This week marks the church’s “back to school” days. Sunday will be our annual Rally Day when we transition from the more relaxed days of summer to the energetic bustle of autumn. Apparently the weather does not plan to cooperate as it promises to be warm this weekend and summer is likely to linger for a few more weeks. Still, we will be gearing up for a full church year of educational opportunity for children, youth and adults.
We are particularly blessed to have two fine interns coming to work with us this “school year” and they will both begin this Sunday. Be sure to give a warm FBCPA welcome to Naomi Shultz (from Pacific School of Religion) and Doug Davidson (from the American Baptist Seminary of the West.) Pastor Tripp and I are both excited to be working with these students and trust that you will, too.
Sunday’s focus will be on Hebrews 11 and the theme “We’ve Come this Far by Faith,” as we celebrate the “great cloud of witnesses” whose legacy is FBCPA. We will celebrate our 120th anniversary in worship and at a potluck cook out afterwards. We’ve been digging in the archives and have found some pretty interesting historical material to share with you. Thanks especially to Marilyn Hunwick, our chief sleuth. We will also consider what it means for us to take faith and hope from our forebears in order to “run the race that is set before US.”
Come at 10 AM for worship and stay for the potluck cook out afterwards. Bring someone along to share the day with you. See you then.
May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.