Hello FMC families,
Sunday the younger ages will be learning about John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus. I encourage parents to share when and why you chose to be baptized. If you didn't choose to be baptized, that is also a good story to share. As Anabaptists, we have a history built on adults being baptized, but the emphasis was on choosing to follow Jesus, and choosing to disagree with the established church and state. There is nothing "magical" about baptism, although we always encourage people to follow Jesus and to be baptized as a symbol of following Jesus and choosing a community built upon following Jesus.
The older ages, JYF and MYF, will hear about Service Adventure from our guests, and be asked to consider a year or more of volunteering after high school.
I'm also personally preparing some thoughts for parents about the staffing proposal and ongoing transition in our church. One quick note, is that I am now 32hrs a week, noting that personally I cannot sustain 40hrs a week in a meaningful way - family life, emotional health, and work morale have all be a challenge the past two years of the Transition. I'm hoping working a little less will help. I also told Council that I'm willing to work 20hrs a week, and based on family and children participation, I do not think a full-time role is "cost-effective" anymore. I am always willing to talk with any parents about my personal choice and/or the future vision of faith formation at FMC.
God is with us, as always,
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.