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December Newsletter

Dear Church,

“How’s life going?”

That is a question that I have been asking many people lately. On one hand, it is just another way of me saying ‘What’s up?’ or ‘How you doing?’ On the other hand, it is my slight attempt to dig deeper into really how their life is going.

Life is a peculiar thing. Everyone’s life is different. Life is unpredictable. I recall Forrest Gump saying that his mama taught him “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.”

The longer I live the more I agree. Life is short and sweet. Life is long and hard. Life is fun and happy. Life is challenging and sad. Life is up and down. Life is good and bad. Life is not so simple and easy.

James is right when he asks “What is your life?” (James 4:14) And that question is desperately something we all need to consider. We need to make sense of this thing we call life.

In my line of work it is not uncommon for me to hear people say “I love my life.” And it is also not uncommon for me to hear people say “I hate my life.”

While many people just shake their head at the various challenges of life, I want us to look a little further into life. Life is meant to be understood in light of God’s love.

Psalm 63:3 says “Your love is better than life.” God’s love is better than life. Let me say that again – Better than!

I know it is a real temptation to think life is the biggest and most important thing, but that is a mistake. God is bigger than us. And God’s love for us in Jesus is better than life.

So, whether your life is high or low, good or bad, happy or sad, look to Jesus. God loves you in such a way that Jesus died for you. Forgiveness is real. Life is better with forgiveness!

This Christmas season, may God help us all evaluate our lives not so much by just our lives, but rather by God’s love being very real and present in our lives.

Always remember, God’s love is better than life!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

 

 

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November Newsletter

Dear Church,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Every pastor knows that October is Pastor Appreciation Month! And each year we wonder what that month’s experience will be like! This year you all, our church, did a super job! I felt, and I feel, appreciated by our church. Thank you!

It is hard to explain how a pastor feels about being appreciated. I want to be used by God in your lives. I want to feel appreciated by you all. I want you all to like me and love me, but your appreciation is not my goal nor my identity. God’s glory in Jesus is both my goal and my identity! And so there is something that I desire even more than your expression of appreciation — that is that you would love and obey God by appreciating your pastor! This is real and true. This is a spiritual issue and a spiritual desire of mine. I pray that God would be causing this type of appreciation in your hearts. I desire for you to love and worship Jesus by appreciating your pastor.

Hebrews 13:17 says: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” 

According to this passage, I should be able to find joy in how you follow my pastoral leadership. God has given us a very unique relationship. While you believe in Jesus and follow Him with your life, God has provided me to be your pastor. And I am keeping watch over your souls because one day I will have to give an account to God for you and for my pastoring you. Wow! That is some heavy stuff, and I assure you that I do not take it lightly.

I do receive much joy from you all. I am happy and humbled to be your pastor. I thank God for FBC Fairdale. As you all expressed your appreciation for me in October, I was strengthened in my faith in Jesus and my love for Him. He has given us a beautiful relationship – Pastor and church!

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

November Newsletter 2016-11-10T16:37:23+00:00

October Newsletter from Dan Pomeroy, Chairman of Deacons

Dear Church Family,

I know you are used to seeing a note from Pastor Josh in this spot every month. Like you, I enjoy getting to hear what is on his heart each month, but for October I asked him if he would like to take a break and let me speak to you.

If you are like me, it can be real easy to enjoy all the blessings we receive at church each week without saying thank you to those who make it all possible. We are blessed to have 2 ordained pastors who put in a lot of work each week, so during October we are going to take some time to show and tell them (and their families) how much we appreciate all that they do for us.

You might be saying to yourself… “What can I do to show them my appreciation?”

I am so glad you asked! I came across an article a few weeks ago that gives a few suggestions on ways we can show how much we appreciate our pastors (including their wives and families). It does not mean that you have to do everything on the list. You may think of something even better which would be great. Hopefully the list will get your creative juices flowing!

 

  1. Write a note with encouraging feedback from his sermon
  2. Be prepared to resuscitate him after #1
  3. Mow the pastor’s lawn when his family is on vacation or ministry leave
  4. Give a gift card to a favorite restaurant
  5. Provide creative childcare for a date night
  6. Ask your pastor how you can specifically pray for his family
  7. Deliver a homemade dessert/meal to his home or office
  8. Arrange and purchase a couple’s retreat somewhere fun
  9. Give a brief word of affirmation and prayer on a Sunday morning
  10. Provide for and encourage time off for vacations „
  11. Take your pastor for a meal and talk about his life, not ministry
  12. Loan out your favorite vacation spot (cabin, camper, timeshare)
  13. Support your pastor as he ministers outside your church „
  14. Encourage at least one day of Sabbath rest each week
  15. Care for your pastor’s health by sponsoring a health club membership
  16. Take your pastor somewhere fun: game, concert, hunting, etc.
  17. Specifically share how God has used him to challenge, enrich, and encourage your walk with Jesus
  18. Provide a generous salary, insurance, and retirement „
  19. Allow your pastor’s wife to “be herself” and find her own ministry
  20. Financially support your pastor and spouse as they attend marriage-strengthening events
  21. Publicly support your pastor’s involvement in missions
  22. Remember birthdays with a personal card or on social media „
  23. Initiate a sabbatical for every 5-7 years of ministry„ at your church
  24. Send a gift card to your pastor’s kids
  25. Give unused sports or concert tickets to your pastor’s family

Keep your eye out for more information about a reception where we will celebrate how much Josh & Val, along with Jake & Samantha, mean to all of us. And if someone comes up to you asking what you appreciate about your Pastor, be prepared to give them an answer!

Chairman of Deacons, Dan Pomeroy

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October Newsletter from Dan Pomeroy, Chairman of Deacons 2017-01-22T16:21:57+00:00

September Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

This month, we are beginning again with the Philippians 1:6 Testimony.

These testimonies are pictures of God’s grace and power at work in the lives of our people.

Philippians 1:6 says “I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

 Paul, in writing this letter to the Philippians, aims to encourage them with the mighty truth that God is not finished with them. Christians are to find hope and encouragement in the fact that they are a work in progress.

Our desire is to be holy and pure like Jesus our savior. We also know that God is conforming us to the image of Christ. And while we know that we are not there yet, we also know and can say confidently that we are not what we used to be! God’s work is evident in His people.

We find strength in knowing and affirming that God is not done with us yet!

So, each Sunday, we will have another person from our church come forward and share their story with us. I will conduct this testimony like an interview with each person. These are the 3 questions I will ask:

1.  How did you come to know Jesus?

2.  Looking back since you came to know Jesus, what was a season of your life where you can now see

that God grew you?

3.   How is God growing you now? (This is usually the toughest question.)

These testimonies will be a great opportunity for our church family to get to know each other’s story better. It will also highlight the life-changing power of Jesus in our lives. I am excited about our church giving testimony to God!

I am humbled to be your pastor, and I will be looking forward to these testimonies each Sunday.

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

 

 

 

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AUGUST Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

This Summer has been a good one! VBS, Youth Camp, and Ecuador were all great. The College Ministry meeting every week has been awesome! The lighter schedule through July was helpful. The extra time spent with my children has been priceless. Getting to see our out-of-town families was a blessing. And another great aspect of this summer was the opportunity to take a step back and observe our church. I was able to examine some things from an angle that is not the normal view. I have noticed some areas in our church where we need to get stronger. But praise God, I also recognized several elements of our church that are thriving. I thank God for the different perspectives to see our church.

One of the areas I am very encouraged by is our Associate Pastor, Jake Beattie. In the last year, God has grown Jake so much, and God has strengthened our church by Jake. I am so thankful for Jake and Samantha!

One of the areas that I continually desire for our church to grow in is prayer! I do not think prayer is a weakness in our church. I do think we can pray more. And I do think we can teach our people how to pray. I mostly desire for our church people to have a heart’s desire to pray.

I am reminded of Acts 1:14 “All of these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer.”

 Not knowing much else about a people or a church, that description is a strong one. People who have a desire to pray are people who have a strong faith & knowledge of their Father in heaven whom they are praying to. I desire that for our church. I desire that for you and your family. I pray that for our church. It was once said The family that prays together, stays together. Well, I believe the same is true for the church. The church that prays together stays focused together in faith and commitment to the Great Commission!

With this said, it is time for us again to do the 24 HOURS OF PRAYER! We do this every six months. It always proves to be such a real blessing!

Over the next 3 weeks we will be having sign-ups. Please choose a one-hour slot for you and some others to come to church and pray.

I love being your pastor. Lets keep praying!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

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July Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

God’s Word is powerful, and when it gets inside of you, it will go to work on you. Your heart and mind and life and soul will be gripped by the truth of God.

This brings to mind some well-known verses:

Isaiah 55:11 “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,” and also,

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword …” 

These verses tell us of the power of God’s word. Christians are to be people who live by the Word of God. (This is one of the main reasons why Sunday Worship is so crucial. To neglect worship is to neglect the preached Word of God in your life. Your faith will suffer without it!)

Well, I want to share with you a verse that has been a powerful force in my life. It has truly been like a wrecking ball to my way of thinking and living. My faith is so greatly impacted by this verse.

Psalm 96:10 “Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.””

God tells us to tell the world of His reign! He is King. He reigns. And the whole world needs to know that He reigns! This is no small truth, and therefore it cannot be left alone or ignored. It is too big of a truth and command to just pass over. If the Lord reigns, (which He does), then we must go and say that among the nations!

I feel called and convicted by this verse. I want to say “The LORD reigns” among the nations. I want them to hear it, and I want them to hear it from me and my voice. I want the people of the world to know how awesome King Jesus is. He does indeed reign, and His reign is the best thing one can ever know. To know His reign is to know His love and His salvation.

The true church of Jesus, a healthy faithful church, is one that hears the Word of God and obeys it. I pray that we will hear this Psalm 96 and obey the Lord by working to tell the nations. May God help us in this effort. Our upcoming mission trip to Ecuador is a good (but small) step in this direction. Please be in prayer for our trip and our desire to say among the nation “The LORD reigns.”

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

July Newsletter Column 2016-07-20T14:09:03+00:00

June Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

I have a very odd question for you – What will you wear at your funeral, in your casket?

As I often tell you, I enjoy getting to be a part of so many funerals. They are good for my soul and my faith in Jesus. I am often stirred at funerals to be a loving, devoted husband and father. I am certain that God is using these funerals to grow me as your pastor. My outlook on life – on its brevity, its preciousness and its significance – is continually being intensified through the many funerals I attend.

I remember one time meeting with a family in preparation for a funeral, and we were talking about the deceased lady – who was their mother. They were telling me about how the lady had picked out the clothes she wanted to wear at her funeral. It was a classy nice-looking outfit.. They joked with her saying “Mom, why do you want to wear that? Are you going dancing?” Their mother wet with them a quick reply “No. Not dancing. I am going to see God.”

I will never forget them telling me that story.

That is true. Very true. When we die, we are going to meet God.

Are you aware of that? Are you ready for that? Are you prepared for that?

Hebrews 9:27 says “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” 

That is serious. And all of our lives are to be lived in light of that great truth. All who love Jesus will escape the judgment (John 5:24) and be safe with God in heaven forever.

When people pass away and when we attend funerals, we should be thinking of these weighty matters. God intends to use those events and circumstances to help us focus our lives on what matters. Knowing God – Knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior – what really matters.

I am not concerned at all about what you wear at your funeral, but I am very concerned that you know where you are going when the time comes. Trust in Jesus!

I thank God for using these funerals to impact me and our church in this way!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

June Newsletter Column 2016-07-20T14:04:18+00:00

May Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Have you ever forgotten something of importance? Have you ever missed an appointment? Or forgotten to do a much needed task? Have you ever been oblivious to something you have neglected only to find yourself later saying, “I completely forgot about that.”

There are some things in life that we continually need to be reminded about! No matter how well we may know an idea or truth, we still do occasionally forget. We need reminders.

I was reminded of this need recently while teaching the Men’s & Women’s Bible studies.

In Titus 3:1-2 Paul writes:

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” 

Paul tells Titus to be sure to remind the church of these things. Really? These are not big doctrinal issues. These are not truths which we cannot afford to compromise. No, they are not. But they are characteristics of a true godly attitude. And if there is anything that needs a reminder, it is our attitudes.

Many church people have known and affirmed what the Bible teaches for years – since they were children. And they need no reminder of ‘who Jesus is?’ or of ‘what the Bible is?’ or of ‘how we can be forgiven of our sins?’ But what we all need to be reminded of is our attitudes! Honestly, sometimes my attitude is really bad. Sometimes my attitude stinks! This is not good nor right. Often we focus so heavily on good works being our witness to the world. We regularly remind ourselves that we are the salt and light of the world.  Yet we fail to remember that our attitude is our witness too! A grumpy church person is a bad witness. A judgmental Christian is a bad witness. A rude follower of Christ is a bad witness. Our attitude means a lot!

Paul, the great theologian, apostle, missionary is right! We need to be reminded of these things!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Life is moving quickly and with that, church life is moving quickly as well. Easter is now behind us. We are in the thick of 2016 already. We have had leaders in our church move on to new places. And we are seeing many new people come to be a part of our church. That is a lot for us to keep up with! It is good stuff, but it can be overwhelming.

While church life is full of activities and changes, one constant remains – that is the focus on the Word of God. The Bible is what unites us, and our devotion to it must be increasing!

It is with this in mind that I want to encourage you to focus on the preaching of the Bible. We are beginning a new Sunday Morning Sermon Series on the Gospel of Mark. Each Sunday morning, I will be preaching through the entire book of Mark verse by verse.

This is a great opportunity for you for many reasons. 1) You will learn the Gospel of Mark, 2) You will grow in your understanding of the Word of God like never before, 3) You will establish a weekly continual building of your faith as you pick up where you left off each Sunday morning, 4) You will learn the specifics of Jesus’s life, ministry and saving work, and 5) You will further understand what a true healthy church is and how the Word of God unites us.

At first thought these 5 points seem commonplace and understood already. And maybe they are for some of you. But I believe that we have not experienced them yet. And that is what we are desiring and praying for–for our church to be a people who long for God’s word and they are devoted to hearing it every single week. I want that from our church!

Hear the words of Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:13 “give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.”

My prayer is for us to be a living picture of that devotion to God’s word. While there is a lot of coming and going, life is full and busy, may we be strong, focused and committed to God’s Word being poured into us each and every week!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

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March Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Today is March the 2nd, and I am quite happy to welcome this new month. February was a heavy month for us. We need to realize that life can be very demanding at times. When life gets difficult, there is a temptation to want to at best, whine and complain and have a pity-party, or at worst, give in or give up. But those responses are NOT the Christian response. Complaining or quitting is not the way God has taught us to deal with life. Giving up is not the way the people of God handle adversity.

So, what is? How are Christian people to handle the heavy seasons of life?

Christians are to look to God’s Word to see what God has told us. We are to believe the Word of God and trust Him through the difficult seasons of life. In trusting God and His promises, we will see that God is able to carry us through the adversity. Let me share with you two passages that I have been leaning on the past few weeks.

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all who labor & are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him all things. To Him be glory forever.”

I love these verses. They are a rock and foundation to me when life is heavy & hurtful. God wants me to know that there is rest in this life. But that rest is not often found in a physical place with the circumstances of life. Life doesn’t stop. It doesn’t slow down. It never stops coming at you with trials. As we often hear people saying, “there is always something!” So then, how & where can we rest?

We are to trust Jesus! We are to know that He is in charge. He is in control. We are to look to Him, hear from Him, and believe Him. In trusting Him, he will give us rest. Real rest. Rest that calms us. Rest that settles us down. Rest that causes our hearts and minds and bodies to be at peace. This past month has been a great reminder to me of these promises!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

 

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