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Important Info from the Pastor

Dear First Methodist Church Family,
I have some very important information to share with you.  
I preached a message recently titled Chosen for What? where I referenced the prophet, Jeremiah.  God had chosen him to tell the Israelite’s that they were not living faithfully for the Lord and to return to their God.  He obeyed.  But it wasn’t easy.  There were times he wanted to give up.  Listen to what he said about his experience.
“I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.  Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So, the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long.  But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20.7-9)
Can you imagine having a fire in your bones like Jeremiah when it comes to what God has chosen the people of First Methodist for?  Our ancestors could.
The year was 1886.  A handful of Methodists worshiped in a community building located at sixth and main street, the sight of the former Daily Leader.  The following year a Methodist Episcopal Church South circuit rider by the name of R.W. McKay preached one of their services.  His preaching put a fire in the bones of ten Methodists to dream big and build their own church.  Convinced this was of God, they purchased property at Fourth Street and Grand Avenue on May 29, 1888.  God’s mission for First Methodist Church was underway.  
Does God’s dream for us burn in our bones like it did for The Ten?  Would you like it to?
I have had conversations with multiple church members who are ready for something like this and who think this church is ready for something like this.  The Administrative Board is hopeful that God has chosen us for something so significant that it will put a fire in our bones like it did for those who came before us.  
So, what have we been chosen for?  Let’s find out. I invite you to join us in seeking God about three matters.  First, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to all of us what First Methodist has been chosen for.  Secondly, ask the Spirit to put a fire in our bones for it.  And third, ask the Holy Spirit to raise up 10-12 individuals who will help the congregation identify a shared vision and an intentional strategy for making disciples of Jesus Christ.  
Please begin praying about this today.
More information will be forthcoming in a couple of days.
Praying for fire in our bones,
Pastor B