From the Church Moderator

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6: 9 & 10

There is a song with a verse: “I am tired, I am weak, I am alone. Through the storm, through the night lead me on to the light”…We all feel tired and weary at times. Currently at First Baptist Church we are asking fewer members to do more of the jobs and fill the same number of positions on boards and committees. As an Executive Board we want you to know we understand your weariness. We are grateful for your service, dedication, and years of being faithful servants.

The time is now, during this transition period, to evaluate all of our church’s activities and programs. Are we doing some things because “we always have,” or because it makes us feel good, or it meets our needs even if does not reach out to others? In his book, A Practical Guide For Revitalizing Your Church, Rev. Lee Kricher states that all programs of the church should   focus on the church’s mission; “To lead as many people as possible into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” Our church mission states that our mission is “To minster to our congregation, the community and the world, so that all may experience the love and grace of God.”

During our weeks and months of transition, the Executive Board will be evaluating and prioritizing all the practices and programming here at First Baptist Church in an effort to focus on our mission with renewed excitement and energy. As a congregation may we be open to change and God’s leading us in new ministries and be willing to eliminate or revise those things that do not fulfill our mission. As members may we find new places to serve and new ways to use our gifts and talents. Please pray for our Church and this process of letting go and building anew. May our vision be to establish a Church where people find a life-changing faith in Jesus Christ.

—Marti Atwater, Moderator