Lent and a God’s House Update

Dear FPCers (Friends Pursuing Christ),

On February 14, we will begin the season of Lent. This year as a congregation we will spend time listening to God and joining Him in the work that HE is doing at FPC and in our community. One of the ways to help us reach this goal is a new study called “7 Realities for Experiencing God”. This study will focus on Moses’ encounter at the burning bush. During the study, you will:

RECOGNIZE a direction God is taking in your life.  BELIEVE and experience daily God’s infinite love for you.  IDENTIFY God’s unmistakable activity in your life.  HEAR when God is speaking to you.  KNOW how to respond to what God shows you. ADJUST your beliefs, character, and behavior to God and His ways.  EXPERIENCE God doing through you what only HE can do.

I have done this study before and it will change your life and it will strengthen our life together as a congregation. You will want to participate in this study. We presently have 2 groups available. The first group meets on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm beginning the 14th. The second group will meet on Saturdays starting February 17th at 10:00 am at the Eckhoff’s home. The children and youth will also be involved in this study in Sunday morning Small Groups. If you can’t join us on Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning and need an evening study let me know. I do not want anyone to miss out on this journey.

During worship, I will preach on different facets from the study and have a time to respond to questions that the groups might have. Our Sunday morning worship services will be centered around the study of God’s Word and Prayer.

We will kick off this series with a day of prayer. On Ash Wednesday (February 14), throughout the day people will be called to pray (whether at home, work, or at the church) in a unified concert of prayer.  Each hour, beginning at 6 am, there will be a specific prayer focus and at 6:30 pm we will gather for a time of worship. All of our homebound members will be sent prayer materials.

Some other highlights from the past month: Construction was able to resume on God’s House. The Elders, Deacons and Church Leaders spent a Saturday morning in training and prayer preparing for “Engage 2018”.  New teams have been formed to do the “work” of Christ at FPC.  If you would like to participate on a team (Buildings and Grounds, Church Life, Christian Education, or Worship) let me know.  All teams are meeting on February 4th after worship. A group has been engaging in weekly Biblical Reflection and Meditation to prepare for worship on Sunday.  If you would like to participate you can join a group on FB or just continue the reflection exercises.  Here are the Scripture texts for the next few weeks.

Week of 1/28: Acts 9:1-19, Week of 2/4: Acts 16:1-10.

Love and Prayers in Jesus,

Ilona

God’s House Update

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