A Word from Pastor Dan

The Apostle Paul began his letter to the believers in Rome by saying in verse 8, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all!” I would like to begin my newsletter comments the same way. I thank God for all of you here at the Fellowship @ Field Store. Avonell and I have now been here for about 4 months serving as your interim pastor. I thank God for the kindness you have shown us and how you have welcomed us into your midst. I apologize that I continue to struggle with everyone’s names, but I am making slow progress in that area.

I am thankful for the Spirit of Unity that I feel and observe in our congregation. When we read the beautiful prayer of Jesus to His Father in John, Chapter 17, Jesus prayed this way in verse 21; “that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” Jesus says in that verse that the world will become believers when they see the unity in the church is like the unity between the Father and Son. We must protect and increase the unity within our church if we ever want to reach our lost loved ones, neighbors, students, etc.

I am thankful for your willingness to work. In a few weeks we will be looking at the faithful church (Philadelphia) in Revelation Chapter 3. Jesus told that church in verse 8, “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied my name.” This verse tells us that God opens doors for churches that have a little strength. God says to those churches that are willing to work that I will open doors of opportunity that no man can shut. I have observed your willingness to work in all the labor that went into preparing and conducting vacation bible school. I have observed it here on Wednesday nights when many people pitch in to prepare a meal and then do clean up. I see it on Tuesdays when the ladies are here working the food pantry. It is evident among Pastor Joseph and those who work with our students. There are nursery workers, Sunday school teachers, and on and on we could go. Thank you for all your efforts and work for His Kingdom and His church.

I am thankful for God’s Spirit and His Presence as He meets with us when we gather to worship. Sunday was a great day as we had Trey come for baptism and share his testimony. Then we had the great fellowship meal and the gospel singing. Thanks Cathy for playing the piano and leading us in the gospel singing. The ladies that gathered around the piano made a great ladies choir! Again, it was a blessed day!

I have already heard many good things from our students and chaperones that went to youth camp. I look forward to hearing from then in our worship service this Sunday.

We are in the process of asking members to continue or fill positions in the church for the coming year. When we have our member’s meeting on Sunday afternoon, August 26, we will be voting to confirm members and positions. Please consider where God would have you serve in the coming year and let us know your willingness to be used.

Let’s continue to pray for God’s blessing and direction for His church. As we learned in the letter to the church at Thytira on Sunday, their later works were more than their first. May that also be said of The Fellowship at Field Store!

In His Service, Pastor Dan