The beginning of the calendar year is a natural time to take stock, reflect upon the year that was, and to set goals and intentions for the year ahead. It doesn’t take very long at all to be thrust out of that reflective and developmental mindset, and drawn back onto the treadmill of to-do lists, calendars, emails, and busyness. We are only fifteen days in, and many of us may feel like we are already behind!
That said, I am going to invite you to stay in that posture of reflection and assessment for just a little bit longer as we take stock of all the Lord has accomplished in us and through us as a Jesus community in 2023. This has been a wonderful season of heart transforming work in our church community, and it is right that we both acknowledge it and give God gratitude for it.
The past 12 months have seen wonderful progress made in the life and ministry of our congregation and especially with regard to the four new ministry initiatives that comprise a part of the All IN campaign. Because of your willingness to offer your energies and talents to the mission of First Presbyterian Church, and your sacrificial financial commitments to empower the ministry of the congregation, we have seen great progress over the course of 2023.
There are two important gatherings for our congregation in the coming weeks and I want to invite you to them both:
On January 28th we will have our next Information and Participation session for an ALL IN initiative. This time we will hear from the Identifiable Communities leadership team about the vision for this ministry, the work that lies ahead, and how you can play a role in making a powerful impact on our ability to form substantive, meaningful relationships rooted in Jesus Christ. These sessions will follow the conclusion of the cCassic and Modern services on the 28th.
On February 4th there will be one worship service at 10am. Following the service all are invited to participate in the First Pres Vision Event and Annual Meeting. We’ll share lunch together, review all that God has done in our community in 2023, and look ahead to the vision of First Pres. You’ll hear important updates, exciting stories, and I promise you’ll be encouraged.
You will also have the opportunity on February 4th to meet First Pres’ new Senior Director of Family Ministries, Jen Bradbury. Jen is an amazingly gifted and deeply experienced leader. She is going to be a blessing to our congregation in ways I can only imagine! I cannot wait to introduce her to you and vice-versa. We have been waiting for years for someone like Jen to come along, and I am thrilled that the Lord has called her to serve among us.
This is such an exciting time to be a part of the First Pres community. I am looking forward with anticipation to the event on February 4th, and to being alongside you all in the year ahead.