Hello FPC Family,
Just a reminder that on Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 pm, we will have our First Wednesday services at our Pellissippi, Blount, and Internet Campuses. We look forward to seeing you there as we welcome our newest FPC family members, have an extended time of worship, hear our latest missions report, and share in the Lord’s Supper together. You won’t want to miss this special evening as we worship our Savior together!
(This post was written by Emily Carringer, Worship Programming Director)
Courage…it’s my “word” for 2011. At the end of last year as I was planning and thinking about personal goals and the things I wanted to focus on for the next year, I wanted a word that would describe an area I needed to improve upon. So…COURAGE is that word. However, I realize it’s much more than a word. It’s a lifestyle. As I reflected on my life, where I have been, where I hope to go, I realized that courage was going to need to be a focused part of my everyday life in order to grow to become the person I believe God created me to be. See, courage is not the absence of fear; it is the capacity to think and act despite my fears. It takes courage to change. It takes courage to do something different or something I have never attempted before. I have to be willing to give up all I have in order to become all I can. It takes courage to change the way I think of myself and others. It takes courage to accept the things I can’t change. It takes courage to realize that I am not fully in control of anything in my life.
(This post was written by Matt Grimes, Middle School Ministry Pastor)
It has finally happened, our little baby girl, Elin has arrived, and we are very proud parents. We could not ask God for a more healthy and beautiful baby. She already has both of us wrapped around her finger. The journey however, has not been easy. The day after our daughter was born, my wife still had no feeling in her legs and feet leaving her unable to walk. Immediately following one of the most joyous days in our lives, we faced the absolute most difficult day ever. Halfway through the day the doctors arrived and prepped my wife for an MRI to determine if she had sustained any permanent damage that would leave her paralyzed for the rest of her life. Words cannot describe the emotions we felt in that moment; emotions that I never care to feel again in my life. Right before they took my wife back, they asked me to step across the street from the hospital to her OBGYN’s office to ask him a quick question. I had stayed strong for my wife all day, not letting her see my fear or concern. All I remember was collapsing when I walked in his office…I completely lost it in the middle of his waiting room. As his he and his staff immediately came to my side all I could think about was my wife who might never be able to walk again. I remember her doctor coming out, who had a full load that day, and just sitting with me and talking about what we were going through. He gave me a devotional called “Streams in the Desert”, which was a devotional he has done every day while his wife battled cancer, and every day since she lost her battle with cancer. He asked me to read it each day, and encouraged me to cling tight to God, and that everything would be okay.
(This post was written by Rob Patrick, Associate Pastor of Groups)
We all have them, use them, push them, and fasten them. Some are small, some are large, some are flat and recessed, and some are tall and stick up. Some are round, some are square, and some are rectangle. Some are big, round and red, and say “that was easy” when we push them. Some open and close windows and doors. Some help keep our clothes on.