First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
815-544-6402

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015



Friends,

I love you.

You know that.

Yet as our life and ministry continue to expand in our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main and beyond, it's important to take the time to say it.

There is nowhere else that I'd rather be in life and ministry.

I have not been tempted in any way from my call to you in over a decade; and unless Rome decides to...

Just kidding.

I want you to know I remain committed to you as undershepherd with enthusiasm and without equivocation.  Because of events back in October 2011 with Eugene and covenant brothers in Montana, my energy and enthusiasm to grow with you in Him continue to deepen and He is providing the Philippians 4:13 wherewithal for the next two decades; unless, of course, I'm knocked off by an Islamofascistnutball or someone whose got a Matthew 10:22 grudge against me or I get what I deserve for not wearing a helmet.

Of course, I know I leave a lot to be desired from someone in my position.  I mess up.  I don't always come through for people as they'd prefer.  I am stubbornly Christocentric.  I don't play footsies with apostates.  I am not afraid of anyone.  I don't water down reality.  My yes is yes and my no is no.  And if someone has the courage to ask a question, I will give an answer; always ready to confess, repent, and beg forgiveness according to our perfect Lord Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense.  But, yeah, as someone once said before leaving the church, I can be a jerk.  I am only scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus and how to love Him by loving like Him.

With that in mind, I praise the Lord for Vicki Pooley, our Parish Nurse, and Jim Bellair, our assistant to the pastor, who continue to expand our care in the family.

While my concentration must be in the hospitals, pastoral crises, emergencies, and regular "transitional moment" visits in nursing homes, and other stuff, Vicki coordinates our Visitation Team to express our care for those in nursing homes and family who are confined to the home.  Jim has been especially helpful in extending our evangelistic outreach, providing care and counseling to family and folks referred to us by the family, teaching, and increasing opportunities to share the gospel. 

Annnnnnd always remember that anyone on our staff is available asap when contacted directly.

It is our privilege to serve you as Him and Him as you in a Matthew 25 kinda way.

Blessings and Love!

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