When I shared the news with staff and Elders on Monday May 13 that I was accepting another ministry in Danville and would be leaving Clinton FCC, it seemed like my last day at Clinton FCC was still too far off to even really think about it. Well here I am, early on a Monday morning, and I find myself with just two weeks left at this church I love so much - time has really flown by this summer! Last night, Marla and I were blessed by an evening of burgers and laughs with the FCC staff at the home of Brett and Mandi Ries - it reinforced what we already knew - this staff and their spouses are incredibly special people and we will miss each of them dearly! Listen up Clinton FCC - you are so blessed to have this staff serving the Lord at your church and in your community.
Here are several updates and reminders as we enter the second half of July:
** This Sunday July 21, I'm sharing a message entitled "Trust Your Leaders" from Hebrews 13 and 1 Peter 5. I'm so thankful for the leadership of our church - they are not perfect men but so many of them love the Lord unconditionally and have the absolute heart of a servant!
** Our final Sunday at Clinton FCC will be July 28 and we are having a ONE SERVICE Sunday at 9:30am at my request. I"ll be sharing my final sermon - "The Church is NOT about ME . . . you YOU!" I'm excited about the worship service Samuel and Allison are putting together and look forward to sharing one final time at FCC!
** Pete Cocco begins as Interim Lead Minister the last week of July - can I encourage you to warmly welcome Pete and also bring encouragement and support to his ministry at FCC? We are so blessed to have Pete through the final five months of 2019 serving the Lord at our church!
** Do not miss Sunday morning August 4 - Jody Owens from Johnson University will be our guest speaker and teacher and simply put, he one of the very best! I have been personally blessed by Jody's teaching through the Spiritual Formation Retreat I have attended the past three years in the Smoky Mountains and you will as well on August 4!
** Tuesday August 6 will bring the Area Men's Fellowship at Clinton FCC. Just a quick reminder - we are now hosting two of the Area Men's gatherings each year - January and August and the Area Men's Fellowship exists to support Little Galilee Christian Camp.
** Sunday August 18 - Little Galilee Connections Event - enjoy the pool, the zip line and the Gage and Ryan Food Truck - the fun begins at 12:30pm and EvERYONE is welcome and invited!
** August 23-24 - Spiritual Disciplines Retreat at the Chiara Center near Springfield - look for more info in the weeks that follow.
Speaking of Little Galilee, what a great day yesterday hosting the LGCC staff and having the opportunity to meet and connect with new Executive Director Rob Shoaff! Thanks to Bob Phillips for his 21 years of service at Little Galilee - so blessed to have Bob at LGCC and also a part of our church at FCC! Thanks also to Kevin Peterson and Max Aper for sharing with us yesterday - LGCC is in good hands!
Have a great week - see you Sunday!
Weekly update on what's happening at FCC! Glad you're here!