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From Taylor

Posted by Taylor Sandlin on with 11 Comments

Dear Church family,

My family and I want to thank you for the box filled with gift cards to area restaurants. I took the box back to San Angelo with me last weekend so the kids and Alyson could see for themselves how generous and kind you are. They were amazed at the number of cards and variety of restaurants represented. We had fun reading your notes and learning about the restaurants here in Sugar Land. We loved that some of you went out of your way to champion a restaurant you enjoy. The passion some of you have for a favorite eatery is impressive! 

Your notes reminded me about the power of an invitation. When someone we know invites us to try something they love, we pay attention. Facebook and other social media sites capitalize on this fact. They know that recommendations from a friend are worth far more than any generic form of advertising. That’s why companies pay big bucks to try to get you to like and recommend their products to your online friends.

The power of an invitation from someone we know works in other areas of our lives, as well. Reaching our neighbors and friends for Christ sometimes can be as simple as offering an invitation to come and see not the product, but the person, who has changed our lives. That strategy worked for the Samaritan woman in John 4. After having a life-altering conversation with Jesus, she went back to her neighbors invited them to “Come and see the man who told me everything I ever did.” At this simple invitation, the whole town went out to see Jesus for themselves.

I’m grateful for all the invitations to try your favorite restaurants. My family looks forward to trying them for ourselves. I’m sure we’ll have good conversations about our favorite dishes in the months and years ahead. I also trust that our neighbors will have even higher praise for our Savior if we’ll be faithful to invite them to come and see the one who has made all the difference in our lives.

With thanksgiving,

Taylor, Alyson, Sophie, and John Curtis


Linda Trantham April 26, 2017 1:43pm

So excited about our new Pastor. We have the most kindest and loving church!

Peter Leong April 26, 2017 1:56pm

Welcome! We love you Pastor Taylor, pray you will visit Chinese Congregation if time available! You are in our prayer list!

david blomstrom April 26, 2017 2:57pm

God has blessed us with the right pastor--and interims-at the right time over the life of our Church. We are truly blessed and our prayers are for you Pastor Taylor and your family as well as your former church..

Jan Hargraves April 26, 2017 5:55pm

I knew you were right for us, but as I saw you interacting with the younger children after Sunday's service, my heart was warmed! May these months of transition be a blessing for you and your family. Welcome to Sugar Land!

Dottie Hemmr April 27, 2017 5:14pm

Ok. I can live with your being an Aggie but rememner that Longhorns rule here! Lol. Best of luck on this new ministry. You will be great and we all support you!

David Adams April 29, 2017 5:36pm

Thankful you are at SLBC, Pastor Taylor! Sounds like you are beginning to see why the Adams family was so blessed to be part of that very special church family!

Jay Allan Cortes May 5, 2017 9:32pm

I am excited to visit your church for the first time this June. I am from the Philippines

Eleanor Jones May 17, 2017 10:03pm

Thank you Pastor Taylor for your visit and prayer with Dan. We enjoyed meeting you very much. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. You are fitting in wonderfully. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless you...

Sara Eustace May 18, 2017 7:51am

I am so excited to have you and your family join us at SLBC! I am grateful that God sent us such a leader who loves the Lord and who wants diligently to spread the Good News of Christ!

ginger blostrom May 18, 2017 11:11am

Thank you Pastor Taylor and your family for agreeing to serve at SLBC, perfect fit. We are blessed indeed.

Winnie Wong May 18, 2017 10:43pm

Thrilled to have you as our pastor! Keep up the good work and we will keep praying for your ministry. GOD IS GOOD!!