By Jeff and Catherine Lusk
We are very excited about our future at FPC as members. I know many of you were thinking, "Weren't they already members?". In truth, we probably should have been a long time ago, but we never took the time to attend the classes.
Catherine has attended FPC since she was an infant and I started going to FPC as a Networker (Summer Intern) in 2009. We were married in the sanctuary in September 2011. After we married, we jumped around churches between The Bridge (where I grew up) and New Covenant trying to find a place where we felt at home. While those churches were great in their own way, we never really felt like we connected with the congregations.
A couple of years ago we started to attend First Pres again and I started helping out with the 5th-6th graders. First Pres felt like home, but we still did not jump into the commitment of becoming members. We were not against it, but never put much thought into it either. In today's culture, commitment is not valued and being passive church goers is easy. We see membership as a deeper engagement with the church which means investing our love, time, and energy to this body. We had talked about becoming members for a little while and then when we saw that a class was starting a few Sundays ago, we just went.
We have truly been blessed by our family at First Pres and felt God calling us to take our relationship with FPC to the next level. We really enjoyed the membership class because we learned more about what it means to be Presbyterian here at FPC. We also had the opportunity to get to know new friends whom we may not have met otherwise. We are not sure what God has in store for us, but are excited to join in the mission of FPC to further God's kingdom.
Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this, that he began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."