God's People


God's PeopleOnce more, let me thank everyone for your kind and thoughtful support for me and my family on the death of my sister. I spent four days in Idaho with my family. We had a remembrance of Joan’s life on Thursday afternoon. It was good to have time with family and friends. Thank you for the love and compassion that I experience from the folk in our community here at FBCPA. This is a good place to “hang my hat.”

I was also appreciative of the spirit of hope and future-focus in our Quarterly Business Meeting. Your confidence in the work of our Associate Pastor Search Committee and Church Council is also much appreciated. As we reported Sunday, we are in conversation with a candidate about whom we are very excited. I hope to have something definite to report to you soon. Also, I think most of you aware that we are looking for a half time Office Manager/Building Supervisor. If you know of anyone who might be interested and qualified, please let me know or have them contact me directly.

This Sunday our key word is “partnership.” What does it mean, what does it look like for us to be in partnership with one another, with the wider church, with our larger community, with God, with Christ, with the Holy Spirit? How do we work together to make real the Beloved Community of God? Especially, how do we do this work and live out our witness in these troubled times when so much seems to threaten the shalom, the peace, the justice, the well-being that God desires for all creation? We will look at a text from the book of Acts about how people came together in the life and work of the early church to see if it has a word of direction for us today.

In Adult Spiritual Formation we will begin a seven part series from the producers of the “Living the Questions” curriculum that we studied several years ago. This new series is entitled, “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth.” Each session includes a twenty minute video featuring theologians and thinkers such as Philip Clayton, Rachel Held Evans, Matthew Fox, John Shelby Spong and Bruce Sanguin, whose beautiful prayers from If Darwin Prayed, we have used a number of times in worship. I believe this will be an exciting and challenging study for us

Please plan to be here by 10:00 AM for worship for the whole family with communion, followed by Adult Spiritual Formation. What better time to bring others along to share in the life of our community than this blessed Easter season?

May we continue to grow together as God’s people.

Pastor Rick  


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