Pastor's Note
A word from Reverend, Dr. Allison Byerley, Senior Pastor

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Welcome to 2019! This year we are going to be focusing on foundational subjects in worship and study. Specifically, our mission statement, our vision statement, and intentionally growing as disciples. Our worship in January is going to center around our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and our vision to build relationships in an ever-changing world that last for eternity. Both of those short statements contain a lot that we are going to unpack and explore.

To help us, we have a couple of new features in the newsletter, and we are open to your ideas as well. First, in my prayer time the day after Christmas, God made it clear that it was time to read the Bible through again. I read the Bible every day, but it has been a while since I started in Genesis and read through Revelation. I even have a Bible that breaks the readings down for me! As I prayed about this, God had another great idea, one that will help keep me on track. Why not invite others on the journey with me? So, in each newsletter this year, and in the Sunday bulletin, you will find readings for each day of the month. If you are like me, you will find that the readings will generate questions. You can email me, or hang around after coffee hour on Sundays and I will be available to answer any folks might have. You can use any Bible that you have; you can even listen to the Bible, if you have an audio version.

Second, we are going to have book reviews each month in The Spire on a book that the reviewer found helped him or her grow spiritually. I'll be doing the first month, but after that, look for other members to share books with you and why they are meaningful. I look forward to finding some new reading material too!

Third, there will be a short article each month that focuses on a particular aspect of the life of a disciple. This month it is based on an article by Thom Rainer, a well-known writer on discipleship and church life. See page 4.

Making disciples for the transformation begins with us, you and me. As we enter 2019, let's covenant to grow in our discipleship and build those relation-ships with God and each other that will last for eternity.

Allison

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