Pastor’s Preview for January 15, 2017

Hi Friends,

Last Sunday we kicked off a new series here at Fuller that we’re calling You Belong. Together we’re going to spend the next several weeks looking at that message we find over and over again throughout the bible that you and I belong. We belong to Jesus.

We started by looking at how from the very stories in the bible God shows that even in our failure and in our shame we belong to him. We looked at the passage from Genesis 3:1-10 and saw how as fear and shame forced Adam and Eve to hide in the trees God came looking for them. God offered them life rather than the death they deserved and he covered over their shame. If you happened to miss the message you can always catch it on our website – www.FullerCRC.org and you’ll find it under the Media tab.

This week we’ll take the second step into our series as we look at the story of how God called Abram to follow after him. We’ll be reading from Genesis 11:27-12:5 so if you have a moment look through the passage prior to Sunday and ask yourself – how would I respond if God called me to leave all that I know and love and step out into the unknown?

One quick update before I sign off, last week Thursday our Council voted unanimously to move forward in our Next Steps efforts. In the wake of receiving both a congregational and a staffing assessment of our current state as a church the Council has decided to continue working with Jack Lynn of Clear Vision Ministries.

Right now we are working to assemble a Strategic Ministry Planning Team (SMPT) that will meet regularly over the next 6-9 months to discern God’s vision for our church’s future and develop a strategic plan that will help us realize His vision. Throughout the next 6-9 months the planning team will report monthly to Council who will ultimately approve any and all recommendations.

As we as a church move forward in this exciting opportunity, will you continue to lift all of this up in prayer before God? It is vital that together we follow the Apostle Paul’s instructions from Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Don’t be anxious, but pray with thanksgiving. Paul concludes with verse 7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Let’s continue to lift all of this up in prayer as He promises to guard our hearts with peace.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Nate

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