A community church in North Andover, Massachusetts

Out Of My Mind – February 2020

As I write this, the church has not held its Annual Meeting, so any comments on that will have to be shared at board and committee meetings directly. Some very positive things have been afoot leading up to the meeting, which is all good.

Now to February. Beside all our regular activities, there are two matters in the life of FCBC taking place in February, and I want to point them out, asking you to mark your calendars.

On Feb. 8, the deacons are holding the second “retreat” from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be a follow-up of the one in September which got us thinking about what we believe the church is and what it should be and what we hope it will become. Judy Branch will again be the facilitator.

The fall retreat was well attended and well received. Please plan to participate, even if you did not attend in September. I’m not in on all Judy’s plans, but I’m pretty sure there will be a time of Bible study and many opportunities to express your ideas.

“To express your ideas…” We want to remember that one of the basic teachings we hold as Baptists is that the Holy Spirit is in the mind and heart of every believer, your heart and your mind. That means we need to hear the hopes, needs and wishes of every member. No idea is too small. There are no insignificant hopes. Please come Feb. 8 and let us hear what’s in your heart and mind.

The other matter is more a reminder: Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, this year is February 26. (Easter is April 12.) Lent is a season of self-examination and prayer. As again we approach the time of year when we remember Jesus passion, death and resurrection, can we agree together to pray with and for each other every day? Pray for our church, our boards and committees? Pray for the different organizations?

One way to pray systematically for the church is simply to go through the directory and each day pray for five or six people or families. God has promised to hear our prayers.


Pastor Rob Branch, interim