Dear First Pres,

  My heart is full of much joy to share with you that our new Director of College Ministry, Geraud Brumfield, is now here in Fresno. He is eager to connect with and care for the students who attend Fresno Pacific, Fresno State, and Fresno City Colleges. Geraud has a heart for the message of the Gospel on these campuses. He also has a deep desire to extend to students the invitation and gift to be part of a local church body while attending higher education. It will be out of the relationships that Geraud has that he will invite students to be active participants in the body here at First Presbyterian Church.
   One of the words that you will hear again and again from me about Geraud is that the organization that he works for, the CCO, is now in partnership with us as a church. Uniquely, our partnership means we not only send Geraud out to minister at these college campuses, but we get to regularly minister with him as he brings college students through our church doors. We get to grow in relationship with these students.
   It is the hope of the CCO, Geraud, and FPC that the students who make this church their regular place of worship also become integrated into the active life of our church. We may see some of these students on the chancel leading worship; some may help out in our children's or youth ministry; some may get plugged in to serve in link crew or as ushers. Yet no matter where these students get plugged in, it is my hope they experience the necessity of becoming a part of a church body as they live out their faith in all parts of life during and after college.
   What a privilege it is that we are partnering with the CCO as Geraud partners with us in the transforming work of the Gospel for our city and our world. Will you join with me in welcoming Geraud to First Presbyterian Church through encouraging words, gift cards, or taking him out to lunch and hearing his vision for college students? Who knows? Some of these conversations may lead to your heart being stirred to minister and care for college students on these local campuses.


P.S. Pastor Jeremy and the church Session have decided to hold a First Pres Forum during the Education Hour this Sunday. The purpose of the forum is to discuss how we can walk together through difficult times. I encourage all who are able to attend. Then, next week, our Testimony class will resume in the Fellowship Hall.