Newsletter: March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019 at 12:35 pm Categories: E-newsletter

March 22, 2019

The Message is Hope

First Alliance Church


Dear First Alliance Family,

I have a quick but important story to share with you this week and then two matters of prayer that relate to it.

On Ash Wednesday, a visitor was in our building due to a business call. While our friendly custodian Mason was showing her around, he pointed out the sanctuary decorated so beautifully with the cross front and center for the Ash Wednesday Experience. He could see she was touched. After they finished their building tour, she asked if she could go in the sanctuary and be a part of the experience.

She entered the sanctuary quietly, took one of the printed devotionals, and sat in silence as the scriptures quietly rolled across the screens and the instrumental worship music played. The cross with the purple fabric and dozens of candles around it was a beautiful site. She stared at the cross.

She was clearly emotional and touched. When she got up to leave after about 10 minutes, she had a staff member impose ashes. She said, “You have no idea how much this meant to me today. I needed this.”

Why do I tell you this? I think she is a great example of people all around us that are waiting for an opportunity to consider the cross. We rub elbows everyday with people who need Jesus.  We have relationships with co-workers, other moms and dads through school, sports and activities, friends, family, service providers, baristas, teachers, fellow students, etc. for many reasons, but I think primarily it is to point them to Jesus.

So: Who can you pray for in the next few weeks that needs an invitation to our Easter service so they can meet Jesus? Our services this year will be at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 just like last year so that we ALL have room to bring our friends and family who we want to know our Savior.

I am already praying for the services that day. Will you join me?

Finally, I want to thank you again for the patience you have extended to me, our leadership board, and our staff as we are working through the final expressions of our church mission, vision and value statements that will guide our future direction as a church.  We believe that by mid-May we will have enough ready to present to you. We are excited how God has worked in us and in the process. It has been hard, prayer-fueled, discerning work listening to you and to the Holy Spirit. Continue to pray for us as we wrap this up! We want to finish well!

I am so excited to be on this journey with you. Let’s continue to love God and love others and focus on the Great Commission as we head into this season together!

I love being your pastor!

Paul Smith

Senior Pastor

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