|. .Weekly Newsletter. .|
April 26, 2015
Catching up with Cam...
FPC is called to be a community of witness, pointing beyond itself through word and work to the good news of God’s transforming grace in Christ Jesus its Lord.
By what we say and what we do, we hope that we bear witness to the new life that we have in Christ and we pray that others will come to realize that the way of Christ is indeed the way of new and abundant life. We are called to glorify God and enjoy God forever. Often this calling leads us to acts of compassion, acts of covenant, and acts of mission.
An ongoing conversation about mission is: Do we focus on local mission? or Do we focus on international/far away mission? My answer to this is…yes and yes! Local mission allows us to build up our local community in the name of Christ to honor God. By engaging in local mission, we are able to be the neighbors that God would have us to be. We remember that we are neighbors not just by proximity, but also by the tie that binds us in the covenant given to us by God. International/far away mission gives us the gift of perspective. When we travel to other areas, we are made aware of how truly blessed we are and how thankful we ought to be. The groups that travel together and serve alongside one another are able to deepen their relationship with one another, brothers and sisters in Christ from other areas, and the God that we know in Jesus Christ.
FPC takes local mission seriously and we seek to be a beacon reflecting the light of Christ in Myrtle Beach and throughout the Grand Strand. We have a rich partnership with Habitat for Humanity (I recently learned that FPC folks started the Horry County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity). Our prayers, donations, time, and talents continue to build homes for deserving families in our community. FPC continues to support the ongoing ministries at New Directions of Myrtle Beach. Every Wednesday, a group from FPC cooks and feeds residents at Street Reach seeking to improve their lives in the face of drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and homelessness. FPC continues to be a partner at the Community Kitchen, Helping Hand, and Hope House.
Missionaries from FPC also continue to engage in mission far away from home. This past year, we sent groups to Nicaragua, Tennessee, and Long Island, Bahamas. This summer, our youth are going to New Orleans and West Virginia. In addition to these efforts, we sponsor many missionaries throughout the world with our prayers and support. Individual FPC families like Jane and Joe Bartel, the founders of Evelyn’s Baskets of Love and Life – a group committed to helping children in Guatemala born with cleft lip and/or palate – are deeply involved in global mission.
In the coming days as FPC continues to engage in mission, I encourage you to pray, pay attention, watch, and listen. Pray as we seek to be faithful. Pay attention to what God is doing in our midst. Watch for how the Holy Spirit is moving among us. Listen for where you are being called to serve.
Peace be with you and yours,
Dr. John C. Brearley