Welcome to 2016!

Welcome to 2016!!!!!!!! How fast time flies when you are having fun!!!!! I hope you are ready to start the New Year!
In the fall, I asked FPCers what Book of the Bible they would like to study in the New Year. Their response was the Book of Proverbs. So on January 3 we will begin a study on Proverbs in worship.
A proverb is a short wisdom saying that has practical implications. Henrietta Mears, writes in her bible handbook, “The ones included in the Book of Proverbs cover a variety of subjects: Listening to God’s voice for wisdom, chastity, control of the tongue, laziness, knowledge, relations with others, and justice among others. Perhaps above everything else in the book, there is a reiterated assertion that true wisdom comes from seeking the Lord and turning from evil.”
What an excellent way to begin the New Year.
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
We will begin our study with Proverbs 1 on January 3rd. During January, I am recommending a very simple reading plan. Read a Proverb a day (a chapter a day-there are 31 chapters in Proverbs). As we read through the proverbs there are two questions we will be asking.
1. What is God saying in this text?
2. How do I apply what I have learned to my life?
You may want to start a journal or you may decide to pick up the journal sheets available at the church. Each Sunday, people will have an opportunity to share what they learned during the week.
Please join me as we grow in the God’s wisdom and apply it to our daily lives. Also join me and other members in one of our Caring, Bearing and Sharing (CBS) Small Groups. You will see a list of available groups in Christian Education Corner.
Finally, I want to invite you to our “Thanksgiving to God” dinner on Sunday, January 17th from 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. In the fall many of you filled out a daily list of things you were thankful for during the month. As promised, a gourmet meal will be prepared by me. If you didn’t fill out the form there will be plenty of opportunities to say thanks. I will be discussing our “Thank You” opportunities in worship.
See you in worship or in one of the CBS groups.
Love and prayers in Jesus,

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