January 30, 2017
Dear FBCD Family,
This week finds me jetting off to Penn State University for an all-day speaking appearance there on Wednesday, so I guess you all will have to do FBU without me this one time. After that visit I will go to northern Virginia to see my 87-year-old father, as well as my sister and brother-in-law.
But I will be back for Sunday to speak on the theme of “Keeping Our Covenants,” the 4th message in my series called “Things Christians Do.” I have been homing in on certain key themes: if we have claimed Jesus as Savior and Lord, then all aspects of our lives come under his lordship; shared commitment to Jesus is the fundamental ground of our unity as Christians; the teachings of Jesus are not impossible but they are demanding; and we need the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to do the will of God.
This coming week is also Boy Scout Sunday, and the Sanctuary service will feature the Boy Scout Troop that we sponsor as well as many members who have connections to Boy Scouts. It is a long and proud relationship.
I was very pleased to see so many people in both services on Sunday. I can recall only a very rare Sunday morning in Sanctuary in recent years that has been as full. I am grateful to God for signs of life and vitality among us, not just in attendance of course but in the most important measure of all – deepening commitment to the Lordship of Christ and to full participation in Christ’s Body, the Church.
On Sunday I felt the need to offer a statement at the close of both services related to immigration/refugee issues. Some of you asked to be able to see the full text. It is linked below (see green link button).
I was very pleased to be able to announce on Sunday that “Unearthed,” a new monthly Friday night worship service geared for young adults, will begin on Feb. 17 (8 pm). I am grateful to Kaitlin Curtice for dreaming up this new opportunity to meet the unique needs of young adults in our community.
I was also thrilled to be able to welcome Matt Snyder to the staff team, working as Pastoral Resident for Young Adult Ministry.
This week we have also posted the job for our new full time Minister to Families with Children. We will close applications at the end of February and hope to have the position filled sometime this spring.
In these and other ways, FBCD is working to serve young adults, young families, children and youth in our community – and, hopefully, to attract some to join with us as members.
Have a wonderful week, and I will see you on Sunday.