From Our Pastor
Our church is in the midst of an exciting chapter in its 213-year history. All around is evidence of God doing amazing things through our worship and educational life, our outreach and acts of mercy. What a joy it is for me to serve as one of your pastors and to share in this One Fund initiative with you!
The initiative is being called FLOURISH as it will be a two-year season of ministry when we begin to imagine DPC’s future and work together to make it a reality. It is an ideal time for us to ponder all of our blessings and pray for God’s guidance. As people who have been richly blessed, God is giving us this time to identify future priorities and provide the resources to make it happen. FLOURISH will provide an ideal opportunity for us to do both things.
In pondering this initiative, I kept coming back to two passages from Scripture. The Psalmist declared that “The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:12-13) The second passage is when Jesus told his first followers: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)
Over the coming months, we will share in opportunities to ponder those words and learn together. We will celebrate all that God has done in leading us to this point, reflect upon next steps in our shared ministry and begin to take first steps in that direction together.
Your leadership, service, and investment in DPC is key to that future. I look forward to discovering with you all the ways that God will help us FLOURISH as a body of Christ.
John M. Willingham