We are in the bulding and serving the Lord

We are in the bulding and serving the Lord

We’re In!”

C.S. Lewis wrote of heaven that “all of the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that … Some day, God willing, one day we will get in.”  Our collective heart and mind as a fellowship has been similarly rustling with desire for simply (or at least provisionally) getting “into” our new church.  

 

 

It is my privilege as the Pastor of First Baptist Church to formally announce that, as of Sunday, November 24, we will be in our new church!  We will have our adult and children’s classes, share worship and fellowship – Oh, it will be grand! We have so many reasons for which to be thankful as we anticipate occupancy of our building and the forthcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  God has been so good to us. We are grateful for His every ounce of provision.  We were offered, within one hour of the fire that gutted our old building, the use of the nearby Fellowship House for our services of worship.  No one could have foreseen that there we would remain for eight-and-one-half years, yet we were never made to feel other than entirely welcome.  The hospitality of the Board, of the staff and, notably, of the Executive Director, who proved even more to be our friend.  

 

God directed us to the architectural firm of Althouse, Jaffe & Associates – He truly did and they truly did a sensational job for us.  They have become true friends of our church, and I am honored to say of me personally.  It is always a joy when a spirit of professionalism combines with a spirit of genuine humility and love; these individuals have proven themselves to be stellar examples of such a beneficent hybrid. Kingdom Builders, a ministry of the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware, provided much fuel to the project, a fuel composed of earnestness, skill and pure love.  “Bob” was the key figure, coming all the way from Delaware County on a daily basis with tools around his waist, love in his heart and a sense of God’s calling in his head – a truly unbeatable combination, we might add!  He and a small cadre of colleagues worked alongside of us for upwards of three years, and we are ever in their debt, a debt that can only be redeemed by way of similar expressions of Christ’s love.  

 

I must express how deeply thankful that I am for our church leadership.  They helped to keep our eyes on Jesus, on His Word and on prayer, and on the work of ministry and mission.  They applied themselves to hammer and broom and brush, but continued to apply themselves on bended knee, in the Word and in service to the Body.  All of us at FBC are indebted to, as well as challenged by, them to acts of emulation in Christ’s love. Ministries of prayer, of worship and of counsel and of addictions recovery have continued, for which we thank God and to which we accredit so much of the blessing that continues to be lavishly bestowed upon our lovely little fellowship. A healthy aggregate of our fellowship have come amongst us since the fire, including a bevy of children, leading to the resumption of our ministry to children, and a fruitful ministry it has proven to be!  We are so grateful to our volunteer staff, committed as thy have been to our children’s growth in the Gospel. We continue in close partnership with The Philadelphia Bible Society, Christians United against Addictions and Harvest U.S.A., as well as a number of missionaries and their work around the world and with International Christian Concern, a ministry to and on behalf of the persecuted Church.  Our church has never been allowed to take her eyes off of the work of ministry and mission, even while we were in our own mode of wilderness.  

 

The authorities of the Borough of Conshohocken have worked cooperatively and graciously with us, as have several contracting firms, too numerous to mention in this context but too helpful to us to forget. We thank God for the innumerable persons who have been blessing us by their prayers and by their financial support.  Our congregation is comprised of individuals who give faithfully and consistently, and we have been blessed with many benefactors from outside of our formal fold.  The last two years have brought us unsolicited gifts, all of which have arrived in a timely (dare we say providential?) fashion, as they have been instrumental in taking us into our new church. And how can we forget those few amongst us who labored long and hard to provide this beautiful new church which will now be home to the fellowship of FBC?  They are giants, and should be remembered as such, as they never flagged in their spiritual commitment to Christ even as they gave themselves to the construction of the building.   

 

The Psalms are replete with lyrical expressions of praise and gratitude for God and for His goodness to His people.  Psalm 95, or at least a portion thereof, is a splendid articulation of what we at First Baptist are thinking and feeling right now: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.  For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.  In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.  The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.  Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care (vv 1-7, NIV). He has proven it and we have experienced it, time after time, ad infinitum but never ever ad nauseum – May His Name be lifted up and extolled in and through the lovely little fellowship that resumes meeting on the corner of 4th and Harry in the lovely little borough of Conshohocken!
 Bradley E. Lacey, Pastor

Our address is:

First Baptist Church

            100E Fourth Avenue

            Conshohocken, PA 19428

Thank you!  May His Name be praised!