Weekly Letter from the Pastor — January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

Dear FBCD Family,

I begin by thanking Shelley Woodruff for preaching on Sunday while I was in New Orleans at the Society of Christian Ethics. I understand that The Great Storm of January 2017 was tolerable and that most were able to make it to church. I am indeed impressed by the strong sense of duty so many of our church members feel to be in church if at all possible -- churches are built and sustained by people with that kind of commitment. So thank you.

This week will be an exciting one in the life of our congregation. First Baptist University launches on Wednesday night with its first week of classes. I will not review them again but will look forward to seeing dozens, scores, even hundreds of you and our neighbors here on Wednesday night. Dinner is served beginning at 5:30, the seven class options begin at 6:30.

On Sunday we will be blessed to witness our first baptism in a long while. Jackson Anand will be baptized at the very beginning of the Sanctuary service. That day we will also ordain our new deacons. My sermon, the third in our "Things Christians Do" series, will be called "Making Peace." The texts are Zechariah 8:15-17 and Matthew 5:21-26.

This weekend is also Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Our church is involved in this community-wide service effort. I am grateful to Mai Cavalli and others who are helping us do our part.

May God bless you richly this week, and in turn, may you be a blessing to those you meet.

In Christ,
Pastor David