One experience we all share, whether young or old, male or female, Christian or non-Christian, is the need to have other people in our lives that we look up to, admire and emulate. This might be a mother or father, an older sibling, a teacher, or a professional athlete. Our role models have a powerful ability to shape who we think we should be and what we should strive after in our lives.
This Sunday, we’ll be looking at Philippians 2:19-30, where the Apostle Paul puts forward two men, Timothy and Epaphroditus, as godly patterns after which the Christians in Philippi should model their lives. Paul provides two real, historical individuals who exemplified the attitude of Christ, an attitude of service and commitment. The extraordinary thing is that they were both so, well, ordinary; yet they were Christians submitted to the Lord Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Their faithful obedience is a testimony to us, showing us that walking in the way of Jesus is possible and fruitful. Let’s come ready to learn from these two early disciples of Jesus whose identity was shaped not by their surrounding culture of power and prestige, but by their identity as servants of King Jesus.
This fall, as we announced at the August Refocus 2020 potluck, we will begin meeting together the last Sunday of the month for a service of missional prayer. Our first missional prayer service will be Sunday, September 29th. After a potluck at 5:00 pm in the mission center, we’ll meet in the worship center at 6:00 pm for a brief time of teaching followed by guided prayer. Prayer is like the engine that moves our ministry forward as a church–please join us as we come before the King of Kings and intercede before his throne on behalf of our congregation, the city, and the world.
The elders are excited to welcome Jim Indrelie as the head of our newly formed Property Team. The Property Team is responsible for looking after the maintenance and landscaping of our church’s building and grounds. If you would like to serve the church through being a member of the Property Team, please contact Jim Indrelie. Additionally, in a few weeks we plan to hold a church workday which the leadership is coordinating with Nueva Esperanza. More details on that event are forthcoming.
Finally, Elder Tim Wierenga communicated at the August potluck that we had initiated a search for a director of youth ministries. We’re excited to announce that the Lord has been faithful in answering our prayer, and on Sunday we’ll introduce our new youth director. Come this Sunday to hear whom the Lord has provided to lead and serve our FCC youth!
For Christ and the Gospel,