A new year, a new journey. Greetings in this new year of 2020! Here is wishing you everything good in the days and months to come for indeed there is much good to celebrate! The wise men are still on their way, and they are guided by a star; a star that will lead them to the new thing God is doing in the world in Jesus.
Led by that star our church will begin to chart the course of our journey into the future.
By finalizing our work on our Core Values and Bed Rock Beliefs, we will establish the trajectory of our planning based on those key identity pieces for our church. Our Ad Council is planning a half day retreat for us to hone the direction of our planning and establish plans for worship and educational programing and outreach based upon those discernments.
As your pastor, this will help me be responsive to what the church needs in order to move our congregation forward. We will also be incorporating excerpts from Dr. Gil Rendels’ book, Journey in the Wilderness. This will help us see how we forge identity as a people even as we move ahead in a cultural environment that does not necessarily support what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Understanding the opportunity to engage people with the love of God in Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world will lead us to inform ourselves better, through “Mission Insight,” about who is around us in our community, what their needs and hopes are and how we can help them know that those hopes and needs are met in Jesus who is God with us.
We have this promise that he will be with us always and hear the word of the Lord, “See I am making all things new!” With that promise of new life, I wish you and yours, in every situation, in every change that comes, in all things, Christ is present and working grace to bring us life abundant! Praise God and Happy New Year!
Pastor Linda Farmer-Lewis