Happy New Year from our family to you and yours! What a great way to kick off 2017 realizing that we surpassed our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal. Thank you to each person that made this happen!
Thank you to Tonya Brown and Darla Tea! They have served faithfully, and they have done an excellent job with our children’s ministry over the last several years. At their own request, they have moved back to a “lay leader” role, and we have asked Bethany Shelton to step in on an interim basis to help run our Children’s LifeGroups and Children’s Worship on Sunday mornings. Thank you, Bethany, for your willingness to serve! Let’s be in prayer for Bethany.
Moreover, what a joy and privilege it is to welcome the Tidwell family to First Baptist Gallatin! We voted this past Sunday for Nick to become our new Executive Pastor of Administration and Discipleship. Nick’s passion for the Lord Jesus and his heart for discipleship are contagious, and I know that he, with the Lord’s help, will do an amazing job as we all seek to move forward in fulfilling the Great Commission locally and globally. Furthermore, please be in prayer for Nick and his wife, Kristin, and their precious kiddos, Carson (7), Knox (4), and Ansley (2), as they become a part of our First Gallatin family. We will have a special time to welcome the Tidwell’s after our Renew service on Sunday night, January 22.
Do you find it tough to start a new workout routine? I know I do. Yet, once we get into it, we can feel the benefits of staying in shape. Spiritually speaking, there are a lot of similarities to getting into shape physically. There are certain spiritual disciplines we need present in our walk with the Lord that will keep us growing and will hold back the spiritual plaque of lethargy and apathy. Reading the Scriptures consistently is much like cardio for our souls, and reading the deeper and tougher passages of Scripture is much like strength training with weights. Let’s stay dialed in over the next several weeks as we look at Staying In Shape: Spiritual Disciplines for the Soul.
Being a regular consumer of God’s Word is definitely needed to keep the blood flowing in our spiritual veins and arteries. I want to personally challenge and encourage you to journey through the Bible in 2017. I will be leading a Bible study on Wednesday nights in the fellowship hall based on sections of Scripture taken from George Guthrie’s, Reading God’s Story: A Chronological Daily Bible. This study kicks off on Wednesday, January 11.
Finally, mark your calendars for a fun filled, date night for all married couples on Friday, February 9, at 6:30pm, as we gather for a meal, fun fellowship, and a special speaker who will encourage us all. Childcare for younger children will be provided.
Grace and peace,