Dear Church,

This morning as I watched my two oldest girls getting ready for school, I noticed that they had a little more pep in their step than they usually do at 6:30 in the morning. On most mornings, Sara and I have to pull the covers off their beds and drag their sleepy selves downstairs! But not this morning. This morning was different. There was energy through the whole house. My girls were decked out in all their favorite red, white, and blue attire! When I asked them why they were so excited for school, they answered at the exact same time, “Dad, today we have the Veterans Day Parade! We get to say thank you to all the men and women who serve our country.” As they walked out the door and made their way to school, I knew that they were going to have a great day, in part because they were going to take part in a great celebration.

Like many of you, I know significant numbers of people who have served our country over the generations. We owe them our gratitude each and every day, but in particular on Veterans Day. This Sunday at FBC, we will take a few moments during our worship services to properly say “Thank You” to our veterans.

In addition to celebrating Veterans Day, this Sunday we will also take time during the worship service, especially in the Pastoral Prayer, to honor the lives of those members of our community who have passed away over the last twelve months. For the past three years, this has been done in an evening service, but this year we have decided to bring this moment back to our Sunday morning experience at 11:00.

It is going to be an incredible day of worship at FBC! I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,