The Wisdom of Pooh and other thoughts…

Last summer there was a new Winnie- the- Pooh movie titled, Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor. It has all the Winnie-the-Pooh characters that we have come to love over the years. At one point in the movie, Pooh makes this statement: “I always get where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.” As we continue to journey through the new year, we are in a sense “walking away from where we have been.” I am looking forward to walking with you in this new year.

I must commend you for hanging in there during this time of transition. Walking away from where you have been is not always easy. I shared at last month’s Diaconate meeting that I am so impressed with the staff you have put in place here. They have not missed a beat in keeping the ministry of FBC alive and strong. The same is true of the leadership you have elected to oversee the ministry. They have worked hard to make sure that the message of God’s good news through Christ is shared in our community as well as around the world. Please remember to share a word of appreciation to our staff and leadership. Also, be sure to keep them in your prayers as they continue to walk into the new year.

As you have probably noticed during the last month, we have been in the midst of renovating the kitchen area. While the renovation has been a big inconvenience in a lot of ways, I know that it will enable the church to enjoy all their meal events for a long time to come. A special thank you to the staff and volunteers of the Drop-In Center who have had to be very creative as they have continued to prepare meals every Monday and Thursday without the aid of an on-site kitchen. With the completion of the renovation, we will once again return to our normal meal schedule. I hope you will join us on Wednesday nights for a meal and study, and don’t forget our fellowship meal every third Sunday.

As we walk through this new year, I want to invite you to think about volunteering some of your time to help us carry out our weekly ministry. I have heard repeatedly how much people love the fellowship time after worship. We need volunteers to help make this happen. If you are interested, please talk to Leslie Cody. We also need people who can help with worship by reading scripture. If you would like to volunteer to read, contact the pastoral staff or the office.

We all know how blessed we are to have a choir sharing in our worship each Sunday. This is an excellent time to join the choir. The choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:30. There is a choir robe waiting for you.
We have walked away from the Advent/Christmas season into the season of Epiphany. We have been in conversation about how God reveals his Son Jesus to the world. I would invite you to join us for worship and to be part of the conversation.

— Pastor Sam Brink