In case you were not aware, Pastor Gary Beatty tendered his resignation effective October 5, 2021. The Elders reluctantly accepted his resignation, but understood that he felt God was calling him to a different type of ministry. We ask for your prayers for Pastor Gary and his family during this transition.
I'm sure you might wonder, where does that leave First Church? During a recent Sunday School lesson, the topic of discussion was change. It is clear that most people do not like change, yet God expects us to change and grow… physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This holds true for individuals and the Church, both the worldwide church of Christianity as well as the local church on the corner. Change is not to be feared. Change is addressed many times in the Bible. Ecclesiastes 3: 1 says, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:" Change can be difficult, yet necessary for growth. So how do we navigate the inevitable change? The answer comes from the Word of God. "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."( Deuteronomy 31: 8 )
As part of our change, First Church will be starting the youth Sunday School again. We have trained and dedicated teachers lined up to teach, along with a solid curriculum that follows the same lessons geared towards different age groups. Our prayer is that we can get this started before the end of November.
This newsletter page will be written by an elder for the foreseeable future, while the church transitions towards another pastor. If you every have any questions or concerns, please reach out to one of the elders, or contact the church office. The message will get to one of us.
Please keep First Church and its leaders in your prayers. With God's grace and blessing, we will come out of this stronger and more focused on His will.
I leave you with one final word, not mine, but those of the Apostle Paul , given to him by the Lord : Hebrews 13: 8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." And therein lies our hope for the future.