“Well, do you think we are going to make it?”
A good friend and fellow servant of Jesus stopped by my study to say “Hi.” After I assured her that eventually we would make it through all the challenges associated generally with 2020, and specifically with Weatherford’s First Baptist Church, she went on to say, “Every time I think about all the mess that is going on, I pray for you.” She explained that the decisions I had to make seemed like they could be overwhelming. I agreed before we chatted a bit about pheasant hunting and funerals.
During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank all of you for your prayers on behalf of the church staff. I am finishing up 38 years of full-time ministry next month. In many ways, this has been the most challenging year I have ever faced. My weekly routine, that included in-home visitation, vanished like an Italian Creme cake in my refrigerator. Our budget was cut over a quarter of a million dollars for 2021 in order to keep spending more in line with giving. I rarely see some friends that I used to see often. I have preached 25 funerals this year. That translates into many members struggling with massive amounts of grief.
Which brings me back to the focus of this Thanksgiving article for 2020. I am thankful for your prayers. The effectual, fervent, prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much. Many members are not comfortable being in the building. I understand and support each one of you. Prayers can be offered by believers and heard by God for anywhere. Thanks for interceding on behalf of the staff as we seek to shepherd this wonderful church.
In John 10, Jesus said that a hired hand leaves the sheep when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches the sheep and scatters them. You are blessed to have a staff made up of those who care about you and want God’s best for you. We will not turn tail and run just because the going has gotten a bit rough. We are standing beside you because we love you and because you are praying for us.
We are going to make it! It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy, but God will use this mess to advance His kingdom and bless His people. Thanks again for your prayers.
I love you, Earl
- Sundays Sermon “The Promised Messiah” Isaiah 9:1-7
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- NO Gathering Service, TeamKIDS, or University Meal until January 13
- The Church Office will be closed Wednesday, November 25 – Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving
- December 20 & December 27 – NO LifeGroups / Worship Only at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Childcare available for Birth – 3 year olds)
- Virtual Christmas Eve Service will be posted on the Church website, youtube, and Facebook on December 24 at 5:00 p.m. Provide your own communion elements.
- Feel free to continue and watch the FBC Sunday Morning Worship Services live streamed on Facebook at 9:00 a.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com at 11:00 a.m., or listen at noon on 95.5 FM The Coyote