Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year

Every year we hear it said: “Can you believe it is the Christmas season already?” I’ve never understood the element of surprise considering that each year we start preparing for the Christmas celebration in October! I’m excited to experience my first FBC Advent/Christmas season. I’ve enjoyed listening to the excitement in people’s voices as they talk about all that we do during this season. Truly, the Advent/Christmas season is special to the life and ministry of FBC. I hope you will look through the newsletter and mark down the events at First Baptist Church that you want to be sure to partake in. From the Christmas craft night to the Christmas Eve service there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the coming of Christ, and to be one with us.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” — John 1:14

My family and I want to wish all of you a very blessed Advent/Christmas season. May the hope, peace, joy and love of the season be known by you and all your families.

While the turkey and all the trimmings may have been pushed to the back of the refrigerator by now and are probably in need of being thrown out, it is never too late to continue to say thank you for all that you do in ministry. As we bring 2018 to a close, I want you to know that your leadership has worked hard to ensure that the ministry of FBC continues even in this time of transition. I especially want to thank Pastor Chris and Pastor Peter and our support staff for making me feel at home here, and helping me understand all that you do in ministry through FBC. I want to thank the staff and volunteers of the Drop-In Ministry for their hard work and dedication to being the living presence of Christ in this community.

Thank you to the leadership of the Executive Committee and all the ministry teams which have stepped up to ensure that the ministry continues. A special word of thank you goes to the work of the stewardship/budget committee. I am writing this article before all the pledge cards have been returned, but I am confident that you have all shared a generous and faithful response to underwrite the ministry that has been entrusted into our care. Thank you for looking beyond the dollars and cents of ministry to see the lives that are touched through the ministry of this congregation.

I would encourage you to make a special effort to come out for the annual meeting on December 9. Two very important issues for the future life of the congregation will be discussed and voted on. The 2019 ministry budget will be presented for your consideration and vote. Also, to be presented at the annual meeting will be the nominations for church leadership in 2019. The nominating committee is also prepared to bring before the congregation, for a vote, the nominations for the pastoral search committee. Please keep this very important meeting in your prayers.

I close with this prayer thought from a colleague of mine: “Dear Lord, I need to know you are with us. Help me this Christmas to know more than I have ever known before, that you have come and that we can always live in the conscious enjoyment of your presence.”

— Rev. Sam Brink