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Report of the Session

FIRST EVANGELICAL CHURCH
SEMI-ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Report of the Session
May 20, 2018

August 2019 represents the close of our prescribed 1000 day period of attention to five critical initiatives. I am thankful for your responsiveness and participation in the activities that contribute to glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ and magnifying His gospel. At this halfway point, my hope and my observations indicate that these initiatives are more than slogans and benchmarks, and are truly becoming the personality of our church family. A fellow elder provided the following introspective questions to help gauge or measure personal experience. Consider these and with each bullet point – ask yourself the question – how can we help one another in this?

  • Where have you explicitly seen, heard or offered the gospel in the last 30 days?
  • How have you experienced rich worship in the last 30 days?
  • In what ways have you been better equipped in the faith to respond well to your culture or your context?
  • Where have you seen hospitality generously offered to one another? Have you received it? Have you given it?
  • How have you been blessed by (or blessed) someone from another generation in the last 30 days?
  • Have you noticed your “neighbor” more in the last 30 days?

I pray that God’s Spirit guide us to be very attentive and engaged in these activities.

In Acts chapter 17, Paul speaks of the nearness of God to each one of us, for “in Him we live and move and have our very being.” I’m thankful that we worship God who loves us, guides us, and provides for us. Over the last 6 months we have enjoyed so many benefits granted to us from above. Some of these include:

  • Special Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter celebrations.
  • Missions Conference with visiting missionaries and Brett Hilliard as keynote preacher.
  • Maturing, joyful and robust Sunday morning services with God being glorified and the gospel declared.
  • Your generosity providing the necessary resources to support and fund the ministries and ongoing operations of this church.
  • Approximately (75) people participating in Meet Memphis – where our people were able to see and experience local ministry.
  • The simple things like our congregation singing “Be Thou My Vision” a cappella. (April 22 - I admit I stopped singing to listen, overwhelmed at the many voices united in praise to our High King of Heaven.)

With sadness, but also with joy for them, we will see T.J. Lopez, our Jr. High Director, and wife Andrea, depart to Gods calling to a new ministry in Chattanooga. We are thankful for the benefit they have both brought to our body while serving and worshipping here. With joy we look forward to how God will continue to use them.

Sunday school classes continue to provide the advantages of equipping, fellowshipping, and care of our people. If you are not a part of a class, I encourage you to consider visiting one.

Your elders continue to regularly meet, think, pray, and plan. We value your prayers.

Respectfully submitted,


Robert W. Seay
Session Chairman