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A Note From Pastor Shea

by Pastor Shea Reyenga
A Note From Pastor Shea

Dear First Family,

I want to take a moment to encourage you in your walk with God. Our lives are busy and there are so many voices and frequencies that flood through our ears and occupy our minds. I pray you’re able to take time to listen to and differentiate God’s voice over all of the others. Our proximity to the power that gives us life, the power that saves us, isn’t an issue. The very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is within us. It’s often our unwillingness to take time and hear from God that keeps us from receiving the extravagant gifts he offers daily. 

Pastor Pete Greig founded the 24/7 prayer movement that began in the UK and has now spread to many countries all over the world. He’s the Lead Pastor of Emmaus Rd Church in Guilford, England. A team from First Methodist went to the New Room Conference a few weeks ago and were blessed to hear him speak. One of the things he said was, “A healthy prayer life isn’t about praying big prayers occasionally, but simple prayers continually.” By increasing the frequency with which we pray, study God’s word, and share life together in community, we stay in tune to hear God’s voice. I encourage you to find a rhythm where you are able to pray simple prayers continually. 

If this is a season for you to take the next step in your faith journey and serve, or you’ve been intentionally looking for new opportunities to serve and grow deeper, please be mindful of the following:

Our new series, Story, begins this weekend. I want to invite you to be present in worship over the next several weeks as we dive into learning more about what it means for each of us to have a story. I also want to challenge all of you to follow along with our sermon-based small group curriculum that coincides with this series. Whether you are part of a small group already or looking to start one, this is an excellent resource to help process this series. If you'd like help forming or finding a group, please contact me.  

Our second load of pumpkins will be here THIS SATURDAY, October 19th at 9:00 am, and we need help unloading all of these fresh pumpkins on to our patch. This is a family-friendly event that would be a huge help for our Student Ministry department. For more information about the pumpkin patch and this second unloading, go to fmcm.org/pumpkinpatch    

For those of you who will be out of town this weekend, I want to encourage you to worship with us and continue your giving online.

I thank God for you and praise Him for your faithfulness to the gospel. I look forward to seeing you around campus this weekend. 


Grace and Peace in Christ,
Pastor Shea