January 10, 2018

Thankfulness

By
John Porter

Philippians 1:3-6: I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

These verses express my heartfelt thanks to the body of First Federated Church for all the support, encouragement and love shown as I prepare for this next phase of my life and ministry.

Paul had such great, positive memories of the Philippian church; it brought joy to his heart because of their fellowship. The Greek word is koinonia, and it means believers sharing the things of Christ. They shared the great truths of Christ, worked together for Christ, and partnered with Christ. This is true fellowship. Knowing without a doubt that God has prepared ALL believers for whatever occurs in our lives.

Thanks to:

  • God for allowing me to be a part of FFC for 59 years and to serve on staff for the last 11 years.
  • My parents who raised me to be a believer of Christ, and who served Him with their entire lives.
  • The Mission Council who has assisted me in supporting, encouraging and communicating missions at FFC.
  • The Stephen Ministers who have come alongside many in our body experiencing crisis in their lives and helping them find hope, meaning and purpose again.
  • Our Parish Nurse, Marabel Kersey, for her support and encouragement to those going through medical issues.
  • Our Card Ministry and Clarice Green, who has sent birthday, get-well, sympathy, and praying-for-you cards to thousands over the years.
  • Our volunteers: 60+ Fellowship, Clothes Closet, Food Pantry, Sunday Coffee, Funeral Lunches and everyone else.
  • Thanks be to God for everyone at First Federated Church as we continue to follow the Spirit’s leading in our personal lives and as a body, until His coming. May God be glorified!

In Christ’s Love,

John Porter

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