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Pastor Bob's eNews for - May 12, 2021 

Dear FPC family and friends,                                          

             I’m actually sitting outside in the courtyard and the fountain is running again.  It feels so peaceful and normal to be here and to be able to hear this sound after more than a year.  I need to say that this past Sunday was for me a real boost as we begin to open back up.  We had nearly 20 children up front for the children’s message, and it felt, well, normal.  We are far from being back to where we were, but we are slowly but surely, cautiously and optimistically making our way there.  I need to say one more time thank you for hanging in there.  It hasn’t been easy for you, I know, but I think now we can all see signs of coming out of this.  All indications are that within a few months we should be able to get back to hugging again.  So again, thank you.

            It was nice for the church to be recognized for its work with Mitzvah Moms, even though it doesn’t seem like we have done a whole lot except be grateful for their contribution to our region in the work that they are doing.  The importance of walking alongside people who are doing good work cannot be overstated.  We all have decision to make in our lives and many of those decisions revolve around with whom will we spend our time.  The choice to spend time with people, organizations, and family members who breathe life into those around them is absolutely crucial to a follower of Jesus Christ. 

            Jesus on the shores of Galilee chose his disciples not because of their background or their resumes, but rather because they were willing to follow him.  He had some potentially suspect people within his group, a tax collector, a thief, but through their living with him they were able to understand what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  That is our task.  We have some shady characters within our group, actually we are all a bit shady, it is called sin, but Jesus has still extended the invitation to us and tells us: Follow me.  That is what we are doing together as a church, we are following him.

            As we follow Jesus we are told that our lives are not meant to get any easier, that we will face hardships and even at times persecution for what we believe.  Being a follower of Jesus Christ does not guarantee a carefree life.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:10-11 – “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”  Yeah, that is not something to look forward, but Jesus says it is something that might be expected if you are a follower. 

            I am so looking forward to getting all of the followers of FPC Strasburg together again in a way that allows us to continue our good work in this community.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF FPC…

Bible Study Thursday Evening:  Join us for Bible Study on Thursday evening by logging on here at 6pm.  Youtube

PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 23 - Don't forget to wear red on that Sunday as we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit to the church.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE May 31 – Our church will be participating in the Memorial Day Parade on May 31. We will have a float with a band playing patriotic songs like we have in the past. If you would like to join the float you can walk with it in the parade. Come join the fun! We will also be serving a grab and go meal with hot dogs and drinks like we normally do in the past, but in a very different way. Instead of waiting around for your food, the food will be ready and prepacked for you to take with you. We look forward to continue our impact upon the community as we serve it in these very difficult times. Come and be a part of it!

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Sunday

8:30am

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phone in: 1 646 558 8656 then key in 9703411314#

10:00am Wired Word Sunday School Class

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11am

Worship

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Youth Group at 5:30 in person only

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

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