Last night, Bill Shortal announced to the choir and musical ensembles of First Church that the time has arrived for him to retire.
First, Bill is an incredibly gifted and talented person and musician.
Second, I am completely committed to maintaining the quality, creativity and theology of First Church’s music and arts ministry.
Third, in this transition of leadership, you and I will need to pray for God’s guidance and direction.
Finally, I will claim for all of us, Jesus’ promise that he will not leave us alone.
The role of stewardship in the Christian life
Through your giving, you will be blessed, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift glorifies God. As the Bible says, “The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” (Proverbs 11:25 — The Message)
Epic is our Confirmation Class.
Each year, confirmands of First Church share their expressions of personal faith. Here are the words of this year’s Epic students: