This year has been one of change and growth for Furnace Brook. God has been faithfully growing, challenging and molding our Church to align with his vision for Making More and Better Disciples.
We are so thankful for our Church, and all of the people who are diligently serving, sharing their faith, and laboring to grow disciples in our church family.
As spring approaches, we are pleased to see God continuing to do his work in our church community, specifically at the Forest Dale Campus.
` Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.- Lamentations 3:21-23
Forest Dale Sprouts
Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church is pleased to announce two exciting updates in regards to our Forest Dale Campus community.
1) We are changing the service time from 11:00 to 10:00 at the Forest Dale location starting on Easter Sunday, April 1st.
Our heart for the Forest Dale Campus is to see the Brandon and Forest Dale community blessed, to bring more people to Jesus, and to grow the relationship of current believers in that community. With this pursuit, we are shifting service times in an effort to make service more accessible to a larger number of people. With this ideal, we are changing the service time at Forest Dale from 11AM to 10AM. While this may seem like a small shift, we are praying that God would work mightily to bless the faith community in Brandon through the Forest Dale Campus and Church family.
2) We are making Abigail Elliott our Campus Pastor at the Forest Dale location.
In the time since the former Forest Dale and Furnace Brook Wesleyan Churches merged a succession of leaders have worked to keep things running smoothly at the Forest Dale Campus. We are so thankful for the heart and service of all those who have poured into the Forest Dale Campus.
As Abbey Elliott steps into this role, she is taking on more leadership to pursue the vision for a Campus that is vibrant, intergenerational and local. We love Forest Dale. We love the Forest Dale community, we have a heart for its mission, and we are eager to see Forest Dale flourish under God’s hand. Forest Dale is an important and integrated part of Furnace Brook, and we are so pleased to have Abbey come alongside this Campus to Make More and Better Disciples.
We are thankful for Abbey’s servant heart, and ask that you would pray alongside us to bless her, and honor her willingness to pour into the Forest Dale Campus.
Abbey Elliott grew up as part of Furnace Brook Wesleyan and has served in a variety of roles doing everything from leading Bible studies to preparing slides and teaching kids the motions to loud songs. She has been serving in the audio/visual area at the Forest Dale Campus since the merger in 2016, and is committed to the work in that location. We are excited about her leadership and the gifts and insights she brings as a woman in her early twenties.
Please pray for Abbey and the rest of the team at Forest Dale and consider what else you might do through attendance and work to encourage and bolster what it is that God is doing at Forest Dale.
Why Should I Go To Church On Easter?
I've been thinking about getting a gym membership, but I'm not a "gym person." And that's a bigger deal than you might think. I've never been to a gym. My people are not gym people. I have put a lot more effort into avoiding locker rooms than I have ever put into my health.
And so no one needs to convince me that the gym would be a good thing for me. I know I need it. But there is just a huge psychological hurdle and a lot of inhibition to overcome before I get there.
It's much the same with church for people who don't think of themselves as "church people." And I sympathize with that.
But Easter is one of those times when the intrigued and the desperate, the hopeful and the nostalgic have a pretense for overcoming their inhibitions about coming to church. But that's also what makes it hard. No one wants to be dismissed as a "Cheaster" Christian (Christmas and Easter.) If you, or someone you know, is struggling with this tension I want to give you five good reasons for attending church on Easter, even if you have no intention of going again.
Five Good Reasons for Attending Church on Easter, Even If You Have No Intention of Coming Again:
And if you've never been to church before and you show up on Easter morning at Furnace Brook I will take my cue from you and head to the gym on Monday morning. But I'm confident of this: good as the gym may be, the church could mean better things for your soul than the gym could ever mean for my body. If my body gets fit it will still be mortal, but on Easter I will celebration Jesus' resurrection from the dead and the hope that resurrection gives me for my own.
Hope to see you there!
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