For as long as I serve this church, the months of January and February will be full of anniversaries. It was January 6, 2021, when Will and I landed in Montana for our first visit to Lewistown. It was January 13 that Will and I accepted the invitation to return to Lewistown to formally candidate. And it was January 24 when this congregation formally called me to be there pastor. My first official day was just a few weeks later, February 15, 2021.
I appreciate that these dates line up to the beginning of the calendar year, and preparations for our Annual Meeting, because it provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the previous year, while also looking ahead to what is still to come.
At our most recent meetings our Deacons and Elders reflected on several questions, and I now invite each of you, as members and participants in the life of First Presbyterian Church, to share your responses:
What is one thing that happened at First Presbyterian Church, in 2022, that makes you excited for the future?
What is one way you are growing in faith because of your involvement at First Presbyterian Church?
If First Presbyterian Church only accomplished one thing in 2023, what would you want it to be?
A lot has changed since January 6, 2021, for me personally, for this church, and in this community. And yet, there is one thing that hasn’t changed. God’s promises.
And so, we step out in faith to the year ahead, trusting that just as God has been faithful in the past, so too will God be faithful in the future.
Grace and peace,