September 8, 2016

Dear First Pres,
   
There are two main things I want to communicate about today: Community Groups and WednesdayNights@FPC.
 
Community Groups: This Sunday, 5 - 7 p.m.
               
   This Sunday we are launching Community Groups again. Remember, Community Groups are regionally based mid-sized groups that exist to build relationships with those who live near us, grow disciples together, and live out the Gospel in our everyday lives. One of the primary ways we hope to live that out this fall is through intentional corporate prayer. When Rev. Dr. Ken Priddy was here in February to talk about being a Great Commission Church, he taught us that preemptive prayer is one of the four key disciplines of a vital and effective church. As I met with the Community Group leaders recently (what a fun group), we felt like the monthly CG meetings were wonderful opportunities to practice intentionally outward prayer and develop that discipline in our congregation.
   As you've heard me say before, everyone has a Community Group. Even if you don't come to the formal meetings, you are part of your respective Community Group. So, I encourage you to look for the information below and on our website about where your group is meeting. And I invite you to join with others in your part of our great city at Community Group.
 
WednesdayNights@FPC: This Wednesday, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
 
   On Wednesday, September 14 we are launching our fall series of WednesdayNights@FPC.  It starts with dinner from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.After dinner, at 6:30 p.m. we'll have our various groups meeting around the campus (Children, Youth, and Adults).
   Our adult course is called Saturate. You can register through MyFPC, and I encourage you to do so. The workbooks for the course are $20 each. We recommend that each person get their own workbook, but there may be some of you that want to share. Remember, there is no charge for the course, only the workbooks that you buy. We'll be meeting in the Sanctuary from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. I believe the experience of working through this course together will extremely valuable for our church. I hope you will join us.
   Of course, many of you will be serving with our kids (I'm so grateful for that) and unable to attend the Saturate course. And others may not, for whatever reason, be able to come on Wednesday nights. But I don't want you to miss out on this really good Saturate workbook. So, we've come up with some alternatives for you.

On Thursday mornings, there will be a women's group going through the Saturate workbook alongside our normal Thursday morning women's gathering. Come if you can.
I know of at least one house church who has agreed to walk through the workbook together. If your house church folks can't come on Wednesday nights, consider using the Saturate Field Guide as your curriculum for the coming season.
If none of these options work for ya, gather a few others and do the workbook together.

   All that to say, we think everyone will benefit from going through this material. So I encourage everyone to think of ways you can experience this journey with the Wednesday night crew.

Blessings,