Dear Church Family

Viclav Havel who was President of the Czech Republic and quite the writer and philosopher as well as a committed Christian said this: “The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”  I think, in a sense this is what the Apostle Paul was trying to say in our passage in Colossians.  Specifically in verse 28 where he says; “…we may present everyone mature in Christ…..”  The person who seeks spiritually maturity does so for various reasons, one being that he/she is uncomfortable or dare I say disgusted, with his/her spiritual immaturity.  So, they press on toward the “mystery which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.”  These are Christians who are not comfortable with just knowing the meaning of their Christian lives, as described in this passage in Colossians but that they are in fact moved and motivated to pursue God with radical love and reckless abandon.  In short, they are “bothered” by mediocrity in their own lives and so they seek to; “…reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ….”

I hope and pray this describes you.

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As I said Sunday morning, what a bummer it was to cancel the church picnic.  But that did not deter us from baptizing Zach Foltz.  I wish we could have broadcast that to all of you at home, because it was very special.  Shelby, Zach’s wife, joined me in the baptismal and together we baptized her husband.  If there was anyone most influential and responsible for leading Zach to Christ, it was Shelby.  I hope that serves as a reminder to any of you who have partners who are not Christians, that your dedication to Christ and commitment to walking in the Spirit speaks volumes to your partner or spouse and may just be the difference in their decision to trust Christ.

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Announcements:

  1. Office Hours: 
    1. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-1pm. You can call the church office and leave a message or you can also reach me at 703-405-7881 (cell). Or via email:  seapadre24@gmail.com
    2. When Judy is not here I am often in the office, so feel free to stop and check to see if I am.
  1. Remember in prayer:
    1. Ashley Mallory who is recovering from a blood infection.
    2. Members of our church family facing surgeries and other life issues.
    3. All our frontline workers, in and out of our church, who work hard each day serving and protecting us during this pandemic.

 

I love you all,

Pastor Frank