Have you ever met anyone named “Haiyan”? And yet, how many times in the last week have you prayed for the people in the Philippines who are suffering from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan? God has given us an opportunity to call on His name. God has given us an opportunity to give to alleviate human suffering. Haiyan’s tragedy, though not caused by God—can certainly be used by God to reveal His love for people on the other side of the planet. He can also use this tragedy to connect us with His purpose of making Himself known.
Next Sunday evening, our congregation will meet in the Great Hall at 6:00 p.m. for the regularly scheduled November Church Business Meeting. During that meeting, your Deacon Nominating Committee will be bringing its recommendation for the congregation’s consideration and vote.
What are all the flags about? One of our traditions as a congregation is to celebrate this season of each year through a Missions Offering, making gifts that are over and above our regular tithes and offerings. Six annual offerings from six of our ongoing mission partners are listed on the special green and blue envelopes you’ll find before you as you worship.
What a wonderful turnout for the Strategic Planning “Progress and Plans” presentation last Sunday evening! I am deeply appreciative of all who participated—we’re partners in ministry as we pursue God’s purpose for First Baptist Plano together.
It is so good to be home with you for worship and ministry today! “Walking in the Footsteps of Peter, Paul, and Mark” over the last two weeks was a wonderful experience. It always seems to put the Scriptures and the Spirit-inspired writers in three dimensions, moving them from black and white to full HD color! Being in Italy was a blessing; being home is better still. God bless America!