When I first visited Metropolitan as part of the pastoral search process in the fall of 1989, I was ushered into the church library where I met Peggy Berger, the volunteer director.
I told her then what I tell you now: The Metropolitan church library is the finest church library I have ever seen. It has an excellent collection of biblical reference books, Bible commentaries, teachers’ aids, and Christian books for children. I was impressed by how this comprehensive collection was so-well-chosen and carefully maintained as a ministry of the church.
She told me how she and Shirley Bryan built the collection over many years through the financial contributions and memorial gifts of church members. She told me how the library was being used by Sunday School teachers and youth leaders, families in the congregation who love to read, individual Bible students, and even some local pastors of other churches.
That was, of course, before the advent of the internet, digital media and online research.
But for those who love books and reading, and for those who work hard in lesson preparation and personal Bible study, our library media center remains a valuable resource. I have made use of our church library throughout my 28 years as your pastor. I recommend it.
Zig Ziglar said, “Twenty years from now you will be the same person you are today except for two things – the people you meet and the books you read.”
I agree. I told my children as they were growing up, “Books are our friends.” I told them that because as we read the right books, we can go places we have never been, meet important people whose example we can follow, spend time with authors who expand and enrich our knowledge, and we can grow in our relationship with God.
I’m writing this little reminder to encourage you to make use of our church library. It is a treasure.