I want to remind you that this Sunday morning, January 26th we will be gathering for ONE worship service at 10:00a.m. in the Sanctuary. The first portion of our meeting will be the worship service itself. We will be wrapping up this sermon series: Yesterday, Today and Forever as we look forward at the plans God has in store for us as a church! Immediately following this time of worship we will transition to the business portion of the meeting that will also take place in the Sanctuary.
The morning will be a celebration of the ways in which God has been and continues to be at work in and through the ministry of our church. We ended 2019 in a financially solid position [you will hear more about this Sunday as God continues to provide through our church’s generosity!] and begin 2020 confident in the work God can/will do through our ministry. The business items on our agenda for Sunday are:
- Receiving the final financial report for 2019
- Presentation of the 2020 operating budget that Session approved this past Tuesday
- Approval of Pastoral Terms of Call for Pastor Steve Wilde
In an effort to save money and trees we are providing this link so that you can view our Annual Report here. [Special thanks to Jane Ackley, Michele O’Hair, Danielle Hayes, Kim Salch & Jen Wilde for all of their work in putting the actual annual report together!]
Hard copies of the 2020 Operating Budget are available Thursday & Friday in the church office and will also be available for the business portion of the meeting itself.
I continue to be overwhelmed and blessed to be serving this church as one of your pastors! The tangibility of God’s activity in our church gives me great enthusiasm and hope as we continue in 2020 and this season of ministry! I will look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
Grace and Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series; Yesterday, Today and Forever
Sunday's Message: The View from Here
Scripture: (Passage is printed at the end of this email)
Questions for Reflection:
- How has the church [universal…not just FPCL] changed over your lifetime? What are some of the differences between the church you grew up in and the church today?
- How has the world/culture/context of ministry changed? What impact do these cultural changes have on what it means/looks like to be “the church"?
- As you think back on this past year of ministry for our church, for what are you grateful? How are you experiencing the Spirit of God's presence at FPCL?
- In the Jeremiah passage, the people of God are told that God has plans for them and that they have a "future with hope." What are your hopes for our churches future?
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, says the Lord.
For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfil to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.