Weekly Letter from the Pastor — December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

Dear FBCD Family,

I hope and pray that your Advent season is going well and that you are finding time to focus on the deepest meaning of the season. We are having some truly profound times of worship here at church. I am grateful for all who are lending their gifts to make Advent so special, and excited about the music-focused programs that still lie ahead — The Music of Christmas in combined worship at 10:30 a.m. this coming Sunday, and Christmas on Clairemont at 7 p.m. on December 18.

I have just a few other things to tell you about in this week's letter from the corner of Clairemont and Commerce.

(1) We have now settled our lineup of classes and teachers for the new Wednesday night program called FBU — First Baptist University. Beginning January 11th, we will offer 7 (!) different learning and care group options. Here is the lineup—please, make plans to be partake of one or more of these opportunities for yourself and your family:

First Baptist University

• A Study of How the Bible Was Developed
• Restorative Justice 1 — Mass Incarceration
• Caregivers Support Group
• Financial Peace University
• Total Body Conditioning
• Grief Support Group
• CS Lewis' Mere Christianity

(2) As of December 1, we are $267,000 away from meeting our 2016 budget. It is not unusual for all kinds of nonprofits and churches to run behind during much of the year and gather up a high percentage of their budget at the end of the year. Still, we need to get to work on it. Let us all do our part to close the gap and end the year in the black.

(3) We will have a rather significant congregational meeting this coming Sunday, December 11, at the close of our combined music of Christmas worship service. We need a congregational vote on: the slate of nominees for church committees for 2017, certain staff changes, and the makeup of the Pastor Search Committee. Please be present for this important moment in the life of our church.

Have a wonderful week—
Pastor David

SERMON
Link to the sermon series: Jesus and the Meaning of Christmas, and scroll to the December 4 sermon "Jesus Means Love."