Pastor’s Letter 4-1-23

Spring is a great time of the year.  It represents hope and new beginnings, and that is where the word Easter is derived from.  

Personally, I think that Easter is one of the greatest days that we celebrate.  

There is something special about Christmas, our Savior came to the earth, wrapped in flesh, and took on the form of a human.  I’m not taking away from the birth of Jesus, but everyone is born.

There is something special about the cross, I’m not taking away from why Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, but everyone dies.  

But, there is something extraordinary or supernatural about Jesus conquering death, hell, and the grave.  There has only been one man who was dead for three days and rose again from the grave.  There is only one who has done that and His name is Jesus. 

Romans 8:11 says; “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also bring to life your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.”  We live because He lives!  

I’m thankful for Christmas.  I’m thankful for Good Friday.  But, I’m so very thankful for Easter.  I’m thankful that He is alive forevermore.  That’s the real meaning of Easter!  

Pastor Hatter



“March On!” Pastor’s Note 3/1/23

March on!

We are beginning the month that, to me, means action.  March is more than a name of a month on the calendar, it is a command.  To march means to walk in a stately, deliberate manner.

To march forth does not imply charging, or pushing through haphazardly. If anything, it implies a slow methodical step in the right direction toward some particular goal, often one that may frighten us. It implies a careful step with discernment as we progress.

To march forth means to establish intent, to engage willpower and hopefulness, often enough to take just one step.  This self-command might be needed at a time when we feel stuck, when we need to keep plugging away.  This is often a psychological and personal spiritual command.

In Joshua 6:3, God gives Joshua and the army a command to march around the walls of Jericho one time for six days, and then seven times on the seventh day. It was to be done with complete focus, without distractions.

I was in the marching band in high school and we were not allowed to march with our heads down or in a slouched position.  We were required to march with our backs straight, our heads up, and our shoulders back.  If we played a wrong note, we kept marching.  If we messed up, we kept marching.  It didn’t matter what happened, we kept on marching. 

It doesn’t matter what happens in this life, we just need to keep marching.

Pastor Hatter


Pastor’s Note 2-2-23

February, a month that has a day named after a groundhog, is also known for the month that celebrates love, Valentine’s Day. 

As you may or may not be aware, Valentine of Rome was a priest and a physician.  He was martyred on February 14th, 269, thus giving us the date of Valentine’s Day, named after Saint Valentine. 

According to historians, a love letter from Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston, dating back to February 1477, is the oldest Valentine’s Day letter, thus giving us the Valentine’s Day tradition of a love note.

This Valentine’s Day tradition is one of showing love to that special someone in your life of whom you love dearly.  

When Jesus told the audience to love their neighbors as themselves, they asked Jesus the question, “who is my neighbor?”  Jesus responded with the parable of the Good Samaritan.  According to Luke 10:25-37, a man was stripped of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest and a Levite saw him and passed by on the other side.  A Samaritan saw him and had compassion on him, bound up his wounds and took him to an inn to restore him back to health.  

The question Jesus asked was, “who was this man neighbor?”  The answer given was, “the one who showed mercy.”  Jesus instructed them, “go and do likewise.”

The attitude of so many is; do unto others before they do it to you.  But, the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is how we are instructed to live.  The actual quote from the Bible is from Luke 6:31, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Simply put, this phrase means to treat others as you would like to be treated.  If you want to be loved then love others. 

Jesus said in Luke 6:27-28, 35-36, (NLT), “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.”

John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Jn 15:12, This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. 

Love is more than just words in a letter, love is an action.  Love is helping, love is giving, love is going the extra mile.  Love is what we have been instructed to show daily, not just one day of the year!  Show love, show mercy, show compassion, show kindness to people who are hurting because people need to see the love of Jesus through our acts of love.  

Follow the example of God.  For God so loved the world that He gave.


Pastor’s Note 1-1-23

“Happy New Year!”  These three words bring hope and excitement this time of year.   

Happy is what we all want to be.  Happiness is a choice that we can make daily.  We know what the opposite of happy is, it is sad.  The weeping prophet Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations 3:21-23; This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning.  We are happy when we get something new.  New is what we like most.  This new year offers new beginnings, new challenges, new expectations, new experiences and new opportunities.  The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17; Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The old year is behind us and the new year lies ahead of us.  The next 365 can bring something new into our lives.  We need a new touch.  We need a new and fresh anointing.  God wants to do something new for you.  I pray we walk in the newness of life in Jesus Christ every day.  So instead of “Happy New Year” how about “Happy New Day!”  Everyday can be happy in the Lord. 

May God bless you in the new year 2023!

Pastor Hatter


Pastor’s Note 12-1-22

As we quickly close out the month of giving thanks and enter the season of giving, we begin the hustle of purchasing things to give.  We go seeking to find that perfect gift.

While we prepare for the time of exchanging gifts with our family and friends, we hand out gifts from a store that will fade into obscurity.  Those gifts that once shone with splendor, will one day cease to shine.  There are some gifts that will find their way to the local trash pile or the local Goodwill store.  We give gifts that will soon have no meaning or purpose and that was never our intent, but time has a way of doing that to things. 

James 1:17 (ISV) says; “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father who made the heavenly lights…….”

The gift of the Holy Ghost offers several timeless gifts that have been freely given to mankind from the Creator of all things.  This one gift brings so much to our lives like love, joy, peace, healing, grace, mercy, forgiveness, freedom and faith.  All of these gifts didn’t come from a store, nicely wrapped in box, but these priceless gifts have been bestowed upon us from God above.

The God of all creation, wrapped himself in flesh and dwelt among us.  He came to a stable in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes.  He gave the greatest gift of all, “Himself.”  He is the perfect gift.

Pastor Hatter