Monday Memo - February 24
I have known Tom Shearin for over 30 years. Tom and his wife, Ann, were faithful and fruitful believers. They loved GFC and gave themselves to this body and to our community. Tom served as an elder for many years and provided a dignified example of a man of God. Ann died of leukemia some years ago. After suffering long from Parkinsons, and the effects of a debilitating stroke, last night Tom joined Ann in the presence of their Lord. How great their joy!
As Paul told the Philippians, "hold men like him in high regard." (2:29) We hold Tom Shearin in high regard! Arrangements will be announced later this week.
Both my life and the life of our church have been greatly enriched by men who have and do serve as elders in our church. Their remarkable integrity, wisdom, and faithfulness to God and their families have created a strong foundation for our church and our mission. It is one of my delights and privileges to serve with them. We currently have eight elders.
Over the last several months, the elders have discussed adding 2-3 new elders to our leadership team. In December, this goal was affirmed at our annual retreat. We like to ask people in the church to identify men they either know personally or have observed who they believe should be considered as a potential elder candidate. We invite you to share their names with us. You may respond to this Monday Memo, or email Earle Chute or Jim McMackin.
Let's live this day in light of that day when Christ will come and "transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power He has even to subject all things to Himself." - Philippians 3:21.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Mon, February 24, 2014
by Tom Oyler