Windows 8 is set to be released sometime next month.* One of the biggest changes from previous versions of Windows is that it offers a new way to restore your computer, “refresh” or “reset.”  Reset, the more drastic of the two options, will completely return your PC to its original configuration.  There’s even a “thorough” option that overwrites all of your data, making it virtually impossible for it to be recovered.  Refresh will clear away anything that you have installed that did not come from Microsoft but will keep all your settings and files.

How do you need God to restore you – a reset or a refresh?  Do you need a clean start with your past erased or do you need a time of refreshing where everything in your life that didn’t come from God is taken away?  God offers both options.  Titus 3:5, a Scripture Memorization Program verse, tells us God saved us “by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.”

This fall we are exploring how God restores his people according to the prophecy in Jeremiah 32, “for I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.”  This week, we are going to explore how God restored his people to their land in Ezra 1 and 2.  If you missed last Sunday, you can get caught up with the sermon and the introductory video on the sermon series page.

The youth mission team did an incredible job last Sunday evening presenting on their mission trip.  Thank you to all who were able to come out and support the team.  The video that was played at the presentation is available here.

This Sunday we will be having our Lasagna Luncheon to welcome college students (and to mark the very first time I visited FBC eight years ago).  If you plan to attend and haven’t signed up yet, please let us know by filling out the form here.

Along with college students, we be welcoming Becky Lahna this Sunday.  She ministers to college students on the North Shore through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.    Becky will be sharing during our Focus on Mission.  You can get to know a bit about her by reading this great article.

Here is what our schedule looks like for this Sunday:

  • 9:00am   Prayer Gathering
  • 9:30am   Sunday School
  • 10:45am Worship
  • 12:00pm Lasagna Luncheon
  • 6:00pm   Youth Group Beach Night

Finally, our fall church meeting is tonight at 7pm.  Please plan to attend if you are able.

In Christ,

Pastor Eric
* Since I mentioned an Apple product in my previous update, I am obligated to mention a Microsoft product in order to avoid the perception of corporate favoritism.