Dear FPC—It was fun for me to study and preach about being reconciled in Jesus—our unity in diversity. I think that is one of the (many) things this congregation does well—we stick close to Jesus and avoid beating one another up about less central issues and ideas. I’ve always found that if people are moving closer to Jesus they will inevitably end up closer together. That is part of what unity in Christ means, I think. The danger is always putting something else in Jesus’ place and moving towards it instead. That separates us and leaves us following false gods instead of the true One.
This Saturday is our Mini-retreat on Finding Your Place In God’s Plan. Come join us! (even if you haven’t signed up, come anyway!)—there will be light breakfast and coffee starting about 8:30 am in Geneva Hall, and we’ll go from 9 to 11:30. This is a great way to learn about the various ways God gifts his people to bless others (yes—God’s gifts are ALWAYS for the benefit of others!) and discover what some of your own gifts are and how to put them to use. It will be fun and practical!
On Sunday at 12:15 pm we will have a congregational meeting to elect our Pastor Nominating Committee and fill an open elder spot on our session. The PNC will be doing the lion’s share of the work to find a candidate to present to you as pastor. So their work is critical for our future. I hope you will come (or stay after the 11 am worship) for this important day. We will also be giving you an update on our progress towards calling a new installed pastor.
Finally—don’t forget the following week—both “Fall Fun Days” on Saturday Oct 27 to clean up around our campus and the Kirkin’ O’ th’ Tartan service on Reformation Day on the 28th.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!