Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy


What a great day we had yesterday in church!  It was great to see the auditorium full again.  After the summer vacations, people are settling back into their normal routines for the school year and fall season.  Our annual “Summers End Celebration” was a big hit!  There was much to celebrate – from 7 baptisms, to the report of 473 young people responding to the gospel at the NE Ohio Basketball camp, to the testimonies from our recent trip to Peru and all the great things going on in our children’s ministry.  It was great watching 28 of our young ones stand and recite Ephesians 6:10-18 before the whole church!  Did you know that the curriculum on the armor of God was written by our own people here at FBC?  (Frequently we purchase curriculum.)

After that everyone had a great time at our “picnic on the grounds.”  It was a hot day, but at least nobody was sticking their heads in tubs of ice water!  (Like last year!)  Thank the Lord for that.

Truly, we have much to celebrate here.  We have much to be thankful for.  God has brought us a long way.  We are a much more healthy church than just 18 months ago.  It was refreshing just to clear off a space and brag on God for a while yesterday.

Starting immediately in September, we will be rolling out our updated vision for the rest of the year and beyond.  That will be followed by a series on serving which we are calling:  “(un)reasonable.” We want to help every member become a minister for Jesus Christ.  We will be asking each one to give a minimum of one hour/week service at FBC.  Is that unreasonable?  (Many already do much more than that.)  It is very important for all FBC members to be here this Sunday, September 5th at 10 am, expecting to better understand why and how they can serve the Lord through the ministry of FBC.  Together we can make a much bigger difference in the lives of others.  I can’t wait to share it with all of you.  See you there!

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