Along the Way

I would like to begin by thanking the complete fellowship for the confidence you have in me by the unanimous vote to call me as you pastor.  As we continue on the road of our daily living, I look forward to working with each of you over the coming years.  Please know that my door is always open should you like to visit.

August will prove to be a busy month.  On the first Sunday, August 6th, we will observe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.  All baptized believers are invited to take of the bread and the cup.  The Lord’s Supper is special in that we it symbolizes what Jesus did for all peoples by the breaking of His body and the spilling of His blood. For that reason, we should always prepare ourselves in a spiritual way.  On Saturday, August 12th, there will be a luncheon titled Women of Faith.  This luncheon is sponsored by the women of First Baptist Church.  There will be a time of prayer, song, a guest speaker, and a light lunch.  If you have not registered, you may speak with Patti or Virginia.  Sunday, August 20th immediately following worship there will be a called business meeting to elect members to various church committees.  And of course we cannot forget the school will once again be in session.

At the end of the month, six of our Deacons will be rotating off and six new Deacons will be rotating onto the Deacon Board.  The new Deacons are Ronnie Wilson, Steve Creedle, and Lacy Howerton who have all served as Deacons in the past.  Newly set apart are Jon Czerniawski, Dave Mitchell, and Jane Rodriquez.  These three will be ordained during the worship service on August 20th.  We want to keep not just the new Deacons, but our complete Deacon Board in our daily prayers as they care for the needs of the church and its members.

Recently, a gentleman stopped by the church looking for assistance.  This was not an isolated event.  Several times a week we are visited by people in need.  This could be people looking for gas money, the need to pay utility bills, or other needs they may have.  In the past, when someone had a need, we would direct them to the police station where there existed a “Transient Fund”.  Unfortunately, that fund is currently gone.  We need to resurrect that fund. If for no other reason, Jesus teaches us we are to help those in need.

Beginning the first Sunday of each even month, we will collect a communion offering.  There will be a box at the two exits of the sanctuary for you to give as you exit.  This money will be used to assist those in the community and traveling in need.  More will be announced going forward.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor John