Book Challenge

Instead of spending June complaining about bad TV and reruns, how about reading a good book?  During the month of June, I am challenging you to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.  There are several editions, print and electronic, new and used.  I like this devotional book because it helps us understand that our spiritual lives are lived in community.  I have scheduled two discussions for those who would like to talk with others about the book                                                              [June 12 and June 26, at 5 P.M. in the church library].

FCC Church Family

     On April 30, as we were dedicating baby Wyatt in worship, making our vows and promises to support this baby’s spiritual  journey his whole life long, I was reflecting on how this church family had made similar vows to me when I was a young child. And, you have kept those vows. You encouraged and sustained me as I grew to adulthood, as I discerned a call to ministry, and into motherhood, as you are now living out the vow to support my child in her faith. As your interim youth minister, you supported me with love and grace.

It’s been 2 ½ years of all kinds of growth for our youth ministry. Our youth have wrestled with challenges, prayed and worshiped together, grown in leadership and calling, said goodbye to graduating friends, and welcomed new members into our Chi Rho and CYF family. They have formed a strong community of spiritual friends eager to lead and serve in their faith community and beyond. The youth are ready and eager for the trust and support that a settled leader will bring.

This church family has encouraged me in ministry since I was a little preschooler, and I am thankful that your love and grace continue to sustain me in this transition out of interim ministry even now.

Philippians 1:3-6,               Rachel Nance Woehler

 

Praying for God’s Guidance

        We have spent the last six months praying for our Senior Pastor Search Committee and they have been working diligently to seek God’s new leader for us.  They will bring a unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation for our new senior pastor to the congregation board this Sunday.  Let me ask you to do the following.

Pray.  Pray for the candidate, even though for privacy’s sake the candidate’s name has not been officially announced yet.   Pray for the church, that we will prayerfully seek God’s leadership.  Pray that we will put aside personal agendas and seek the welfare of the congregation.  Pray that our hearts will follow God’s will in this selection process.

Participate.  There are two events scheduled next week in which we can learn more about the recommended candidate.  The Sunday board meeting [reserve a place for lunch] and a meet and greet on Wednesday with the candidate will help us know more about the minister.   On May 28, the congregation will vote.  Please participate in these activities as you can.

To our faithful visitors, let me say this.  Please pray for us as we go through these next weeks and participate so you too can learn more about our prospective new pastor.  Our church needs your input as we follow God’s will for our future.

God Bless You!

Our Impact

      May 3rd!  When I hear this date spoken out loud I immediately think back to the early 1990s when I was minister of music at First Baptist Church, Shepherdsville, KY, just south of Louisville.  It is the birthday of Elaine Swann, a special needs adult child of an alto in the Sanctuary Choir.  Elaine’s dad was an active deacon.  Each night after choir rehearsal, Elaine would make her way over to the organist and together they would pour out their touching rendition of “Silent Night”.  It was common place until the Christmas season rolled around and you heard her singing it on Christmas Eve.  Then it became a tear-jerker.

Elaine died just a few years ago, and up to that point I called her almost every May 3rd, to wish her a happy birthday.  I’ve been fortunate to meet several persons like Elaine over the course of my ministry.  I often wonder what it will be like to meet them in heaven when they are fully restored.  What impact did I have on them?

That leads me to think about ministry in general around the local church like ours.  We have so many things going on – meetings, rehearsals, prayer groups, community events, training, etc.  I realize it gets crazy at times, but, we need to remember that what we do now, that may seem like busy-work, may lead to decisions that have eternal significance.  The text of a song or the care shown by a Sunday School class may turn out to be the spark that starts a fire, or the wind that whips it into a blaze.

So, in our day to day, week to week, or month to month ministries and activities, be aware that your participation, faithfulness, and down-right hard work will probably have spiritual impact on someone, although you may never know it.

Carry on my friends!  Bill

 

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