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From Michael Waschevski | September 11, 2019

Posted by Michael Waschevski on

Dear friends,

 

Last Sunday was a full and wonderful day on our Penn Street campus.  Worship was vibrant and moving, visitors and new members began a First Connections Class together, Church School classes for all ages began -including new classes, a new member was received, we elected elders and Nominating Committee At-Large members to new leadership in the congregation, a delicious brunch was enjoyed in the Great Hall courtesy of the Wellness Committee, youth groups began their fall meetings with great attendance and energy, new fellowship dinner groups formed and met together, and so much more. It was so evident that First Presbyterian is a vibrant, engaged congregation of faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. 

 

It is especially remarkable to lift up and give thanks for the faithfulness of our congregation during this time of pastoral transition.  For too many congregations a time of pastoral transition ushers in a period of lower attendance, decreased giving, lack of initiative and energy for new ministry, and a sense of marking time at best. Not here.  Not you. The Spirit is alive and well, and we are following Jesus Christ, who alone is the head of our church, with energy and excitement! 

 

Earlier this year, during the annual Men’s Retreat, those gathered made commitments for how they would personally commit to their discipleship in this time of transition.  They wrote them on index cards, and the leadership team shared them with me. I keep them on my desk and look at them often. I do so because they are a testimony to the mature discipleship and faithfulness they represent – and they are so very encouraging. They express what countless First Presbyterian members and friends are also committed to this year.  Perhaps the sampling below gives voice to your commitments too. 

 

               To be a more engaged member of the church..

               To make my church stronger by working to strengthen my faith…

               To pray daily for the church staff…

               To continue serving as an usher and at Room in the Inn…

               To increase frequency of commitment of my time…

               To support the ongoing life and mission of the church in this transition and beyond…

               To offer encouragement to church members through positive reassurance of our future                                         in God’s hands…

               To faithfully attend every meeting of my committee…

               To participate with my family in mission….

               To be present…

 To be intentional…

               To support the church spiritually and financially…

 

You can see why I read them often. And as I do,  I offer prayers of thanksgiving for their faithfulness to Jesus Christ and His church. I offer prayers each day for all members, visitors, and friends of First Presbyterian Church for their faithfulness to Jesus Christ and His Church. God is indeed good. All the time.

 

In gratitude for you,

 

Michael

 

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