Monday, September 20, 2010

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Hello Girls!

WOW is an understatement! It has been such a whirlwind of emotions for many FBC folks as we have marched (literally) from the downtown property to our new facility on Stuart Road. The 4.5 mile walk was like an adrenaline rush as the excitement continued to build. From a week of 24/7 reading through the Bible (a couple of times even!) and continuous prayer to our first Wednesday Night Youth service and our first Sunday morning service just yesterday, it has been a historical time in the life of this church family. I am SO honored to be here and I hope you are too! Don't keep this joy and glory and praise experience to yourself - invite your friends! God is doing A-MAZING things here and we to exalt His work by sharing it with everyone we can!

Just take a look at what the walk was like! It was great to see so many of our youth involved! In fact, I would LOVE it if you would comment below and share what has impacted you the most over the past week - through the walk, the reading/praying, first services...share your thoughts!






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PS: Thanks so much to Gina Allison for the AWESOME pictures :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stepping Forward with Grace and Hope

Hello Precious Girls!

So, I have been thinking a lot about this walk to the new church on Sunday...and I have to tell you - I am REALLY excited! If you haven't signed up I want to encourage you to do so ASAP!

Have you ever experienced times when people that are older...or err, more seasoned than you....and they like to tell you stories from when they were younger? Like how they had to walk to school up hills both ways, gas was only 10 cents a gallon, or they watched on a color-less television when man first walked on the moon. I am personally excited to be able to say that I remember when Pluto was considered a planet. Haha! But seriously, this Sunday's walk is a monumental moment not only in the life of First Baptist, but in YOUR life! Walks like this don't happen often. YOU are the next generation of this church. It is crazy to think about it, but it won't be too long until you will get to tell your kids that you remember walking the four and half miles from the previous building to the building they will grow up in...grow up learning God's Word, worshiping Him, and fellowshipping with Christ's Church...just like you have in this downtown property. What a special moment!

I have been on staff with FBC for almost 2 years...just over 21 months to be exact...and it amazes me that when I first came here there was nothing but a pile of dirt on the lot where a beautiful new building now sits. What a testimony of the Lord at work in people's lives to see it to fruition! I am reminded of these verses in Philippians 1:5-6 which says:
"because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Verse 4 says too that "I always pray with joy" because of this. And I echo Paul in this because this is just an exciting and joyful time. I hope you won't take this opportunity lightly. Pack your lunch, pull out a red t-shirt and take part in what the Lord is doing here and now! As I too pull out my walking shoes I can't help but think of 1 Corinthians 12 when Paul speaks about the church being one body made of many different parts. To pull out a few of the verses, he says:
"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (vs 12)" and so on..."If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. (vs 15). "The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you! (vs 21)." "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (vs 27)."
Now, I know this is speaking of spiritual gifts and the talents that each of us have to offer to the body...the church. But it also paints a precious picture of each of us (of different ages, backgrounds, testimonies) being apart of one body....verse 27: "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." I love it! So, I urge you - be apart of the body this Sunday...the walking feet if you will!

I look forward to walking with you, worshiping along side you! See you Sunday!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

FALL 2010 CALENDAR!

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