Pastor’s Remarks

Greetings from Pastor Gary

Dear Flora First Christian Church, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I praise God for each of you. You are living up to your reputation of being a great body of believers. It is good to be here. I appreciate serving the Lordwith you. Of course, the search for a new pastor is on everyone’s mind. Please,…

Greetings from Pastor Gary

To the Believers in Jesus Christ in Flora, Indiana, Almost 49 years ago, while in college at Texas Christian University, I had a job working on a bridge-building crew. That particular bridge was part of the I-20 connection between Dallas and Ft. Worth Texas. That experience taught me many lessons that became useful in my career as a minister. Lesson number one:…

Beyond the Pulpit: June 2020

Honest moment: I don’t want to write this article any more than most of you want to read it. I love you all. Knowing that following God is breaking your hearts (and mine) is absolutely one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do. You all are amazing. You love without reservation. You give your all to the Lord.…

Beyond the Pulpit – May – Back to Church!

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! We are heading back to the sanctuary! On May 10, 2020, we will be returning to the sanctuary for worship. What a treat for Mother’s Day! BUT we will be following some strict guidelines as we do. Below you will find the guidelines for returning to worship. For everyone’s safety, we ask everyone to follow the…

Beyond the Pulpit – April

Well. How things have changed. I hope you all are doing well. I miss you! Over the past few weeks, our lives have changed drastically. In an instant – without warning – we suddenly were told to stay at home. We lost physical contact with others. We stopped going to school. We started limiting trips to the grocery and we stopped casual…

Beyond the Pulpit – March

A few weeks ago, we studied the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:10-14). We learned that the reality of shepherding was that the sheep would wander off and get lost leading the shepherd to go looking for the ones who were missing. In other words, the result was the shepherd would have to leave the flock – the proverbial 99 –…

Beyond the Pulpit – February

We had a visitor stop by the church office while we were working on the newsletter. While there, she made a comment that between the weather and all the gloomy news going around, it has been a tough time. And those of us in the office agreed with her.It seems that as of late, we have had bad news after bad news.…

Beyond the Pulpit – January

Christmas 2019 is behind us. The decorations in the sanctuary are slowly coming down. Things will be “back to normal” within a few days. And the thought of Baby Jesus will be long gone. It’s time to look ahead and plan for upcoming events and services. The preschool will be back in full swing soon. And the snowbirds have all gone south.…

Beyond the Pulpit – December

Have you ever stopped to think about what would have happened if Christ had not been born? In God’s infinite wisdom, He devised a plan to bring salvation to the earth beyond what any person could have ever dreamed up. Tell me…would you have ever thought about having God’s son leave heaven to be born as a human by a woman who…

Beyond the Pulpit – November

October was Rock-tober! What an incredible month for serving our Lord and our community!The ministries of the church were running wide-open last month between Youth Sunday, Homecoming, Pastor Nick’s ordination, Chili Supper, Youth trip to Beef and Boards, and the Community Trunk-or-Treat. It was a spirit-filled and activity filled month. God certainly showed up and showed off. We were afforded the opportunity…