November 2, 2017

Dear First Pres,

   I just want to let you know how grateful I am that so many of you adjusted your Sunday morning schedule to participate fully in our Reformation Sunday celebration. We started with a wonderful worship service. I've heard from many of you how meaningful it was to you. Then, during Education Hour, we had some great offerings. I continue to be so thankful for those who volunteer to lead in our Education Hour classes for kids and adults. Thank you! Finally, we celebrated with a great meal together. The Tri-Tip was exceptional (thanks guys) and your food was tremendous and plentiful. I was so pleased that so many of you stuck around to enjoy that time together. So, way to go, First Pres! Thank you for leaning in to our special celebration of the Reformation. I was blessed by you this weekend. And, you might as well start shopping for some tartan now, because October 28, 2018 is just around the corner.
 
   During Sunday's sermon, I started by saying that it is good to remember. That's what we're going to be doing this Sunday as part of our worship. Yesterday was All Saints Day (November 1), and we're going to acknowledge that by remembering, in particular, those saints of our church who passed away over the last year. And while we look back in remembering the saints who have gone before us, we will be starting a new sermon series called Biblical Vision that looks to the future.
 
   Also, during worship this last Sunday, I encouraged you to be praying the end of Psalm 139 for our congregation. The Psalmist prays, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24).  Would you please join me in praying this on behalf of our congregation? If the Lord puts something on your heart, revealing an "offensive way" in our body, then please put that back before the Lord in confession and ask Him for forgiveness. As we do that, God will continue to bring His renewal among us.
 
   I look forward to seeing you this Sunday. We are back to the regular schedule: 8:30, 9:40, 11:00. Daylight Savings ends, so be sure to set your clocks back.

Blessings,
Jeremy