January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018

Happy New Year!  As we turn the page on the calendar we cannot help but look back over the events of the past year and contemplate the joys and sorrows, the victories and setbacks, plans made …some complete and some yet incomplete.   We rejoiced in prayers answered.  We grieved the loss of loved ones and yet through it all we were compelled to confess that “God is good all the time”.  Now we move forward into a new year with a reliance of God and a focus on our First Love, Jesus Christ.  We will not shrink back from the tasks ahead but in obedience will strive to honor God in all we do.  Worship, discipleship, fellowship, outreach, and missions will continue to be our core focus for the coming year.   


There are a lot of exciting things planned for this year.  We start phase III of our new building and along with that will host work teams from many different places.  I challenge every person to put their hands to this work either in building or ministering to those who are.  Let’s receive those who come to us in a manner worthy of the saints (Rom 16:2).  We as a church must also continue to reach out and share the love of Christ in our community. Continue to support this work through your offerings as well.  Let’s determine to finish strong.  What God had done among us is truly amazing and remember to praise Him for it all!


             As we consider the New Year we cannot foresee all that it will bring but we must keep our focus on the Lord, continue to grow in our understanding of His Word, and allow His light to shine through us that others will be drawn to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Ask how will God work in me, in my family, or in His Church?  Linda shared the following poem with me several years ago and I still think it is a challenging way for Fairview Loop to start this New Year.


This Is My Church

(Author: anonymous)


It is composed of people like me.

We make it what it is. 


I want it to be a church that is a

lamp to the path of pilgrims,

leading them to goodness, truth and beauty. 

…It will be, if I am.


It will be friendly,

…if I am.


Its pews will be filled,

…if I help to fill them.


It will do a great work,

…if I work.


It will make generous gifts to many causes,

…if I am a generous giver.


It will bring other people into the worship and fellowship,

…if I bring them in.


 Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the

 task of being all of the things that I want my church to be.

  September 2018