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Report of the Session

FIRST EVANGELICAL CHURCH
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Report of the Session
November 12, 2017

735 Ridge Lake Blvd is a location where a large group of people regularly meet. These people have determined that they wish to join together to worship the One who has called them out of darkness, to love and care for one another in all areas of life across generations, to equip and be equipped and to care for and influence those who are not presently at this location.

The Bible calls this group of people the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, His people, the family and flock of God, the church. Jeremiah 7: 23 says, “..I will be your God and you shall be my people.”

Paul reports that this group is purposefully set apart and being perfected by Jesus, the Son of God, and that this group will be holy, without any blemishes and is positioned to worship and enjoy Him forever.

I pray that as you read and ponder these truths, your heart and mind will rejoice for God’s provision to us through Jesus.

Although this group at Ridge Lake Blvd is diverse and unique, as the Bible teaches we are, our lives are distinctly woven together because of God’s workmanship and intentions for each of us. I praise God for allowing us to experience the benefits mentioned.

I and my fellow elders thank you for your attention and intentional pursuit of our 1000 day strategic initiatives. God’s grace, redemption, acceptance and His love have been experienced by each of us personally. In many situations and areas of our church, I see these same acts repeated over and over again among His people. When these actions are evident, we are exhibiting healthy characteristics. Your elders pray regularly for this.

Your elders meet regularly to think, plan, pray and discuss the spiritual life of our church. All areas of the ministry of First Evan are represented by at least one of the elders on the current elder board. For the last few years, we have completed position papers that describe our understanding of various topics. These may be viewed on our First Evan website. We are in the final stages of completion of our next paper. Recently the elders and deacons met for our annual officers’ retreat. This event was led by Phil Herndon and was attended by about fifty men. Our time was filled with teaching, praying and fellowship.

Cole has directed the elder’s attention to the words of Paul in Romans 15: 5-7.  I invite you to read and study these words with us as we move through our lives as a part of our heavenly Father’s family.

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”

Respectfully submitted,

Robert W. Seay
Session Chairman