We are Go for Launch!
As the clock wound down for all NASA launches, the Launch Director would conduct the final check with all parties involved in the launch process. Each responsible party would give a verbal response of “no” or “go” for launch. Once all systems were cleared, the Launch Director would declare, “We are go for launch.”
For over six years, I lived in Huntsville, Alabama where the Marshall Space Flight Center is located. That team of NASA engineers was in charge of preparing all launches – in concert with the Johnson Space Center in Houston. I learned a lot about rocket science in those days! I did learn how important it was to prepare for a good and safe launch!
So, we have launched Vision 2020 . . .!
January of 2020 has begun, and our new era of ministry has launched. I am truly excited and am anticipating all God has for us in this new year in particular and a new season in general.
JANUARY 12 – You don’t want to miss this Sunday. I will be preaching a message from Acts 4 entitled, Love at Work in a Community in both of our morning worship services. We will continue to explore our new theme for 2020: LOVE: What our world needs now is . . . Love! We will have a gathering of a number of leaders in the Fellowship Hall right after church for the launching of our new Acts 11 Ministry. Gunnar Johnson, our stewardship consultant, will be here to guide us in the initiation of this new ministry. Our own Cory Leman will be our new Acts 11 Coordinator. You will be hearing more about this ministry in the very near future.
Baptism Service – We will convene at 4:00pm in the Sanctuary for a special Baptism Service. We have a number of folks to be baptized in this service. What a great way to start the year and launch our vision!
Prayer Walk – At the conclusion of the Baptism Service, we will prayer-walk our campus as a church family. Ministers and their representatives will be positioned across the campus to help you as you pray over the ministries of our church. We have produced a Prayer Guide to assist you in praying that day —– and in praying for the entire year for our ministries. It will be a truly meaningful time of prayer and reflection. You can walk and pray as families, friend groups, Sunday School Classes, small groups, committees, ministry teams —- however you would like to do it. We will conclude by gathering at the Levitt Pavilion to pray over our city.
GLIMPSE AHEAD – January and February are packed full of special events and services as we launch 2020. Here is a glimpse ahead:
JANUARY 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical Service – 6:00pm in our Sanctuary
JANUARY 24-26 – Wake Up Weekend at First Baptist Arlington
JANUARY 26 – HIGH ATTENDANCE DAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
JANUARY 27-29 – Winter Bible Study – Study of 1 John
10:00-11:30am in the Fellowship Hall each day
FEBRUARY 2 – Todd Still, Dean of Truett Seminary, Guest Preacher
FEBRUARY 16 – Consecration of Marriage in both Morning Worship Services
Parent/Child Dedication in both Morning Worship Services
FEBRUARY 23 – Single Adult Emphasis in both Morning Worship Services
FEBRUARY 26 – Ash Wednesday Service in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm
So, we are “GO FOR LAUNCH” here at First Baptist Arlington!