Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
FBC’s Online Book Club will read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. The book gives a beautiful picture of what Christian community can look like. Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who was executed for resisting the Nazis. This book is about his experience with a group of students preparing for ministry during the rise of Hitler.
The book club will meet online again on September 14 at 7:00pm. We will discuss the first chapter of Life Together. The meetings usually last until 8:30pm. Send an email to me at email@example.com if you are interested in joining us.
Remember that we plan to resume the 9:00 hour on September13, 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.
Flexibility and grace are vital at this time. Bear with us as we discover what does and does not work well.
Follow this link to sign up for Life Groups.
There is a type of person who thinks he or she can do everything. There is another type of person who believes he or she can do nothing. Both are equally wrong in the eyes of Romans 12:3-8. We NEED each other. Our relationships are not a convenience, they are a necessity. We need to engage in building up one another in whatever ways our gifts allow. I wonder why I tend to see my fellow Christians as niceties in life instead of necessities.
How to pray for FBC
Please pray for us as we move toward reopening more facilities and activities. Pray for the provision of workers. Pray for wisdom on what we should and should not do. Pray for safety for all involved. Mostly, pray that God is glorified.
How to pray for our Community
Heartisans Marketplace is a local ministry where unemployed women can develop the necessary skills to improve their lives. I know several people associated with them. It is an excellent ministry. Heartisans is in the process of moving from downtown to a larger location on Gilmer Road. The move should be completed in November. Ways to pray:
· A successful move to their new location
· Ongoing financial support through their retail sales
· Provision of volunteers
· Life-change for the women they serve
· God is glorified as His work is done through Heartisans
· Many people come to know Jesus through Heartisans
How to pray for our World
I am spending time in prayer thanking the Lord for sparing East Texas from major damage due to Hurricane Laura. At the same time, I know the damage is worse on the coast. Let’s continue to pray for the people who are rebuilding their lives after the hurricane.