Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Relationships between churches too often reflect the mind of the world more than the mind of Christ. We compete for people and resources. We run churches like businesses trying to grow instead of ministries trying to serve. Paul challenges us to see other churches as partners in the gospel. I want to become more proactive in praying for other churches in the area. See the section on praying for our community below for the way I plan to do this.
How to pray for FBC
Friendsgiving is scheduled for Saturday, November 7. This is a terrific opportunity to serve our community right here at FBC. We will work on projects for South Ward Elementary, Beds of Hope, and Meals with Love. South Ward is a low-income school with many needs. We will fill goodie bags for the children to have at Christmas. Beds of Hope provides foster families with a new bed for their foster child. Meals with Love provides meals to shut-ins.
All ages are welcome. You do not need special skills to participate; there is something for everyone to do. Please let us know if you are going to join us so we can arrange for lunch (Chick-fil-A).
Pray for the Lord to provide the workers to complete the projects. Pray for the end results to be blessings to people in need. Pray that those who receive the blessings from Friendsgiving will be drawn closer to the Lord.
How to pray for our Community
Sunday’s sermon focused on unity between churches. Pray for unity between churches in Longview. Here’s a great practice: Pray for churches that you drive past this week. You might not know a thing about that church, but you can pray for the Lord to use that church for His glory.
How to pray for our World
Let’s continue to pray for the election. Also, start praying now for peace after the election, regardless of how it turns out.
We continue to struggle to fit everyone into the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings as we try to maintain the recommended social distancing. We have come up with a new plan. We will have an E-Service in The Loft. That means the entire service will be broadcast live into The Loft where there will be seating for 50 or more. This will allow FBCers to gather (at a distance) and enjoy the service together. The service will be hosted by a staff member. If you are an FBC regular, it will help others find room in the sanctuary if you could join the E-Service in the Loft on Sunday.
FBC’s Online Book Club will start a new book on Monday, November 9 at 7:00pm. The book is called Are Women Human? by Dorothy Sayers. Yes, that is a crazy title, but don’t be put off by it. Dorothy Sayers lived at the same time as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien – they were all friends. In fact, she was an important influence on them. Sayers is most famous for her mystery novels and plays, but she was also a highly respected theologian. This very short book will tackle issues that are relevant today, but from the perspective of a Christian writing 80 years ago.
Advent starts Sunday, November 29. This year we will follow the Advent plan published by HE/SHE. They have wonderful devotionals for adults as well as children’s materials that will help you prepare to celebrate Christmas. The sermons will align with their weekly themes. You do not need to purchase the material. If you are looking for something to do yourself or with your family, this is what the sermon series will follow.