On Saturday, January 18, 2020, we gave thanks to God for our newly renovated building and dedicated it to Him. It was a sweet and encouraging time. We were honored to have two of our Pepperell Selectmen join us. They both spoke, and presented PCF with a note of congratulations from the town. Wendy Cummings, a PCF member and a member of the local historical society, also shared some thoughts. You can watch the dedication ceremony, preceded by a short interview with Pastor Jeff and me, by clicking here.
Jeff and I recently got to visit with our friend Dave Pease, of Pepperell Community Media, and walk him through our newly-renovated front building. Dave interviewed us and put together a great video for the Pepperell community that features images of the new building and some explanation from Jeff and me about the history of the building and why we’ve done the renovation work.
To watch the video, click here.
Please invite your local friends to celebrate the completion of our building work with us on Saturday, January 18, 2020. At 1.30pm, we’ll have a short dedication ceremony (some town leaders will join us for that), followed by an open house from 2-4pm. Everyone in the community is invited to join us for either or both of those. Folks can walk through the building and visit with us. Refreshments will be served.
In 2020, our church family will be memorizing the Bible together. Please join us!
Each week, we’ll have a verse or two to memorize and ponder, and we’ll review these verses together in our Sunday services. I’m hoping that everyone at PCF, young and old, will join us in this effort to know God’s Word better.
If you want some biblical foundations for our Bible memory effort, listen here to my recent sermon on Psalm 119.11: ‘I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.’
Our verses will come from the Fighter Verse program of the ministry Truth78. I recommend downloading the excellent Fighter Verses app for your phone from the app store – it’s inexpensive ($2.99) and comes with lots of wonderful memory helps. We’ll also be printing each week’s memory verse in the PCF bulletin and PCF News e-newsletter, so you can follow along that way if you prefer.
Bible memorization is hard work. But it’s worth it. You’d go to considerable work to deposit a $500 check, right? How much more worth it to store up God’s infinitely-valuable, always-true, never-failing Word.
Advent is a time of waiting and a time of cultivating our understanding of, and joy in, the coming of Jesus from Heaven to this world. Let’s seize the opportunity this season provides to deepen our understanding of what the Bible teaches about the first Christmas. I’ve been helped and encouraged this year as I’ve read through Tim Keller’s excellent book Hidden Christmas, and I strongly recommend it as an insightful, exciting, illuminating discussion of Christ’s coming into the world.
Our family has been reading together through an excellent Advent devotional from John Piper. Here’s a free Advent devotional produced by Desiring God several years ago.
Let’s dig in deeper this Christmas!
I’m thrilled that my book on small-town/rural ministry, A Big Gospel in Small Places, has been awarded a Gospel Coalition 2019 book award in the ‘Ministry’ category. I’m grateful for this honor, and hopeful that perhaps it will bring a bit more attention to the important work God is doing in small places throughout our country and our world today.
Here’s the announcement.