Sermon Reflection

I like being independent. In reality, however, I am not independent. I depend on the Lord for every resource, plan, and outcome – and that’s a good place to be. I wonder if I embraced my dependence more, I would feel more confident and excited to share the gospel. I would be more grateful for what God does for me and less afraid of rejection by people.

Reflection on the Congregational Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the Congregational Meeting. Multiple staff members commented about the wonderful, supportive attitude that was present. There was a genuine desire to pitch in and help. God is at work!

For those who could not make it, here are a few highlights. FBC’s giving has been flat for several years. Unfortunately, just like our home budgets, many expenses increase every year. The result is that we are projected to use $184,000 of our reserves in 2017. We try to keep three months in reserves, but we are down to about six weeks. It seemed wise to the Board to make small changes now to avoid drastic changes later.

Mission’s Budget: We will adjust how it is set, making it based on a flat rate, not just a percent. If giving allows, we will add to that flat rate. We will make some small cuts to the Missions budget and eventually sell the Gillette House.

Staffing: We will not replace Ashley (who stepped down from Women’s Ministry earlier this year). We will also not hire someone new in Joe Coppinger’s spot. It was already the plan for Jim to take over Encore. We will continue that plan. He will also take oversight of FBC’s “Grow” function, helping us grow in our biblical and theological knowledge and applying it to our lives. This includes Life Groups. Adam will take over the “Connect” function. This includes Small Groups, assimilation, and anything else that helps us build better relationships with one another. Steve Vance and David Fisher will handle FBC’s “Go” function. Steve will spend a little less time on Missions so he can help with local outreach. David will become part-time and oversee our local service projects, shifting away from leading Men’s ministry. One result of these changes is that the leadership teams for our Men’s and Women’s ministries will take full leadership of those ministries.

Prayer Prompts

How to pray for FBC

Pray for FBC as we make the changes addressed in the Congregational meeting. As noted above, this will impact leadership in some very important ministries. It will also be an adjustment for staff. Pray for wisdom for the Missions Committee as they make the necessary budget decisions. Of course, pray for FBC’s giving.

How to pray for our Community

Three families in our community suddenly lost sons on a Boy Scout outing. Many people in FBC knew these families. Please pray for the parents, families, and friends who are grieving this loss. Pray that God is glorified in the midst of this horrible tragedy.

How to pray for our World

As I was typing this Midweek Moment, I saw a headline that North Korea now has a nuclear warhead that can fit into one of its missiles. That is frightening. How do we respond? Pray Psalm 46. It begins with “God is our refuge and strength.” The Psalm talks about God’s sovereignty over even nations at war. Psalm 41:1 also says that God is “a very present help in trouble.” Let’s pray for His help.

PROJECT 21:5 — Final Update

Most of the 21:5 projects from May have been completed. The last ones are being finished up now. If you signed up for one of our 21:5 projects in May, and you have not been contacted, please email and let us know. We will be sure to get you connected!