Friday, January 13, 2017

01-15-17

Tim's Tidings
 
One of the wondrous facets of the Judeo-Christian tradition is the rhythm of Old Testament prophesy and New Testament fulfillment.  We saw that last week as Rev. Juliann Whipple preached on the story of the Magi following the star to find Jesus and bring him gifts as prophesied in Isaiah 60.  Her challenge to let our lights shine in all we do still resounds with me, and I hope with you too.

 

Today we encounter Jesus as an adult back in his hometown of Nazareth.  He was recently baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.  Luke 4:22 says “as he was praying heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led into the wilderness where he fasted for forty days and was tempted yet prevailed.  Now at home, he enters the synagogue as was his custom.  There he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and he reads:

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

 

 

This prophesy comes from Isaiah 61.  It is a prophesy of what the mission of God’s anointed Messiah will be.  After Jesus read these words in the synagogue, Scripture tells us, “Then  he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat back down. And said, “today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

Here Jesus is saying that he is the promised Savior coming to fulfill God’s mission.  As we look as our mission as a church, as we consider where God would have us join Christ in ministry, what do these words tell us?

 

I look forward to discerning God’s will and particular mission for Eastminster as we journey on.  Get Ready … Get Set … Go!

Blessings,
Tim
 

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 8, 2017


Kristy’s Reflections

 

It has been quite the season and an incredible 110 days with you at Eastminster. We thrived through an inspiring Fall and Christmas Season. On the 67th Anniversary of Eastminster Congregation we will gather together to Install me as Designated Associate Pastor. This is an exciting time in the life of the church and milestone in my journey as Minister. It has been a joy serving with you these few months and I look forward to each new idea, vision and opportunity to do ministry here. To be a minister truly is an Odd and Wondrous Calling. To walk with people through all different facets of life. To stand in the pulpit and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel. To teach young ones, share stories, and build relationships. Today in worship we are celebrating and reflecting on the scriptures described as Epiphany. Following the Star. The Magi were looking towards and in search of a new king. We are following a new journey as we look forward in the life of the church and celebrate all the years of ministry that has happened here and in the world to get us where we are today.

 

May we follow God in the journey life takes us on. I look forward to Jan 22nd when the Presbytery participates in the worship service of Installation as your Associate.

 

Joyfully,   
 
Pastor Kristy

 


 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tim's Tidings 10-02-16

Tim’s Tidings

Last Tuesday the College of Elders met to hear the report of “Vital Signs” of Eastminster Presbyterian Church as expressed in the congregational assessment tool many of you completed.  The results are astounding!  I can’t wait for you to hear them and to discuss them!  My expectation is that each worshipper will take 90 minutes this October to meet in an area Home Group to listen to the results and to prayerfully interact with them.  Your “stewardship of time” by attending a Home Group and sharing your insights will be a great service to Eastminster.

Today following worship you will have the opportunity to sign up to attend a Home Group to be held in mid-October through early November.  Please do so!

At the Home Groups you will hear about the level of satisfaction and energy the church has, the growth of worship, the top priorities listed according to the survey, and where the church stands theologically and in flexibility to meet the challenges of the future.  You will be given a “performance dashboard” that shows where we stand in relationship to 1100 churches in terms of hospitality, morale, conflict management, spiritual vitality and readiness for ministry.  You will hear about how the congregation as a whole discerns a call to grow and to meet the needs of children and families, outreach to the community, education, spiritual growth and mission. 
Most importantly, your voice will be heard as we put these factors into a solid plan for the future considering the financial state of Eastminster.

We have turned some important corners from challenge and uncertainty to opportunity and hope in the last three years.  Eastminster’s story is termed by our consultant, David York, as “miraculous.”  Sign up for a Home Group today and hear what the members of Eastminster, collectively, sense God has done and desires to do through Eastminster … and be a part of the continuing conversations!

Love,


Tim

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 25

On behalf of the Strategic Planning Team, thank you to the 135 people who completed congregational surveys as part of the Vision 2025 planning effort.  These surveys are now being analyzed and the results will be reported as follows:

1.       This Tuesday September 29 at 6 p.m. all ordained elders will meet as a “College of Elders” with David York of Holy Cow Consulting and the Strategic Planning Team to hear a detailed report of the results.  These congregational leaders will interact with the results prayerfully and thoughtfully.

2.       Between mid October and early November there will be “Home Groups” where the results will be presented to Eastminster worshippers for prayer and discernment by the Strategic Planning Team.  I hope that every worshipper will commit to attending one of the Home Groups to share in the discernment process and lend wisdom to the shaping of our future together.

3.       The results of the surveys and the wisdom coming from the Home Group meetings will guide our planning efforts in the year 2017 and beyond.
Although I don’t know the specifics of the survey results, I did receive a text from the consultant that simply states:  “GREAT report.  This will be fun!”  It appears as if we are moving into the wonderful position of addressing more opportunities than challenges.  Praise God!  Pray that we will be good stewards that seek to “bear fruit” for God’s kingdom.

One of the ways we “bear fruit” is by investing our time, talent and treasure in service to the Lord.  A very talented group of ladies have been doing just that by knitting prayer shawls to be given to those who would benefit from a tangible reminder of God’s presence and love to envelop them in times of need.  This group is enjoying getting together for prayer, fellowship and ministry on Wednesday afternoons.  You will see the fruit of their labors during Sunday worship as we add our prayers to theirs, seeking God’s blessings for the persons that will receive these gifts of love from our congregation.

Finally, thanks to the Congregational Care and Outreach Committees for hosting the Back to Church Weekend.  What a wonderful day of worship and fellowship over a great meal!  Reaching out and welcoming the community “bears fruit” in many ways.  One of those ways is incorporating others in the life of Eastminster.  Today we welcome seven new members who will certainly enrich life together as we continue to grow in God’s love.  Welcome  to God’s church here at Eastminster!
It is a joy to worship and serve together.  May God bless you and use us all as blessings this week.

Love,
Tim

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 18, 2016

On behalf of Eastminster, welcome to all who are visiting today as part of Back to Church Sunday!

I hope you experience friendliness and God’s presence here.  I hope you relax and enjoy worshipping, eating and relating here today.  Eastminster is a place where you are allowed to be yourself and to grow as God leads.
Just what is Eastminster like?  When asked to describe Eastminster here are some things people say:

·         Diverse—a kaleidoscope of people and programs seeking to grow in Christ and to show God’s love

·         Comfortable, with interesting thoughtful members

·         God centered and loving; filled with the Spirit

·         Full of talent, love and outreach

·         Inclusive, open--minded, living the ministry of Jesus

·         A welcoming community

·         I love this church and the direction it is taking

·         The worship is powerful; there is a spirit of cooperation; the congregation practices a theology of love and grace.

·         God-centered and caring, a beacon of light in the area

·         I am inspired and refreshed for the week ahead.
Eastminster is a growing church which seeks to be relevant to the needs and opportunities of the community. Your experience counts! I am interested in what you experience today.  Please take time to speak with me at the door or at the Back to Church Luncheon following the service. 

You are guests at the luncheon and the magic show for all ages.  Please relax, worship, stay for lunch and enjoy.  Welcome to Eastminster Church!

Blessings,
Tim

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Welcome Robert McBride! Director of Music Ministry/Organist


This summer has been full of activity in worship, missions, children, youth and adult spiritual growth about which many know from direct participation.  Our administrative teams have also been active in staffing Eastminster with the best personnel available.  Today Eastminster announces Robert McBride as Director of Music Ministry/Organist

 Robert McBride is a native of Melbourne, Florida.  At an early age he began piano studies with Joseph Kreines.  He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees from Louisiana State University.  His organ teachers have included Hilton Jones and Herndon Spillman.

Mr. McBride is a church musician with 35 years of experience (he started young!).  He has directed and accompanied in Protestant and Catholic churches as well as in community organizations such as the Indialantic Chamber Singers.  His choirs led worship in many of the great cathedrals in Italy, including the Duomo Cathedral in Florence, the Milan Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, St. Mark's in Venice, and St. Ignatius and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and have had the opportunity to sing for both Pope John Paul II and Benedict the XVI at their Wednesday audiences.  Robert has also organized tours through Portugal, Spain and France.

Robert comes here to oversee our entire worship and arts ministry, engaging in five principle functions.  He will direct choirs for our traditional worship services, accompany on organ and keyboard, direct Eastminster’s bell choirs, serve as keyboardist for contemporary worship, and lead our music ministry to youth.  A leader of classic music for years, Robert is also an energetic proponent of contemporary Christian music and committed to the development of the musical abilities of young musicians.  He recently formed the youth musical group, Earthen Vessels, which has performed several concerts in our area.

In addition to the functions called for in Eastminster’s portfolio, Robert is also an orchestral bassoonist. He studied bassoon with William Ludwig and has held principal bassoon positions with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.

Robert comes as the unanimous selection of the Director of Music Ministry/Organist Search Team, which evaluated over 20 highly qualified applicants and interviewed four candidates.  Members of the Search Team include Mike Drushal (chair), Claire Gibbs (secretary), Anne Adams (co-secretary), Gloria Baur, David Dunn, Teresa Fleenor and Bonnie Griffith.  Ron Marshall served as the liaison from the Personnel and Administration Committee, which also unanimously endorsed Robert McBride’s candidacy.

Robert’s first weekend in worship at Eastminster will be August 27-28.  Come prepared to welcome Robert and to be blessed by the ministry of Eastminster’s various choirs, praise teams and instrumentalists. What a joy it is to serve the Lord with such a talented staff and faithful congregation.  Welcome Robert!

See you in Church,

Tim