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Beloved, let us love one another, for love comes from God. 1st John 4:7

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“The Wonder of Christmas” – on Dec. 2nd we will begin a new, 4 week, church-wide worship and learning series. As we look to the wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others. This would be a great time to invite a friend to join you for worship. The series will be sensitive to those who don’t have faith in Christ or attend church. An invitation can be as simple as saying, “Hey, our pastor is going to be talking about ‘The Wonder of Christmas’ in the weeks leading up to Christmas. How would you like to join us for worship this Sunday? We think you’d really enjoy it.” You never know the eternal difference such a simple invitation might make!

Our congregation recently celebrated the 200th year of its founding. So impacting lives for Christ is not new to us. We, quite literally, have been doing this work for centuries. There is no doubt, however, that what has transpired in our church in recent memory is a unique blessing from God. Not many small churches in small towns throughout America have been able to experience the kind of spiritual renewal, numerical growth and building construction that we have. Unfortunately, in our day, it’s more common for churches to permanently close their doors than to open new ones. That’s what makes the kind of work God is doing in Fredericksburg so important. It’s not just vital to our community; it’s critical to the spiritual fabric of our nation.

Who would have ever thought that God would chose to work in the way He has in our little congregation such that we might build and pay for a facility like ours in only 6 years. Of course, that’s not the most important work that the Lord is doing among us. Since we started worshipping in the new building in October 2015, and once we have a baptism and confirmation service December 10, 2017), we will have celebrated 93 “new shoots” expressing faith in the following ways:

  • 15 first-time professions of faith and believer’s baptisms
  • 41 new members joining through confirmation or reaffirming their faith
  • 4 infant baptisms
  • 33 exploring faith through regular worship attendance and engagement with the church