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A Note From Pastor David

by Pastor David Alexander
A Note From Pastor David

Dear First Family,

This weekend we bring a brand new series entitled, Rooted. Over the course of the next five weeks, we will be looking back at the work done in the 18th century by two brothers, John and Charles Wesley, who awakened a movement that eventually gave birth to Methodism.

This is an important series that I do not want you to miss. While the focus of our series will be on a better understanding of the roots of Methodism, we are intentionally doing this at an important moment within the United Methodist denomination.

February 23-26, delegates from United Methodist churches from all around the world will be gathering in St. Louis, Missouri for a called session of what we call our General Conference. The gathering of this main legislative body of the United Methodist Church is specifically focused on addressing the impasse within our denomination around issues of human sexuality.

And I understand that may raise some questions for you…

With that in mind, I will be hosting four Town Hall gatherings for the sake of ensuring you feel well informed about the work of General Conference and responding to any questions that you might have. All these gatherings will take place in our Chapel and those dates and times are:

  • February 10th at 3:00 pm
  • February 13th at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • February 17th at 3:00 pm  

This weekend we will also be highlighting our ministry of support and care for those affected by cancer. Resources and information will be available in the atrium as well as God isBig Enough bracelets in a various assortment of colors relating to cancer. For more information, visit our website.

Finally, this Sunday at noon, our 2019 Confirmation class will begin. This 
ten-week class, beginning this Sunday is focused on walking students through the basics of the Christian faith, equipping them to take ownership of their faith journey, giving them a chance to profess their faith and become full members of our church.

If you have a 6th grader don't allow them to miss this opportunity! There is still time to register your child here!

The names of students currently registered for Confirmation are listed below. I want to ask you to join me in praying for each of them in the coming weeks. I have also included a prayer you can pray for each of them based on Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 3:14-19.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor David

A Prayer for our Confirmands based on Ephesians 3:14-19
(Insert the name of confirmand)

Today, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen _________ with power through his Spirit in ___________  inner being, so that Christ may dwell in _______________ through faith.

And I pray that ___________, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that __________ may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. AMEN.

 

Names of Confirmands

Jake Anderson                       Hannah Mabe                 Peyton Salinas
Sophie Blackburn                   Eva Marcucci                  Jordan Scott
Sydney Bolton                       Isabella Martin                Madelynn Sheffield
Tyler Conrad                         Nathaniel Martin              Grace Sims
Allen Crabtree                       James McAmis                 Megan Snyder
Jackson Dyer                        Averyann Moore               Claire Soward
Abigail Erlandsen                   Alyssa Morton                  Will Stanton
Samantha Ferguson               Lucas Neef                      Lillian Stoglin
Audrey Fortner                      Mason Nickens                 William Thompson
Jewel Foster                          Aidan Noyes                    Andrew Thornhill
Ty Gery                                Preston O'Loughlin            Lauren Tonihka
Tyler Hardin                          Mark Onyango                  Thijs van Beurden
Alyssa Harding                      Sophia Patterson               Carson Vogelsang
Alexander Hazen                   Gracyn Peatrowsky            Katie Marie Warren
Blake Hinerman                     Kate Phillips                      Robert Warren
Story Johnson                       Roxye Pierce                     Cole Weatherford
Kaitly Keel                            Hailey Plumlee                   Trey Yacenda
Kylie Key                              Andrew Price                     Emma Young
Maelynn Lovelace                  Sawyer Roberts