3601 Fulton Mill Road Macon, Georgia 31206
FROM THE PASTOR:
My family and I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love showed to us since dad was called home. The food, cards, emails, texts, phone calls, gift cards and visits have meant more than I could ever put into words. Know also your presence at dad's visitation and service was a source of great encouragement to our hearts. All of us in the family have felt very loved and cared for. Know also with certainly that God's grace and presence is proving sufficient. What a God we serve!
Dad left big shoes to fill. I pray with God's help to one day rise to be the half the man my dad was.
I want to encourage everyone to start the new year off by making a fresh commitment to be faithful to the worship services here at FEC. I realize many things call out for our attention on weekends. Work can get overwhelming and our lives can get so busy. I also recognize that all of us on occasion need rest and much needed time away. Having said that we all also need the fellowship and encouragement that comes from meeting with our church family on Sundays. Our children need a legacy of regular church attendance if they are to follow in our foot steps. I pray that everyone will commit with God's help to be more faithful to meet for worship on Sundays.
It is also a goal of mine for 2015 to see a higher percentage of our congregation attending a small group on Sunday mornings and/or Wednesday nights. I pray each of you will consider arriving a little earlier on Sunday mornings at 9 am and begin attending one of the classes that meet in the education building and FLC. We have classes for all ages from nursery through our Golden Heirs group. The children and youth really enjoy their classes and, at the same time, learn so much about the Lord. There are five adult classes including one for young adults that meets in the classroom across from the SS office, the Truthseekers class that meets in the room next to library, a singles class that meets in a room on the back hall of the education building, the Pathfinders group that meets in the room next to the youth room in the FLC and the Believing Crusaders (seniors) group that meets across the hallway from the children's church room. Contact me, or, SS small group leader, Randy Woodard, if you have any questions. We will be happy to help you get connected.
On Wednesday nights we also have age appropriate groups meeting from nursery age through adults. Sandy, Marcia and their volunteers lead our Pioneer Clubs ministry for children where much fun and good teaching is taking place. Sandy and Marcia could always use more volunteers. See them as God stirs your heart to do so. Layne works with our middle school
group back in the FLC. Most nights the middle school group and the youth meet together in the youth room. Taylor Carter is doing an amazing job leading our youth. It is so encouraging to hear about the good things taking place back in the youth room on Wednesday nights. We also have some really good adult studies taking place on Wednesday nights. Leigh Ann leads a Bible study for women on Wednesday nights in the Truthseekers classroom where the ladies will start a new study, The 7 Experiment, by Jen Hatmaker this Wednesday night. Keith Harvey leads the mens group in the Believing Crusaders classroom. The men are just completing a study of the book of Romans with plans to next go through the book of Hebrews.
I lead the prayer meeting group in the choir room. We will have a question and answer time this Wednesday night and are tentatively planning to start a new study on the book of Revelation next Wednesday night.
The relationships formed with other believers in these small groups on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights are long lasting and endearing. We all grow closer to the Lord and each other when we regularly attend a small group. I prayerfully encourage everyone in our church family to make the extra effort to attend one of the small groups on Sunday morning and/or Wednesday night.
Still believing God for good days ahead for us at FEC. Know you are loved much by your pastor!