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A Note From Pastor Shea

by Pastor Shea Reyenga
A Note From Pastor Shea

Dear First Family,
 
Happy New Year! I hope you have had a special time with family and friends over the holidays. I’m excited for 2020 and expecting God to do big things through us. We are planning to start the year strong with a new sermon series titled It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood inspired by the popular children’s television show Mister Rogers Neighborhood and the man behind the show, Fred RogersIf you haven’t seen the movie starring Tom Hanks, it’s worth your time. Pastor David and I look forward to kicking off the series with you this weekend. I’m also excited to give you a preview of the upcoming Adult Studies coming in the new year! Please read through and see if any classes interest you.   
 
Bible Studies
Study of Acts
January 22 | 6:30 | Chapel 
The Acts of the Apostles is the story of Jesus leading his people by the Spirit to go out into the world and invite all nations to live under his reign. We get to see the church formation through its birth, growth, and missionary expansion. It is also the story of how everyday believers (like us) learned to see the Spirit’s work in their lives and find the mission that God had designed for them. Come join us as we study through Acts and are reminded of what the church of Jesus Christ is supposed to be about. Pastor Shea Reyenga and John Fortner will lead this study for 9 weeks and all are welcome! 
 
Study of 1 Thessalonians
January 22 | 5:30 | Chapel 
1 Thessalonians is Paul’s attempt to reconnect to the people he loves who, despite persecution, are growing in their faithfulness to Christ. It is a letter full of great encouragement with much to teach us on how to live faithfully and expectantly as Christians.  Join Pastor Mike Ramsdell in the Chapel on Wednesday nights a three-week study on 1 Thessalonians. All are welcome. 
 
Pastors Bible Study
Starts back January 8 | 9:30 | Chapel
Have you been looking to dive deeper into your Bible reading but aren't sure where to begin? Join us for Pastors Bible Study led by Pastor David. Each week is spent diving into the book of Genesis verse by verse. Can't make the study one week? This study is live-streamed as well as archived so that you can catch up if you would like. Make plans to join us this week! 
 
Family Studies
I Love You More
January 22 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM| Chapel Room 6
Join our Marriage Ministry for a 6-week curriculum-based series. Following the teaching of Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, we will learn how everyday problems are opportunities to deepen your love for each other and can strengthen your marriage.  Contact marriage@fmcm.org for more information. Registration is required. 
 
Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture
January 22 | 6:30 PM | Chapel Room 9 
Join us for a 9-week curriculum-based parenting study, led by Andrea Roberts, as we learn how to pursue the heart of our teens in an opposing culture that doesn't always support or back a parent's desire to raise godly teens in a confusing culture.  Study Guides are available to purchase HERERegistration is required. 
 
Financial Studies
Financial Workshop: Budgeting 101
January 15 | 6:30 PM | Chapel Room 1 
January 26 | 4:00 PM | Chapel Room 10 
The Financial Care Ministry is here to support you through the joys and struggles of one of the most significant areas of your life. This workshop is for those who have thought about setting up a budget but don't know how, for those that haven't thought about budgeting but always wonder where the money goes at the end of the month, or for those who already have their budget, but need the New Years' nudge to get back on track and tighten the strings again. Registration is required. 
 
Financial Peace University
February 12 | 6:30 | Chapel Room 3 
Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU). This nine-week course uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! FPU includes your member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership. Contact grouplife@fmcm.org for more information. Registration is required. Childcare is available with registration. 

For those of you who will be out of town this weekend, I want to encourage you to worship with us and continue your giving online.
 
I thank God for you and praise Him for your faithfulness to the gospel. I look forward to seeing you around campus this weekend. 
 
Grace and Peace in Christ,
 
Pastor Shea