Things are Happening Down at Your Church!
Greetings from First Baptist Arlington!
Can I just tell you —- stuff is happening at FBCA!! These are busy days across the life of our church. As I mentioned to you on Sunday morning, we are in a phase of facility restoration. We just dedicated our new Children’s Building on September 8. What a great day!
Today, the construction team is on our campus to begin the process of repairing and replacing our steeple. Since Easter Sunday of 1947, this steeple has had an iconic place in the Downtown Arlington skyline. It will be restored to its original copper design. I love it!
We are in planning meetings for the other projects I mentioned on Sunday morning: Third Floor repair/restoration, Student Building restoration, and the completion of our Blessing the Generations Phase 1 project—-the First Floor of the Main Building. It is truly exciting to see all of this progress being made.
Our church occupies 6 ½ blocks in Downtown Arlington. We are in the heart of this community —– and have been since 1871! Yesterday, we hosted the meeting of the leadership of the Arlington Ministerial Association and our Mayor, Jeff Williams, was the speaker. We also hosted the meeting of the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation. I had the opportunity to speak to both groups and welcome them to our campus. Both groups participated in a tour of our facilities.
In association with the Arlington Ministerial Association, we have agreed to host the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical Worship Service here at our church in January of 2020. We are honored to do so. Dr. Dwight McKissic, Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church, will be our keynote speaker.
Our Midweek Ministry has kicked off with a bang here at FBCA. We have about 500 or so people on our campus on Wednesday nights now engaging in Bible Studies, mission education, music education, rehearsals, seminars, formation groups, committee meetings, family-style meals, and worship. Every age group is involved across our church. It is a fun night! If you haven’t been coming, you are missing out on some great fellowship time as a church family.
Bible Studies on Sunday morning are in full swing. There are new classes available for you. We have a place for everyone who would like to be in a small-group Bible Study on Sunday morning. This is the primary formation and ministry arm of our church. If you are not involved in a small group, let me encourage you to find your way to one. Your spiritual formation will be greatly enhanced by participating in one of these groups.
October 12-13 – Dr. Tod Bolsinger will be our guest for the weekend. He will be meeting with the Staff on Saturday morning, October 12. At 2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall, he will be meeting with our Deacons and our councils and committees. Mark your calendar! He will be preaching in both services on October 13. Dr. Bolsinger is the author of Canoeing the Mountains, and is the Vice-President of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. I have read Tod’s research material. I have met with him personally. I am truly excited that he will be with us in October.
Our Worship Ministry is truly hitting its stride on Sunday mornings. Aaron Tomes and Charlie Pannell have developed a true partnership as worship leaders for our church. These are godly men. Dr. Josh Stowe has been the shepherd that has facilitated this key partnership for our church. God is deeply at work in our services. If you haven’t been in a while, now is the time to come home and let God minister to you.
So —- things are happening down at your church!