Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
The FBC Book Club started meeting online to help keep people connected. We read and discuss some of the great books in the history of the Church. These books introduce us to Christians who went before us and lived in deep intimacy with the Lord. They were not perfect, and their times were different, but we can learn much from them.
In September we will start a new book: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who lived during World War II. His resistance to Hitler and the Nazis led to his execution. Before he died, Bonhoeffer had the opportunity to build an extraordinary community of students preparing to pastor. He wrote Life Together about that community as a way of showing others what true Christian life together can be.
If you would like to participate, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We plan to resume the 9:00 hour on September 13, but it will not look like it did before Covid. We are taking steps to make sure students and volunteers in Kids Ministry will be safe. This might mean smaller class sizes or combining classes. We will make sure that our activities do not put people at risk, which might require a simplified program. Similarly, we will take the necessary steps to protect Life Group participants through social distancing and other wise practices. Life Group signups begin in person this Sunday at the Community Life desk. There will be a Zoom option for most if not all classes. For more information, contact Slade Rinehart at email@example.com.
Flexibility and grace are vital at this time. Bear with us as we discover what does and does not work well.
The Lord delivers His people. That is the message of Psalm 30. It was the message we heard repeatedly throughout our sharing time. We are not through this pandemic. But as the Psalm says, the Lord has shown His favor to us; joy has replaced weeping.
How to pray this week
I am writing this as Hurricane Laura readies to make landfall. Many communities, including Longview, are bracing themselves. I am praying for safety for all in its path. We will know much more about the damage caused by the hurricane when this Mid-Week Moment goes out. Join me in praying for comfort for those who need to rebuild their lives. Pray that they will be drawn closer to the Lord.