"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
The Bible is clear that we should study the Word of God. It is given to us for direction, for correction, and as a guide to how we should live. The Bible was not given to only increase our knowledge. The Bible was given to change our lives. You only believe the part of the Bible that you do. God has called us to feed on the Word of God but there comes a time when we have to take off the bib and put on the apron. Eating without exercising is very dangerous for your health. Studying God's Word without putting it into practice is not what God called us to do.
The Fee Fee family did an outstanding job once again in honoring Dr. Joe Pewitt at his retirement reception last Sunday night. Dr. Joe has served as Senior Adult Director and church counselor for 15 years. He has blessed our church in so many ways. He and Marilyn have gone above and beyond to do whatever is necessary to minister to our senior adults and our internationals. Dr. Joe and Marilyn will continue to be a very active part of our Fee Fee family. Thank you, Dr. Joe, for being a man of integrity and such a great and wonderful help to our church and to me. God bless you.
Pray for Gloria Fox as she takes over as Interim Senior Adult Director. Gloria has done many Bible studies for the seniors over the past years and knows them very well. I look forward to the excitement that she will bring to this position. Please pray for her and that God will bless our seniors in many wonderful ways.
2016 is going to bring some exciting opportunities for Fee Fee. In a world that is so busy, we are attempting to look at all of our church programs and deciding how we can best do those things that are most effective. Your ministers will be hosting several meetings this spring for various parts of the church family to inform them of a process called Simple Church. It is a process of looking at how we do ministry and simplifying it to make it the very best that we can. We need your help to make this successful. The first meeting will be a brunch on Saturday, January 30th. We will be inviting the Deacons and their wives, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Personnel Committee to that meeting. More meetings will follow.
We will be asking for volunteers to serve on subgroups to look at different areas of our church and how we can do a better job at reaching people for Jesus Christ. I am excited about the opportunity we have and I believe that God is going to do a great work through our church family in 2016. I pray that you will begin now to ask what part God might have you play in this very important journey.
I will be returning to Ukraine with five people from our church to do construction work at the seminary in L’viv. Pray for John Harris, John Bell, Dave and Donna Potts, Steve Middendorf and me. We will leave on the 13th and return on the 24th. This is our second construction trip and the work will be hard but rewarding.
2016 will be a year of excitement and change. Put on the apron and come join us.
See you in church,