I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27:13-14

This summer at FBCP, we have seen the goodness of the Lord in so many ways! Here are just a few:

  • We started a church garden, which is now growing!
  • Offerings to the church in April and May were abundant! June was a little slower, but July is already making up for lost ground. Thank you for your extravagant generosity!
  • We have an updated church website! (Check it out at fbcpendleton.org)
  • As part of the Magi Summer Food program, we were asked to fill a total of 32 volunteer spots, spread out over 3 days (July 13, 15, and 16) to help sort and distribute food to families in our community. All volunteer spots are filled! If you still want to help, contact Jane Massey (940-3156) to find out if there are any additional needs.
  • The mission committee sent $200 from our designated Hands On Mission Fund to help provide school supplies for children in Allendale, through our partnership with CBF South Carolina. These funds came from your gifts to the church (10% of funds given to the AC fund go to Hands on Missions, to be allocated as needed by the mission committee.)

In June, I had the opportunity to attend the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, along with 5 other FBCP members (Wayne and Cheryl Patterson, Chris Cottingham, Keleigh Frazier, and Travis Rygg). General Assembly is always a great time for connecting and catching up with friends from across CBF life. The event in Birmingham was the national General Assembly, so I saw friends from Kentucky, Texas, Missouri, Connecticut, Georgia, and other states. Travis and I also attended the annual gathering of the Baptist Women in Ministry, which took place at the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Our trip to Birmingham was a time of spiritual refreshment, encouragement, and challenge. I often leave such events excited about new opportunities for our church and our wider Baptist family, and this year was no exception!

One of the featured speakers at the CBF General Assembly was Paul Baxley, who is the new executive coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  In his first general assembly address as executive coordinator, Dr. Baxley spoke of the love Jesus commanded his disciples to show for one another – love that is active, relentless, and sacrificial.  Dr. Baxley observed that

Often we’re being trained that our first reaction to any type of difference is to be afraid. I want to ask us as followers of a God who parts the Red Sea and raises Jesus from the dead—why is our church these days so seized by fear? Perfect love casts out fear. Perfect love invites us to come to one another in the presence of difference.”

In so many ways, I see FBCP living out this active love – for one another as a church family and for our community.  I am so thankful for the abundant evidence of God’s goodness through FBC Pendleton!

FBCP has the exciting opportunity of hosting CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley next April!  Dr. Baxley will be a guest speaker at the CBF of South Carolina General Assembly, hosted by FBC Pendleton on Friday, April 24, 2020. He has also accepted our invitation to preach in our worship service on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

May we continue to live into our calling as a community of faith who shows and shares God’s abundant love!

— Pastor Jennifer Rygg