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A Word From the Pastor

Posted: January 1st, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2014 is so . . . last year! It is over! 2015 has just arrived as a shiny new package waiting to be opened.

2014 was quite a year. Those Florida State Seminoles began this year by defeating my Auburn Tigers for the NCAA National Championship as the BCS era came to an end. The Seattle Seahawks dominated Peyton Manning’s Broncos in the Super Bowl. Russia hosted the Olympics and Germany won the World Cup.

Four major airliner catastrophes in 2014 left hundreds of people dead. ISIS became a threat to much of the Middle East. Ebola made its way across West Africa in one of the most challenging world health crises of the modern era. Ferguson, Missouri was put on the map this year. And the US and Cuba are talking again.

We bid goodbye to Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, Ariel Sharon, Pete Seeger, Shirley Temple, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Mary Angelou, Casey Kasem, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar de la Renta and Joe Cocker.

And now, we face a new year. Like any year, it will be filled with opportunities and challenges. Ups and downs. Victories and defeats. Right now—it is brand new.

As I look at the horizon for us as a church, I know we are exploring what needs to happen next in our Master Planning process. We have been meeting and ideas have moved from conceptions to actual probabilities. We have looked at some possibilities that will allow us to address our growing needs in preschool, senior adult and worship areas. I am excited about what we are discussing.

We also are searching for a new Associate Pastor for Music and Worship. We have set in motion a plan to evaluate our needs in College Ministry and how best to meet those needs. We are assessing our ministry needs across the board as we face this new year.

I believe 2015 will be a pivotal year for us as a church. I am looking forward to how God is going to lead us forward. I am excited about our study of what it means to be restorative Christians as we serve God together here at FBC Arlington.

Come on 2015. We are ready.