Message from the Pastor

September 20th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! I was so grateful for everyone who donated blood in Fleta Hill’s honor last Sunday.  Giving blood is a very tangible way to care for others.  Indeed, when you give blood, you literally give of yourself for the sake of someone else, which sounds like a very Christian thing to do.  Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for…

September 13th update from David Bridges

I mentioned on Sunday morning that David Kellum, who with his wife Mae, served among Friends in Africa for more than 30 years, had died last week.  David lived a life that is worth remembering and celebrating (that will happen in Chandler, OK the last weekend of this month).  David was not a pastor, but a mechanic, engineer, builder and fixer of all things.  He established a technical school in Burundi that is now named in his honor.  He started…

September 6 update from David Bridges

Whatever the origins of Labor Day, most of us celebrate it now as a national holiday that gives us a day of rest from work.  I recently heard the former Houston Astro (and San Francisco Giant), Hunter Pence, say that resting and sleeping were the most important thing he’d learned from the fitness staff during his baseball career.  Some of us rest well at night and others of us need naps during the day to keep us going.  From time…

August 30th update from Janet Black

From our director of children’s ministries, Janet Black Hi Friends, Sabbatical: a period of leave or rest from work, according to Webster. The concept of a Sabbatical is based on the Biblical practice of Shmita. In Leviticus 25 God told Moses to plant, prune and harvest the land for six years and during the seventh year to give the land a rest. I am very thankful that you have blessed me with my first sabbatical rest. My grandmother taught us…

August 16th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! Psalm 107 begins with this imperative, “Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever!”  But Psalm 107 is far from the only Psalm that instructs us to thank God.  Over and over the Psalms tell us to do so, and some tell us numerous times!  Psalm 136 for instance, urges people to give thanks to God 14 times!  Thanking God for God’s goodness, faithfulness and love is an important practice that keeps…

August 9th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! While Jesus seemed to have many disciples that traveled with him from time to time, he appointed 12 as his small group—perhaps choosing that number to mirror the number of the tribes of Israel.  Of the twelve, Jesus seemed to have three—Peter, James and John—who were closest to him.  It seems that Jesus knew that discipleship worked best in small groups of people.  That’s been my experience as a Jesus follower.  I’ve worshipped in churches with as many as…

July 26th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! Hosea 6.3 says, “Let’s know, let’s press on to know the Lord; whose appearing is as certain as the dawn; who will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that give drink to the earth.” Whenever I’ve walked outside over the past couple weeks, I’ve found myself looking for clouds in the sky, hoping—just hoping—that a dark cloud might drift over and give my lawn and garden some much needed rain.  Some rain would…

July 19th update from David Bridges

Galatians 5:13 says, “You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love.”  When I read that verse I think of you.  You are a group of people who serve one another—and others—through love.  You may have noticed the new fencing at the rear of the parking lot beside the gym.  Kim Page and James Black built that fencing so that our trailers…

July 12th update from Matt Wilber

Dear Friends, In an effort to keep the church members abreast of the situation with EFC-MAYM, we are happy to write that we intend to continue in our relationship with EFC-MAYM including our youth programs.  We believe we have reached a place of agreement.  Our coordinators received and reviewed a recent communication from EFC-MAYM stating they do not intend to pursue disaffiliation but rather invite us into deeper relationship and shared learning opportunities.  They also state that they intend to…

July 5th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! Psalm 137 is one of the most painful prayers in our scriptures.  It is also one of the few Psalms that can be historically located.  It was first prayed in Babylon by Israelites who had been taken there against their will as prisoners of war.  The prayer expresses deep emotional pain, a sense of torment, a call to remember their home, and a wish for vengeance upon their enemies’ children.  Explicitly, it offers a blessing to…