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Whew! What's Next

  April.  Usually such a sleepy little month…Not this year!

  We began the month with the celebration of our 175th anniversary.  What a great weekend!  Saturday afternoon with all the displays, Sunday morning worship with Sarah Holloway and so many former members joining us, the dinner on the ground (of the Fellowship Hall), Modern Vespers that evening—such a good time of memories, and community and dreaming around the theme of A Foundation…A Future.  

  We continued the month with the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist General Assembly on April 11-13.  We enjoyed a wonderful meal and convocation at Trinity Baptist on Friday night.  The spirit continued on Saturday as we joined our fellow TCBF folk from across the state in service projects throughout Memphis.  And then on Sunday, after our children began Palm Sunday worship morning, we had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator of CBF to our pulpit for worship.   

  Holy Week followed—Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Egg Hunt and Great American Bake Sale, the Flower Cross, Easter Sunrise at Levitt Shell, Easter Worship, and Modern Vespers on Easter evening.   And last weekend, we joined congregations throughout our city in participating in the Mayor’s Faith in Action City Clean-Up on Saturday, followed by an Earth Day emphasis in worship on Sunday, not to mention the River City Band Concert that evening.  

You see what I mean by “Whew!”   Indeed, given this schedule, and the fact that regular meetings and such continued, this may have been the busiest month of my ministerial career, and I would respectfully submit, maybe one of the busiest in the 175 year history of FBC.   But, I’m not complaining.  Are you?  What blessings!  What memories!  What reconnections!  But also…what possibilities!  What opportunities!  What ideas and energy for the future!

Thanks is due to so many: the 175th Anniversary Task Force; Kati Hoffman and Scott Looney who represented us on the TCBF General Assembly planning group; the Missions Committee and their work on the TCBF service day, the Great American Bake Sale, and the Faith In Action Cleanup; the Children’s Committee and Leadership for the Palm Sunday processional and the Easter Egg Hunt; our Flower Cross leaders; and, of course, our amazing ministerial and support staff.  I’m sure I left off someone.  Do forgive me.  

But most of all I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to simply have been a part of God’s good work in and through FBC this past month, as well as the one to come.   So , in the words of Dag Hammarskjold, “For all that has been—Thanks. For all that will be—Yes!”

Grace,   David 


This article was written by Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge and originally published in the May edition of Together.
Posted by Bridget Ellis at 9:49 AM
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