August Newsletter Excerpt

A Note from the Pastor continued...


Theodore Roosevelt wrote:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”


Lately I have been marveling at the great leaders we have throughout FPC.  Effective church leaders serve.  When they do, they operate out of our primary call, to use programs to build people, not people to build programs.


The church needs all hands on deck to make it all we dream it could be—all it is called to be.  We cannot say we love Jesus and stand by criticizing the church Jesus loves.  We each must grab an oar, a rope, or a tiller.  If you are part of a church, then you are part of the crew.  Consider these key, most basic ways to make your membership meaningful….


1)      Worship — Someone said, “90% of life is just showing up!”  Does your view of coming to worship extend to the needs of the people around you?  Your presence in worship makes a difference to the people around you.  Are you willing to be inconvenienced, even sacrificial so that you can make regular time in worship a priority?


2)     Grow —  Spiritual growth is a team sport because God has redeemed us for relationship.  1000 pianos tuned to a single fork are also in tune with each other.  That’s the vision behind our Sunday morning groups (Sun. school) and our evening Life Groups.  Continuing to grow spiritually requires relationships of trust, transparency, and accountability.


3)     Serve — FPC leaders are not just trying to find a volunteer job for everyone at the church.  They are interested in the way your spiritual gifts and passions can be exercised to make you more fruitful and fulfilled.  Imagine how your roles and routine might improve if you allowed yourself to be stretched outside your comfort zone through serving in or through your church. 


Ready to improve your serve?  CLICK HERE to sign up for the Global Leadership Summit, hosted at FPC this Thursday and Friday. 


As we go,


     - Dr. Tim Filston

    - Dr. Tim Filston