2019 has arrived. What will this year hold for us? Only God knows for sure. But, let me share a few possibilities with you.
Worship Ministry – Over one year ago, you elected the Worship Ministry Assessment and Search Committee (WMASC). Cory Leman serves as the Chair and Sylvia Nichols is the Vice-Chair. Josh Stowe and I meet with this committee as well.
These folks have been hard at work. I am very proud of them. You received a survey from them and hundreds of you responded. The committee took your recommendations to heart.
This committee brought a very significant recommendation to you earlier in 2018. The recommendation was to establish two Minister of Worship positions. The church approved this overwhelmingly. Consequently, the committee has been searching for two folks: one to be primarily responsible for leading our Classic Worship expressions and the other to lead our Contemporary Worship expressions.
You will be updated on their work as Cory has drafted a document to be distributed to the church next week. You can read it online at www.fbca.org/wmasc. Please keep these folks in your prayers as they conduct the search for these two ministers. We hope to have these two leaders in place in early 2019.
Preschool/Children’s Education Building – Work on this building has been progressing nicely. You have been able to observe the progress each week. The inside of the building is really beginning to take shape. It is exciting to see it coming together.
On Wednesday evening of this week, many of you participated in a prayer walk inside the building. The momentum is growing as we anticipate moving into the building sometime this summer.
Main Building Renovation – Once the Preschool Ministry has been fully moved to the new facility, we will be ready to begin the renovation of our Main Education Building. We are beginning discussions now about how that will take place. We are going to be providing quality Education space for our Senior Adults on the first floor. We also have some flexibility in designing new space to meet our growing ministry needs. I am truly excited about this part of the project.
Holy Week in Downtown – Plans are being developed for a special emphasis during Holy Week 2019. We will be sponsoring a Luncheon each day for our Downtown community. We will also host a Worship Service in the Sanctuary each day at noon. You are all welcome to attend the Worship Service. We have invited several local pastors to lead the services each day. Here is our lineup: Eric Herrstrom (Pastor at Lake Arlington Baptist), Jason Paredes (Pastor at Fielder Church), Michael Evans (Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist in Mansfield), James P. Thompson (Pastor at Mt. Olive Baptist) – and me! Join me in praying for this emphasis as we seek to share the Easter Message with the folks who live and work in Downtown Arlington.
So – the journey continues. I am truly grateful for all God accomplished in and through our church in 2018. But, I am anticipating a meaningful year in ministry ahead!