Congratulations Church! We exceeded our goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The goal was $500. As of this writing you have given $810. This is a great way to start off 2019!
Our Vision Team has been hard at work; praying, thinking, and discussing the direction God wants our church to go. We knew it had to be simple, straightforward and to the point. We asked ourselves, “Why is this church here?” and “What does God want us to be?” Our conclusion was it was best to stick as close as we could to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20) in which Jesus tells us to Make Disciples. He also says to Go, and he says to Baptize and Teach but the focus of the verse is to Make Disciples. We also felt it should call to mind the Great Commandment (Mark 12:29-31), first to Love God with all our hearts and souls and mind and strength and second to Love our Neighbor as ourselves.
The Vision Statement we want to present to you is: LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, SERVE ALL
Please pray about this statement. Does this sum up why Runyan First Baptist Church exists? Is this our purpose? The Vision Team hopes you agree it is. It will be considered for a vote in January.
Our January 2019 Worship Services will be devoted to a study of The Letters to the Churches from Revelation 1-3. We will benefit from looking at what Jesus said to these ancient churches and the application to our church today.
2018 was a great year for our church. We saw a record number of people join, our giving has stabilized and even increased slightly. We are in the process of making our church function better. The spirit in the services is outstanding and our fellowship times are rich and fun. As good as 2018 was I believe the Lord has positioned us to make even greater strides in 2019. Let us pledge individually and as a church to aggressively follow the Lords commands, we will actively seek to do His will and we will look for ways to serve Him. This will result in even better fellowship, more sharing of the Gospel, more ministry and service in our community and around the world and a healthier church.
Just a reminder – We have been given a trip to Israel and will be gone from January 31 – February 9, 2019.
I love being your pastor, Scott
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