There is a lot happening in the world right now and it is easy to get caught up in watching the news and social media to get the latest updates. It is overwhelming and can be time consuming if we let it overtake every moment. It is important to stay updated but limiting your news and social media intake is good for the soul. Instead, pick up your bible, a devotion, pray and reconnect with your family, friends and most importantly to God. God promises to "never leave us nor forsake us" (Hebrews 13:5) and in times of crisis that promise holds true. I am also reminder of 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind". Keep these verses in your mind and heart. Maybe write them down and put them somewhere that you can see them each day for a reminder. Hold strong to that claim that Pastor Linda reminded us about in a sermon of hers some time ago, "We are named and claimed children of God"! During this time of uncertainty, it is important for us as Christians to be praying for what is currently happening in the world but also for our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Leadership Team, Pastors and staff at First Baptist are committed to each one of you and making sure that we stay connected to each other as well as connected to the Holy Spirit that gives us guidance each day. We are upholding each of you in prayer daily as we ask you do the same for the Leadership Team as well as our Pastors and staff. It may be several more weeks until we are physically together again but once we are together, we will have lots to celebrate! During this time of the Spring season, which is a time of rebirth, renewal, love, hope and growth, it is a time for us to do the same individually and collectively. Think of us as a caterpillar in its cocoon waiting to emerge and have our own rebirth and renewal. Just as Jesus emerged from the tomb changed and alive, we too will emerge from our homes changed and filled with the Spirit. We will be filled with a sense of rebirth, renewal, love and hope. That hope that God provides to us through His word and through our brothers and sisters is the hope we need to know that we will be together again soon. We are here for you and only a phone call, text or even a Zoom meeting away.
Love and prayers to you all,
Lois and Adam
Leadership Team Co-Chair - Lois Dinsmore & Adam Buck Paul Forte Rev. George Hawthorne Tom Tamburello Doug Lee- Treasurer Eufemio Pagan- Treasurer Vanel Perry- Church Clerk
Current Ministry Team and Circle Leaders Congregational Care - Leila Morgan Finance and Insurance - John Dinsmore Food Pantry - Bill & Norma Wright Hospitality - Margaret Smith Properties and Grounds/Trustees - John Dinsmore Q-Munity- Sandy Lehr Garden: Joan Scharff PRISM: Bev Allegretti