to baptize 2 adults, 3 teens, and 5 of our younger church kids! It was a special and deeply significant time, not only in the lives of the baptismal candidates but in our church as well. It was a warm day but there was a nice breeze and plenty of delicious food! Thanks to all who came and to all who prepared food. Special thanks to John and Lori Gonyer for the use of their home; it was perfect! The surprise of the day was when Cindy Goris decided at the last minute to be baptized. She said she knew it was going to be a special day when she came to church! She’s making plans now to attend the Abraham & Sarah Annual Steak Dinner that will be held on July 30 at 6 PM. I hope that’s on your calendar as well! The steak, potato, and salad will be free. You just bring a dish to share and items to auction and plenty of money to spend!

Several folks commented on my son Derek’s comments about "a place" for us. That thought has been bouncing around in my head ever since! God is preparing a place for us in eternity but also in the present! By faith we’ll finish our new building and it will become a place for the people of God! I can’t wait to see it all come to pass!

Prayer is key to seeing the promises of God fulfilled. If you have an hour to spare, join us Tuesday evening at 6 PM. There’s much to pray about!

And finally…thank you Lord for the rain! Our fields were desperate and I know every farmer is grateful! Oh, for the latter rain promised in the Bible; an outpouring of the Spirit upon the people of God! It’s what makes us grow strong in Him!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastors Chris & Glenda

7/5/11

Dear Church,

What a great 4th of July weekend! The weather was perfect as we met for a tail-gate party in BGSU’s parking lot. Then on Saturday we headed to Dayton for a family reunion. All of my kids and grandkids were there and Derek and Jessica have come home with us for a whole week. That’s a lot of grandkid time and I plan to use every minute!

Our service this Sunday is really special in that it will be directed to our 8 baptismal candidates who have made the decision to follow Jesus. I strongly encourage you to invite extended family to this special event. Each candidate will be recognized in the service and at 11:00 we will relocate to the Gonyer’s house on Weston Road where the service will conclude in their pool. Derek will be helping with the music and I believe God is already giving me a special Word for the church and all who attend.

We will picnic at the Gonyer’s after the service. The church will provide meat and buns, Lori and John will provide condiments and drinks, and you can bring a dish or two to share. There will be swimming and corn hole and lots of fellowship!

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Annual Abraham & Sarah Steak Dinner to be held on July 30 at 6 PM. The meal is free but you need to bring something to auction and plenty of money to spend! It’s all for a good cause!

Continue to pray for Alice Akers who fell last week and broke her hip. Surgery went well but she’s still in Wood County Hospital waiting to be discharged.

Peggy Todd is also back in Wood Haven for therapy. Please keep her in prayer as well that she will regain her strength and mobility.

See You this Sunday in Church!

Pastor Chris

6/23/11

 

Dear Church,

Just a reminder that we will all meet at the Weston Church of Christ this Sunday at 10 AM for the Weston Days Community Service. Don’t forget to bring two food dishes to share after the morning worship.

I’ll be teaching a baptismal class this Sunday evening at 6 PM for those who plan to be baptized on July 10th. There are 9 candidates so far but there’s always room for more! If you have failed to follow the Lord in water baptism since you believe, now is the time!

Here’s a simple way to encourage our youth who will be leaving for camp this Monday at 8 AM. Write them a letter of encouragement or fill out a card. If you will get it to me this weekend, I’ll make sure it gets to them during camp. If you can include postage, that will be even better. Only eternity will reveal what your words and prayers can do for these kids, most of whom do not come from Christian homes. Here’s who’s going:

· Rebecca Queen

· DJ Roseman

· Colby Roseman

· Bryce Garber

· Austin Rohleder

· Anna Holland

Have a Blessed Day and see you Sunday at the Weston Church of Christ!

 

June 6, 2011

Dear Church,

What a sweet and precious presence of God around the altar as many came forward for prayer on Sunday! God wants us to be His witnesses and He will give us the power to tell others about Him. That’s all He requires; that we be willing to share the Good News with those who are lost. The Holy Spirit takes over from there and deals with those who are open to change. What if every one of us purposed to win one person to Christ this year? Our attendance would double and the influence of God’s Word would reach out into an ever-widening circle! Let our motto be: "Each One Win One" and watch as God transforms our church and our community!

If you Google "The Debt Free Church" you will find an excellent article by Living Stones Associates called, "Can Your Church Build Debt-Free?"

I read it today and realized it’s by the authors of a book our board read years ago: "When Not to Build". It was in the early days when we were contemplating a new building. We took the authors advice and made changes to our current building. Remember when we took out the pews to make our sanctuary more functional? Then, in 2003, we took out the walls downstairs and created Sonshine Hall to make a much larger area for fellowship. The building program we are in today really started over 10 years ago with many small and well-thought-out steps. Go on line and read the article and it will bring you up-to-speed with the kind of thinking that has guided our church for years! Take a look at People Matter to God: "The Debt Free Church", along with many other interesting articles regarding debt-free living. This is not just a life-style for the church; it’s a lifestyle for all of us!

Remember, we will be meeting after service this Sunday to give you some important information regarding our new building. We’ll be looking at what’s next, financing, and a target date for completion.

I’m so very excited about the 8 baptismal candidates who will be attending class on June 26. There’s plenty of time to join, so if you have not followed the Lord in water baptism, now is the time!

And don’t forget to keep those pizza sales going! June 19 is the dead-line for orders to be turned in!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastor Chris

June 4, 2011

Little Caesars Pizza Sale

Dear Friends,

Everyone loves to eat pizza! You can help us build our new facility by ordering pizza products from us! Place your order by June 19 via email or call Glenda at 419-308-8283 and you can pick them up at Sonlight or we will deliver!

Here’ how: Go to pizzakit.com and click on the green tool bar on "products". On the page that comes up click on "Pizza, Bread, and Specialty Items". We’re selling everything on this page. Choose from the list of delicious products and email your selection back to us. You can pick your order up at the church on 6-30-11 at 7 PM or we can deliver it to you. Each pizza kit sold will add 5 to 7 dollars to our building fund!

Our goal is to sell 100 kits and you can help! And did I mention how cool it is to stock up for unexpected company???

Everyone wants to be cool…

Thanks for helping us!

Pastor Chris

June 2, 2011

Dear Church,

Last night was perfect for the TeamKID finale! Food, games, give-aways, and an old-fashioned water balloon fight was the climax to another year of ministry to the children of Weston. Summer camps are next on the agenda!

This Sunday we will be taking a special offering for Joplin, Missouri. Convoy of Hope will use the funds to help provide much needed supplies to those devastated by the tornado. How would you feel if your home were completely destroyed, your cars crumpled into scrap metal, and everything you owned was scattered for miles? I think we can all agree that giving to help the folks in Joplin is the right thing to do! Please give generously this Sunday to help those who are truly down and out.

If you would like to follow the Lord in water baptism, sign up this Sunday for the baptismal class to be held Sunday evening, June 26. We have 4 candidates and more on the way for the special service to be held on July 10. It’s important that we fulfill all righteousness. Jesus was baptized for our example and we should follow Him.

We really need to sell 100 Little Caesar’s Pizza kits for our building fund. If you’re not selling, then you should be buying or you can do both! Pop these into the freezer for when unexpected company comes or you get a pizza craving! See Jenny Helberg for order forms.

And finally… Please pray for a successful garage sale this Friday and Saturday. All proceeds go toward our new building so we need to sell EVERYTHING! Drop by our house at 1052 Avery Dr. in BG and check out all the neat stuff we have so far!

See YOU this Sunday in Church!

Pastor Chris

May 25, 2011

Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:1- To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…

The passing of some seasons make me sad. Those last warm days of summer; those last vine-ripe tomatoes… We want so much to hang on to those days; to savor every moment before winter’s chill sets in.

A season has ended for two of our Sonlight families. Vicki Scott and her mother, Helen Uhler, have returned to Tontogany Presbyterian Church where their families have attended for many years. We will miss their involvement with TeamKID, pulling snacks together and helping Helen Nietz with crafts. I personally enjoyed Helen Uhler’s amazing stories about growing up Amish! We wish them every happiness as they reconnect with old friends and family members.

Ed and Sharon Fletcher came to Sonlight not long after Glenda and I came to pastor 12 years ago. I can’t begin to list their many contributions to our church but without their help our building program would not even exist. They will be greatly missed as they return to Dayspring Assembly of God. May this next season of their lives be filled with God’s richest blessings.

Even as I write, I feel a change in the air. Our church is about to enter a new season of God’s grace unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. Let’s embrace this new season as we move with the current of God’s power and love into a future filled with promise and purpose!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastors Chris & Glenda

May 23, 2011

Dear Church,

For the 3rd straight week there has been a very special presence of the Holy Spirit in our morning worship service. How refreshing, how awesome! How beautiful to watch the family of God praying for the needs of brothers and sisters! God is on the move at Sonlight! I feel His stirring us up, preparing us for the next step in His divine plan! For some unknown reason He has chosen us to bestow grace and favor upon. I was asking Him this morning for next Sunday’s message and He directed me to the fact that we did not choose Him; He chose us! If you’ve ever felt "picked over" then you want to be here Sunday when I preach about being "Chosen".

One of the big surprises of the morning was that unleavened bread is really good! Thanks to the efforts of Stephanie Ringler, we had the real deal for our communion service. May we never forget the Bread of Life, Jesus, who gave His all for us. He left His place to come to our place. He took our place so that we can go to His place!

Thanks for the great input during the informational meeting at the new building! And a special thanks to our youth who met out there last evening to tidy things up. On Tuesday, Sonlight will host the North West Area Minister’s Meeting and they are excited about touring our new facility. Thanks Jacki and Lori for providing food for our pastors!

Let’s remember in prayer the people of Joplin, MO. It hard to grasp the devastation and loss they have experienced.

Blessings!

Pastors Chris and Glenda

May 19, 2011

Dear Church,

Just a few reminders about this week:

Abraham & Sarah will be meeting at Big Boy restaurant on Poe and Main in BG. Anyone who would like to hang out with us is welcome.

After service on Sunday there will be an informational meeting about our new building. If the weather is nice we will hold this at the site so you can see the progress and ask questions.

We’ll be taking communion this Sunday so prepare your hearts and join us for a time of praise and fellowship.

In the event that Judgment Day takes place on Saturday, all services will be cancelled!

See You in Church!

Pastor Chris

 

May 10, 2011

Dear Church,

Can you believe that it has been 12 years since Glenda and I came to Sonlight? When I think back of all the things God has done for us, it is simply amazing! In a negative world filled with bad news we have more good news than we can tell! That will be my message this Sunday, Lord willing: Good News!

Before the church voted on our coming as pastors there were three "conditions" that we put forth:

1) Shut down our missions program and get healthy financially. Once accomplished, we would re-start our missions.

· Today, we send over $9,000 annually to support missionaries in 8 countries, 3 college campuses, a support ministry for people leaving the gay lifestyle, and the distribution of Bibles all over the world!

· Each month we help support new church plants across the state of Ohio.

· We also support the Heartland Conference and Retreat Center where thousands of kids come for camp each year.

2) Be open to ministry to the next generation: Weston’s children and teens.

· Our TeamKID ministry has continued to grow and influence not only children but adults.

· From our children’s ministry we have "grown" a teen group known as ETC (Empty Tomb Crusaders). They meet faithfully on Sunday nights and also serve our children’s ministry on Wed. nights.

3) Be open to relocation.

· Our new 6,500 sq. ft. facility is not our ultimate goal but it’s a great beginning!

· Not only will we be able to worship there, we will be able to fellowship there and offer activities that are much needed to Weston and surrounding communities.

· Once we establish this "beach head" we will begin planning for Phase II, a beautiful auditorium with offices and classrooms.

God has truly been faithful to us and we move into the future confident that He will finish what He began!

This Sunday I want to teach you a new song, "Mighty to Save", by Hillsong. You can find it on the internet on You Tube or you can come to CSI this Wednesday at 6:45 where we will be learning it as well. It’s a great song full of good news!

I also want to remind you of the Potato Bar we will have this Sunday, right after service. The suggested donation is $5 with all proceeds going toward sending our kids to camp. So show your support for Ben and his youth group. You’ll have fun and change lives at the same time!

Now get out there and invite someone to church!

Pastors Chris and Glenda

May 9, 2011

Dear Church,

What a delightful crowd we had on Sunday! It is amazing what sunshine and warm temperatures can do for us! It seemed like everyone was in a joyous mood and laughter came easily. Hopefully, our visitors weren’t scared away by our "enthusiasm"!!!

If you’ve been watching the giant thermometer in the sanctuary then you noticed that we have exceeded the $200,000 mark! I am amazed at the blessings of God as His people give faithfully and consistently for the new building. We want to especially thank the Abraham & Sarah group and Will & Bev Meyers for making generous donations to the building fund, as well as each one of you who faithfully give each month. Here’s where we are to date:

1) Kendal’s have nearly completed the duct work for the heating and cooling systems. There will be 6 furnaces in the new building!

2) The plumbing rough-in should be completed within the next two weeks.

3) The doors and windows should be completed by the end of this week. Not all of the door and window trim left Tuscaloosa before the tornado flattened our supplier’s building, so the installer is having to pull some of the trim together from other sources.

4) The electricians meet with us this week so that they can begin the electrical rough-in.

I know some of you are concerned about the white TyVek wrap that refuses to stay on the building. We are looking at ways to get the two most visible sides covered in June.

And here’s some exciting news!!!

Fullmer’s Landscaping from Dayton, OH, the company where I worked for years, has volunteered to landscape and mulch the outside of the building! Another reason to try to get the front sides finished soon!

We are living in exciting times! God is moving by His power and lives are being changed!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastor Chris

Apr. 29, 2011

Kate Jordon Concert

Dear Church,

Glenda and I just got back from church where we set up additional chairs and cleared the platform in preparation for the Kate Jordan and Soul Venture Concert that will take place this Sunday at 10 AM. We’ve invited friends and we have bribed them with lunch afterwards! I hope you are calling friends and family to invite them to this exciting event!

To help things go smoothly, would you join me in sitting in the front rows first? That way, our shy visitors don’t have to sit up front. It also allows room for late-comers and parents with little children to sit in the back near bathrooms and nursery access.

We’ll also be surprising Ben and Jackie King with a "pounding". Please keep your items at your seats until we have Ben and Jackie come forward. As you come up to greet them and congratulate them on their new apartment, bring your items with you and place the items beside them.

On a more sobering note, let’s remember the devastated families from Alabama to Tennessee who have suffered great tragedy. We need to lift them to the father in prayer as they begin the long and painful work of rebuilding their lives.

Blessings!

Pastor Chris

 

Apr. 27, 2011

Praise the Lord

Dear Church,

Glenda and I visited Peggy Todd yesterday and it was wonderful! Peggy is so much stronger than she was and she looked beautiful just being in her own home. She still can’t get out much but I know she would be thrilled to have people stop in. Just make sure you call in advance; she needs time to prepare or she may be at the doctor’s office.

Ten of us met for prayer an hour later and I felt a real presence of the Lord especially while praying for Marlene’s grandson with MS. She felt the same thing as she was praying for her daughter, Jeannie. God has promised to be in our midst when we gather together in his name. Last night was so refreshing! Maybe it’s from taking a week off, but I feel so fresh in my spirit and I already know what I’ll be preaching at my next opportunity: The Cross!

Don’t forget the Soul Venture Concert this Sunday. The Jordan’s have asked us to spend time in prayer for a genuine move of God’s Spirit during the service! And don’t forget to invite friends and loved ones to come!

Have a Blessed Day!

Pastor Chris

Apr. 25, 2011

Concert with Kate Jordon and Soul Venture

Dear Friends,

I’ve heard a lot of groups in my time but none better than Kate Jordan and Soul Venture. I’m excited that they will be in concert with us this Sunday at 10 AM and I just wanted to extend a personal invitation to you, your family, and friends. We have cancelled the potluck that was originally planned to follow the concert and that will free us of any distractions so that everyone can enjoy a wonderful time of music and praise to our Lord. There is no cost for this concert but we will receive an offering to help offset expenses. Kate will also have CD’s available after the service so come prepared!

I’m looking forward to seeing you in church this Sunday!

Pastor Chris Boggs

Apr. 22, 2011

Good Friday

And it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit." And having said this, He breathed His last.

Luke 23:44-46

It seems so odd to call this "Good Friday" when the events of that Friday so many years ago were filled with anguish and despair. Three men were sentenced to die that day: two of them were given just sentences; one was sentenced unjustly. Three backs were furrowed by the whip. Two men’s stripes hastened their deaths; the stripes of one man hastened our healing. Three men were driven through the streets, carrying their crosses to the place of crucifixion. Two men cursed and reviled the crowd; one man was silent. Three men hung on crosses on the hill of Golgotha. Two were labeled as common criminals; One was labeled a King. Three men died and were buried that day. Two of them remain in their graves to this day; One of them arose on the 3rd day and conquered death for all of us! That was the day Death died and that is the message I will preach this Sunday at Sonlight Assembly of God. Good Friday reminds us that our salvation was purchased through great pain and suffering. Can we do any less than to gather in His name this Easter Sunday to honor our Risen Lord?

We are looking forward to worshiping our Savior together with you this Sunday!

Pastors Chris & Glenda Boggs

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