1.15.21
 
“To be absent from the body
is to be present with the Lord.”
II Corinthians 5:8
 
I find myself in a reflective perspective this morning as I remember one, Dan Johnson, and the celebration and honoring, yesterday, of his living, and deep appreciation for the influence and impact Christ had on me thru him!
 
I give thanks to God for Dan and rejoice he is “present with the Lord“, but also grieve as one who believes and hopes in Jesus Christ.
 
I also rejoice that “for such a time as this” I am “present in the body” and with you and for the precious calling to “preach not myself but Jesus Christ as Lord” and to pastorally serve His interest in you and ‘US‘!
 
As we have the opportunity I encourage us to “seize the moment” to “walk wisely” and “walk in love” for God and “one-another” thru Christ and by His Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, the Head of the Church, is doing a fresh amazing thing @ FC in this season! He is building His church and we are so blessed to be a part of that which the “gates of Hades” will never prevail against.
 
I want to simply express to you today, my sincere heartfelt thanks to God for you and our growing fellowship and His perfecting work in and thru us, and because Jesus loves me and us . . .
 
I love you guys!”
 
Pastor MLK
 

 
12.31.20
 
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on,
that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-14
 
Those verses penned by the Apostle Paul, were ones that shaped the living of one Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), who penned the classic devotional “MY Utmost for His Highest”!
 
As we begin a new year, 2021 A.D. (in the year of our Lord, in reference to His birth), those verses are so fitting for ‘US‘ @ FC! I am embracing them and trusting in Him as I focus upon Him to increasingly conform me to His likeness and manifest His Life thru me by His Spirit in fresh ways, no matter the changes or challenges of 2021! Will you join me?
 
“Blessed 2021 Fellowship Chapel,
I love you guys!”
 
Pastor MLK
 

 
12.23.20
 
” . . . and you shall call His name JESUS!”
Matthew 1:21b
 
Jesus, the name above all names!” How I rejoice in the “good tidings of great joy” that there is born to us a “Savior, who is Christ the Lord“!
 
As we continue our plan for “Christmas Eve 2020” we are sensing a need to adjust our planning.
 
In light of our desire to glorify God by exalting Christ, as well as encouraging and extending His church by proclaiming Jesus the Christ the Son of God to as many as possible, we initially planned on having a “Drive-In” service to protect the health of all who may attend. But in light of the forecast of heavy rain and possibly high winds, we sense it will limit our ability to do that in “sight and sound” as planned.
 
Therefore we are planning a unique virtual event from my home we are calling “Christmas Eve 2020: From my Heart to Your Home!” You can view this intimate event @ 7:00p on our Fellowship Chapel YouTube channel! (I am so enthused about it!)
 
I want to encourage you to gather your family together and allow me to enter your home and read the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus, accompanied by some heartfelt encouraging insights centering on the glorious names and titles of Jesus. We are entitling this time “You shall call His name Jesus!” 
 
So, gather as a family on Thursday, rejoice in the “Reason for the Season” in your home, and have a “Blessed Christmas 2020“!
 
“I love you because Christ 1st loved me!”
 
Pastor MLK

12.18.20
 
“But when the fullness of the time had come,
God sent forth His Son, . . .”
Galatians 4:4
 
In God’s perfect timing He sent forth “His Son” to us, for us, to live in us, and thru us for His glory!
 
He fulfilled His Ministry and Mission perfectly! Now it is “our time” to fulfill our mission and ministry of loving and proclaiming Him! In that light this weekend is “such a time“. I encourage you to inform and invite all those you know to “come and adore” Jesus Christ as revealed in our “Drive-Thru” Nativity, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00p-9:00p. As Brian Holbrook has stated “This may be the only ‘church’ some will attend this year” and what a way to point to and proclaim Him as our living “Hope” in sight and sound!
 
Also, “Family Worship” @ 10:30a will be our annual “Christmas Sunday 2020“! It will be a special and powerful time of intimate worship in Scripture Reading/Insights, Christmas Praise, and Spiritual Response! It is another opportune “time” to redeem by inviting family or friends to join you as we proclaim Jesus “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord“!
 
So prayerfully, I will see you this weekend @ one or both of these “Christ-centered and exalting” events in person or you will see me virtually!
 
“Looking unto Jesus Christ the Lord
Who loves us and I love you!”
 
Pastor MLK

12/16/20
 
” .. . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:11
 
I first remember hearing that scripture quotation in 1965 while watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” when I was 7 years old! It has since been in my heart and I love proclaiming it annually during this time of year!
 
I wanted to inform, remind, and encourage you to plan on joining us and inviting others to be a part of this “Christmas Season 2020” @ FC. Our upcoming events will be ones that exalt Jesus, edify His church, and extend His church as we present, point to, and proclaim Him ” . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord“!
 
Our upcoming opportunistic events are:
 
Live Nativity 2020“! A Drive Thru event on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 from 6:00p-9:00p. I believe in the light of 2020, this could be more important than ever!
 
Christmas Sunday 2020“! An extra special time of ‘intimate worship’ in “Family Worship” of Scripture Reading/Insights, Christmas Praise, and Pastoral encouragement for our living as we finish 2020 and prepare for 2021!
 
Christmas Eve Drive-In Celebration 2020“! We believe the healthiest way this Christmas Eve 2020 to exalt Jesus, encourage His church, and proclaim Him as ” . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” is to have a “Drive-In” format. It will be unique to be sure, but also structured to “Celebrate Jesus” in praise and proclamation! I believe it is going to be one of those “do not miss” moments @ FC!
 
Melissa Eyler is famous @ the Chapel for coining the statement “Fellowship Chapel knows how to do Christmas!” This “Christmas 2020” I invite you to “do Christmas” with us and invite others to join you (as I am) to “Celebrate the Reason for the Season: Jesus our living Hope!”
 
“Loving you guys with the love of Jesus for you thru me!”
 
Pastor MLK

11/25/20
 
“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into HIs courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name, for the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
Psalm 100:1-5

“Have a Blessed Thanksgiving 2020”

 

“Thanking God for and loving you guys in and thru Jesus Christ!”

Pastor MLK


11/19/20
 
: . . .; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms
and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in you heart
to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:18b-20
 
As Christ, who is our life, lives His spiritual life in and thru us by the filling of the Holy Spirit, He manifests Himself in an attitude of gratitude reflected in actions of giving thanks! I am so enthused and anticipating hearing your “giving thanks” with a grateful heart this Sunday!
 
“Jesus loves you and I love ‘us’!”
 
Pastor MLK
 

11/19/20
 
“This is one of my favorite Sundays @ Fellowship Chapel”
 
I am always reminded of that as we approach our “Annual Testimony of Thanks”! In the light of 2020, I believe there is no better “spiritual vaccine” than looking unto Jesus, living by faith in Him, rejoicing in Him, and giving thanks to God the Father thru Him!
 
So I encourage ‘us‘, if you are ready and able, join your “spiritual family” and come prepared Sunday to worship in “spirit and truth” as we publically “give thanks with a grateful” heart! We have arranged our set up to facilitate our sharing.
 
“Thanking God for and loving you with all my heart!”
 
Pastor MLK

11/18/20
 
“But when the fullness of the time had come, . . .”
Galatians 4:4a
 
What an incredible revelation from God the Father by God the Holy Spirit thru the Apostle Paul in regards to the first coming of God the Son! I love how Dr. David Jeremiah states, “God’s calendar had a day with a big star on it – when the time was right for Christ to be sent forth into this world!”
 
In that light, our calendar for November/December 2020 @ FC has several dates with stars on them which integrates with what Christ is doing in and thru us in this time! I want to encourage you to “save these dates” as we close our 2020!
 
NOVEMBER
 
22: 2020 Testimony of Thanks / Hanging of the Greens
25: Community Thanksgiving Service at North Harford Baptist Church
29: “In the fullness of time
         2020 Annual Meeting
 
DECEMBER
 
 6: “In the fullness of time: Mary!”
       2020 Community Tree Lighting @ 4:30 PM
 
13: “In the fullness of time: Joseph!
       2020 Budget / Leadership Confirmation (Vote!)”
 
19 / 20:  “Live Nativity” @ 6:30 PM-(?)
 
20: “In the fullness of time: Jesus!”
 
24: 2020 Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration @ 7:00 PM
 
27: “In the fullness of time: the Wise Men!
 
In these challenging and changing times, how I rejoice we are united with an unchanging Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ, the Son of God!
 
I am so enthused as I keep my eyes fixed on Him to be a part of what He is doing at FC (a powerful fresh perfecting!), and in our world! As we approach the weekend, we have for my 32 years here, set aside to “Give Thanks to God” by sharing testimonies of His greatness and glory together. I encourage you to plan and be prepared to “give thanks” even in a “COVID-19” crisis!
 
And finally, I want you to know how “I thank God @ every remembrance” of you all and the honor He has given me to serve the interests of Jesus Christ to, for, and in you!
 
“Gratefully giving thanks in love for you guys!
 
Pastor MLK

 


11/14/20
 
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord
and in the power of His might.”
Ephesians 6:10
 
I am so enthused and encouraged @ the new and fresh things Jesus Christ is doing in and thru us @ FC including new families attending, others returning, and all the while Him perfecting His good work in this season of COVID-19!
 
In this dynamic, challenging, and unprecedented season, it seems we are ever changing in so many ways. (Increasing cases in Harford County and restrictive actions taken by our County Executive Barry Glassman!)
 
In that context, and in light of the new “Executive Order” from the Executive Department of the State of Maryland and Governor Hogan on November 11, 2020, out of abundance of caution and so many unknowns we have adjusted and updated our Plan and Protocol for “Re-Assembling” to reflect respect for our governing authorities appointed by God and their directives for the Lord’s sake (I Peter 2:13-17; Romans 13:1-7). Please see the attached “FC: Strong in the Lord”: A Plan and Protocol for Re-Assembling. Also we have available the new Executive Order, if you desire to review it, which is intended to protect the public welfare and health of all Marylanders! (Applicable parts I see for us are: Section III, a; and Section IV a.b.c.)
 
We know there are so many views on the Corona Virus @ this time and how to navigate it, and we may have varying perspectives, but we are thankful that this Order does not restrict our meeting in person (as some states), and we look forward to continuing our process of re-assembling and expanding our ministries!
 
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you during this season, for your love, acceptance, and patience with me as I endeavor to continue to navigate (as a pastor as well as a citizen of Maryland) these days biblically and wisely as a new creation in Christ for our benefit (spiritually and physically) and God’s glory!
 
“I love you guys!”
 
Pastor MLK 

10/31/20

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of
thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
I Timothy 2:1-2
 
Location! location! Location! As I understand it, that is an essential in real estate. Pray! Pray! Pray! I know that is an essential in living as a new creation in Christ!
 
As we approach a “defining” election in America, I encourage you to 1st pray, then vote, then pray! In that light, I invite and request your presence Sunday morning, @ 9:30, downstairs in the main room, to pray together for America and God’s perfect and providential will to be done for our conformity to Christ and His glory!
 
In this consequential season, I will be forwarding you an email I received from the Family Research Counsel and Tony Perkins who participated with Franklin Graham in the Prayer March 2020. I hold them in high regard and the information given provides a stark contrast of perspectives.
 
Pastorally, I encourage you and ‘US‘, continue to run the race marked out for ‘US‘, looking unto Jesus, living thru Him and by the power of the Spirit with confidence, conviction, courage, and compassion!
 
“I love you guys, I love you guys, I love you guys!”
 
Pastor MLK 
 
Reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday – be sure to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday! 

10/28/20

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
Daniel 2:20-21

“This is the most consequential election in my lifetime.” (Progressive Commentator on 10.28.2020)

“This year’s election is a critical referendum on two vastly divergent visions for the future of our country. Our vote will have lasting and perhaps devastating effects for decades to come.” (Franklin Graham)

I, along with you, can agree with both of these statements. As I have contemplated the days we are living in, it seems to me the election will serve not as a thermostat, setting the temperature of a nation, but as a thermometer revealing the spiritual temperature of our nation (viewpoints; values; perspective; priorities)!

In that light, I want to pastorally encourage you, my family and friends @ FC, to do @ least 3 things:

  • Read GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR WEEK from a friend of FC, Dr. Lewis Gregory. It is excellent and encouraging. (Share it with others if you choose!) There’s a zipped pdf download link below.
  • Vote, as I am planning on doing today! (God given privilege and responsibility.)
  • Possibly most importantly “Pray for America”! I want to encourage you to join me on Sunday @ 9:30a, @ FC to pray together for the U.S. A! We see God’s miraculous working recorded in the ‘OT’ (Hebrew Scriptures) and ‘NT’ as His people and church pray together! 

I confess I do not know what God’s specific will for America is or where we are exactly on the prophetic timeline, but this I do know, we, as new creations in Christ are called and commanded to pray (Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; I Timothy 2:1-7), and we are assured that the effectual fervent prayer of righteous men and women avails much (James 5:16)! 

So, knowing all the reasons not to join me, I ask, will you join me and do the revealed will of God with me and pray this Sunday @ 9:30a?

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

“We serve a mighty big God. The Bible says, ‘God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think.’ I believe in a God who not only hears our prayers but who can answer them.” (Franklin Graham)

“Rejoicing in our God who is in control and knowing He is working all for our good and His glory!”

Pastor MLK

Read: GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR WEEK 

Download: GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR WEEK


10/14/2020

” . . . make disciples . . . “
Matthew 28:19a
 
What a privilege to be on mission with the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior flowing from our love for Him!
 
We have a unique opportunity for ‘US‘ to fulfill together the “Great Commission” with our upcoming ‘North Harford Community Revival: Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ‘ Tent Revival on Sunday thru Tuesday. It promises to be 3 days of exalting Christ, edifying the church, and evangelizing those who are not yet in Christ!
 
The praise from our “Praise Team 2020” and George and Val will be inspiring! The testimonies from Joan Derry, Jake Brown, Paul and Sara Oswald and Rephael and Emily Yousefi will be uplifting! The proclamation from God’s Word by Tim Canatella, Pastor John Manry, Charles Clough, and Jik Yousefi will be powerful and hopeful in regard to Jesus for us, to us, in us, and thru us! These will be “defining moments” for many!
 
In that light, I urge you to plan on attending (do not miss a session) but also invite others to join you! Also, please contact ‘US‘ today @ 410.557.8859, chapel3821@msn.com (or respond to this email) as I need volunteers for various service opportunities!
 
To assist in communication, later today you will receive by email the invitation created by Andrea to forward to others to invite them.
 
In relation to a special prayer request from Melissa Eyler, please be praying for Ashton Smith who came on the prayer march trip with us. He was released from cancer treatment the other day only to experience excruciating pain, being taken to the ER and then admitted to VA hospital last night. His kidney function spiked up quite high. Pray for wisdom for his doctors in treating him & for his wife, Cheryl.
 
Finally, ‘seize this moment’ to “make disciples” as you pray, participate, and invite!
 
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory  in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
 
Pastor MLK

10/9/2020

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
I Peter 4:10

How thankful I am to God for the ‘so great a salvation’ we have in the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior, and for you my brothers and sisters in Christ! If there ever was a time to use your spiritual gifting as well as talents, time, and treasure it is “for such a time as this”! I want to encourage everyone to participate to some degree in our ‘North Harford Community Revival: Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ‘!

The vision is to proclaim to our community the hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior in these ‘hopeless’ times. The plan is for a 40’x100′ tent on the Field of Faith with 200 chairs for physical distance! We will begin Sunday morning (October 18) @ 10:30a with “inspirational music”; “uplifting personal testimonies”; and an “encouraging message of hope” from Tim Canatella. We will continue nightly with the same format with different testimonies and speakers (John Manry, Sunday evening; Charles Clough, Monday evening; and Jik Yousefi, Tuesday evening). Additionally we will have some special music and videos with nightly invitations to believe in Jesus Christ or pray with someone!

In light of our vision and plan, we need your prayers and participation. A few requests:

Pray for who you will invite to join you (believer or not yet believer) and invite them.
Participate by attending and serving. We need volunteers to be available to pray with people who are inquiring about faith in Jesus or people who just desire prayer. Also people who may be available to serve as encouragers, greeters, servers for cider, care giving for children or participate in children’s activities. If you can or are willing to serve, please let me know as soon as possible @ the FC email (chapel3821@msn.com – or phone (410.557.8859)!
We are communicating this event in our community thru social media platforms and signage, but the response to it will be primarily thru us reaching out to ones we know and care for. You will be receiving an email with a flyer to forward to family and friends, as well as copies that will be available this Sunday for you to distribute, if you prefer!

As I have mentioned on Sunday, our Elders/Deacons are so enthused about this opportunity and as we have taken each step of faith God has blessed us with His peace! (We still have a major prayer request: the Tent Permit for Harford County has not yet been received!)

Dear FC family , this is a major event for us! I appeal to you to join us as we endeavor, in these unprecedented days, to proclaim Jesus Christ our hope of glory!

“The Father so loved the world that He sent His Son who loves us and gave Himself for us, and I love you!”

Pastor MLK


10/8/2020

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church,
and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
Matthew 16:18

In these historical and unprecedented days, when so much has been shuttered, the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior is fulfilling His promise to “build His church” and the “gates of Hades will never prevail”!

What a privilege to be a part of “His church” @ FC and to join Him in what He is doing, in particular our ‘North Harford Community Revival: Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ‘ Revival, Renewal, and Refreshment! My prayer is that you will share our Vision in exalting Jesus as well as edifying and extending His church thru this event! Will you not only share the Vision but participate in the plan by praying, inviting and serving? It is incredible the inspiring praise, personal testimonies, and encouraging proclamations that are planned, centering on Jesus and our Hope in Him!

Please let me know how you can serve during this event. We need you!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21

Pastor MLK


9/25/2020

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every
prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.”
Philippians 1:3-4

Last week I heard someone say that “Thankfulness is the highest form of thinking”. I have been pondering that statement and I have been reflecting on God’s command “in everything give thanks”! I have found myself counting my blessings which include my so great a salvation in Christ, His indwelling presence, the Holy Spirit, His Word, my family, you, His promises, and on and on! I have enjoyed the powerful effect it has on my living and my perspective in these challenging and uncertain times! I invite you, join me “giving thanks with a grateful heart” as we rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ!

I am so spiritually enthused about this weekend and I wanted to encourage you with a few thoughts from my heart.

First is the ‘Prayer March 2020’ and the incredible opportunity to join hundreds of thousands of believers safely in these day to pray for America! What a moment it will be in time! If you are attending I will see you tomorrow, if not please pray and / or watch live stream from 12:00n to 2:00p. Thanks to Melissa Eyler for organizing!

Also, I am equally enthused about this Sunday at FC! As we are continuing to ‘Re-Assemble’, I am so thankful for what God is doing and as a beloved one expressed to me, “I will never take for granted the privilege of meeting together”, and neither will I! The Father is, thru Christ and by His Spirit, transforming us into the likeness of Christ in our study of ‘The Book of Ruth’. This proclamation from God’s revelation is ‘for such a time as this’! In that light, this week will be one filled with encouraging and challenging applications that you do not want to miss! I can see the sovereign and providential hand of God in the ‘glove’ of ‘His-story’! If you can join ‘US’ in person I will see you Sunday, if not, do not miss on Facebook Live or later on our YouTube channel!

Additionally, as I continue with the Elders to prepare and plan for the ‘NH Community Revival 2020: Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ’, it is amazing to see Him directing our steps as we plan our way. I am requesting your prayers and participation in this outreach event. God has ‘US’ @ the right place at the right time for the right reasons! Join Him and invite your loved ones to join you for this event (Sunday October 18 at 10:30a / 6:45p, and Monday and Tuesday October 19 and 20 @ 6:45p) More to come Sunday!

Finally, keep running the race enthusiastically with endurance, that God has placed before you, ‘looking unto Jesus’ and knowing if I can pray or serve you for His sake in any way during this season of time, please let me know!

“I love you guys because Jesus first and foremost loves ‘US’!

Pastor MLK


9/16/2020

“I press on”
Philippians 3:12c

What an incredible phrase from the Apostle Paul that in addition to increasingly knowing Jesus Christ he is ‘pressing on’ to increasingly manifest Him in living! In these unprecedented days, I thank God ‘we are pressing on’ together in maturity and ministry. I am so blessed to serve with you!

As we continue ‘pressing on’, a few notable:

Ministry Highlights

This Sunday we are taking 2 more steps in our ‘FC: Strong in the Lord’ Plan and Protocol for ‘Re-Assembling’. We will ‘gather’ for prayer @ 9:30a downstairs in the ‘Fireside Room’, and if needed in the ‘Kitchenette’, for starters! In these challenging days, spiritually, economically, socially, politically, I encourage you to plan to join together to simply pray! The book of Acts reveals when ordinary people pray God does extraordinary things in accord with His will! Will you pray with me?

I am excited to affirm our beginning ‘Scripture Adventure’ Sunday during ‘Family Worship’ for our young people who desire to participate.

As announced we are planning an outreach event for 10.18.20. It will be entitled ‘NH Community Revival: Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ’. The form this event will take will involve a tent on the Field of Faith and include music, testimonies, and proclamation centering on Jesus and the hope we have in Him in these days! Please ‘save the dates’, pray, and begin to plan on who you may invite to join you in hearing about ‘Jesus: our hope of glory!’ (More to come.)

Please see the attached updated ‘FC: Strong in the Lord’ Plan and Protocol for ‘Re-Assembling’.

Dearest family, I thank God for you and just want to encourage you in these amazing days to live with confidence, courage, and compassion, for Christ in our peace and our hope and He lives in us by His Spirit. We are so blessed exceedingly abundantly!

“Looking unto the lover of our souls, Jesus, with you as we
run the race with perseverance set before ‘US’!”

Lovingly in and thru Christ,
Pastor MLK


9/11/2020

“Remember to Remember”

On this special day of ‘Remembrance’, may we ‘Remember to Remember 9.11.2001, and pray for all the families directly affected and for America. Above all, may we ‘Remember to Remember’ to ‘Look unto Jesus’ as we run the race of faith with perseverance He has set before ‘US’!

As we continue to ‘gather’ in person and virtually I wanted to communicate a few items:

Ministry Highlights

We had an incredible ‘Kick-off’ of AWANA Wednesday! Thanks be to God!

We will continue our ‘Pastoral Explanation’ of ‘The Book of Ruth’ Sunday. Do not miss this powerful proclamation either in person or virtually!

As we met last night as Elders / Deacons, we planned an outreach event for 10.18.20. It will be entitled ‘NH Community Revival: Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ‘. The form this event will take will involve a tent on the Field of Faith and include music, testimonies, and proclamation centering on Jesus and the hope we have in Him in these days! Please ‘save the dates’, pray, and begin to plan on who you may invite to join you in hearing about ‘Jesus: our hope of glory! (More to come.)

Please contact Melissa Eyler or the FC Office if you desire to join ‘US’ on our bus trip to Washington, DC for the ‘Prayer March 2020‘ with Franklin Graham and his family as we pray for America at this critical time (socially, politically, spiritually, medically, etc.). We will depart 10 AM and return in the late afternoon!

Prayer Updates

Please continue to pray for Rachel and Rick Semon and family, John Schmidt (upcoming surgery), David and Amy Ice (health concerns), Rob and Aeron Smith (Audrina’s parents), President Trump, Congress, Governor Hogan, Barry Glassman, all civil authorities appointed by God to serve us in these days, our military and law enforcement personnel, and for spiritual renewal and revival in America!

Finally ‘be’ encouraged, hopeful, thankful and rejoicing, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Keep looking unto Jesus, running the race He has called you to, knowing Him and pressing on in becoming like Him ever increasingly!

Pastor MLK


9/4/2020

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine
and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Acts 2:42

How I thank God for you and being a part of a local church that continues steadfastly in the four biblical functions that began at the birth of the church on the ‘Day of Pentecost’ by the Holy Spirit! I am so blessed!

As the State of Maryland continues to progress in these historical days, moving as of today @ 5:00 p.m. to Stage 3 of the ‘Recovery Plan’, I wanted to encourage us as we continue ‘Re-Assembling’ @ FC:

As we continue to expand our ministries, I was so encouraged by the opening words Duane and Val Williams expressed to the AWANA leaders in their ‘AWANA ’20-’21: Operations Plan’. I wanted to share them with you:

It is important that Awana leaders focus on several principles that will prevent us from being distracted and discouraged during this current year.

God’s Sovereignty – God has not been surprised at all by this pandemic, nor will His will be thwarted by any obstacle that we might face this year. – Psalm 141:8

The Gospel of Christ – Keep the main thing the main thing!  Regardless of what is done in Awana club this year, Jesus and His Gospel must be the focus.  There has never been a more important time to share God’s plan for salvation.  – Mark 16:15, John 3:16, Rom. 13:12, 1 Cor. 15:3-4 No Normalcy – Anything that looks similar to normal on a Wednesday night will be a bonus.

Grace and Love – All the new challenges will require us all to show each other a little more grace and love this year.  – 2 Cor. 8:7, 1 Pet. 4:8-10

Flexibility – It is important that we all remain flexible and willing to adapt as conditions require.

Hope and Joy – Jesus has already won! Our hope is in Him and we must act like it.  We also need to remember that regardless of the challenges we will find great joy in serving Him if we stay focused on Him. – Isaiah 40:31

We can all apply these thoughts to our own daily living with our families, FC, community, nation, and world!

I am so enthused about ‘Fall 2020’ and the safe re-start of a growing number of ministries! Included in them is AWANA (9.9); Prayer Gathering (9.20); Scripture Adventure (9.20); and prayerfully we are considering some new and creative ones we will be announcing! Please give any insights / input/ideas to our Elders/Deacons as we continue to fulfill our calling of serving Jesus Christ and you for His sake!

I believe this is a critical time in our history as a nation! We are planning on participating with Franklin Graham and his family @ the “Prayer March 2020” on Saturday 26 September @ 12:00n. In our preparation, we have reserved a bus for ‘safe’ travel, but we need to know if you are interested in joining us so we can plan accordingly. (If we do not receive a large enough number we will need to cancel the bus, so please respond by Sunday 9.13.) You can respond to Melissa Eyler eylerm@hotmail.com, or FC 410.557.8859; chapel3821@msn.com). We know there are challenges to such an event, but if you are comfortable and are led, we believe it is a powerful and critical opportunity @ a ‘defining moment’ for America. (It will not include speaking or music, it is a ‘Prayer March’ from 12:00n to 2:00p.) I will speak to it Sunday!

Finally, please review the attached revised ‘FC: Strong in the Lord’ Plan and Protocol. It will be updated again as we approach September 20. I so appreciate your personal presence as you are comfortable and able as we ‘Re-Assemble’ responsibly and with an abundance of caution. If you are not yet able, please connect with ‘US’ on ‘Facebook Live’ or YouTube!

I believe these are providential days that God the Father has prepared, planned, and placed us in for us to point people to and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! As people begin functioning again in living, we encourage you to invite them to join ‘US’ @ FC either in person or virtually. We firmly believe Jesus is the answer to our challenges and pray that in this season many will believe in Him and become like Him!

Please be assured of our deep love for ‘one-another’ in and thru Christ by His Spirit and let’s be confident in Him who is able to do more that we think or imagine!

“But God . . .”

Lovingly in the Name of Jesus,
Pastor MLK


8/27/2020

‘I love Jesus’
Audrina Smith

Those simple words from the lips of a 5 year old child have been echoing in my ears!

Audrina went to be with the Jesus who loves her and who she loves on Monday 24 August! She is now absent from the body and present with Him forever! As her family and we grieve for a season the physical separation from her, we rejoice in knowing where she is and we as “new creations” in Christ will see her again!

I will be officiating the private ‘Memorial Celebration of Audrina’s Life’ on Friday, and so ask for your effectual and fervent prayers for the family and myself.

By way of communication, we are so thankful to you for your continued financial investment in the perfecting work of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior during this unprecedented time. You are such a loving and faithful family and I am so blessed to be a part of this church body!

As we have navigated these changing days, and even prior, we considered providing the option (as so many churches, missions, and ministries already do) for you and others who have been viewing our presentation virtually, to financially give in a simple, secure, and safe manner online. We have been researching this since the beginning of 2020 and I am pleased to announce that opportunity will now be available for those who choose, beginning this week!

It will be thru PayPal and you will be able to note where the donation goes (i.e. AWANA, etc.)! We are thankful for this form and most of all for you and the gracious sacrificial investment you make to enable this ministry that Jesus Christ is the main thing and preeminent in to faithfully and fruitfully continue!

Finally, I encourage us as we continue to run the race of 2020 together, lets run with perseverance and as always,

‘Looking unto Jesus, who loves US
and gave Himself for us!’

Lovingly in and thru Christ Jesus,
Pastor MLK


Pray that our Heavenly Father would ‘grant us (Fellowship Chapel) according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit in our inner man, that our love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment.’ (Ephesians 3:16; Philippians 1:9)

Pray that the Lord may ‘give to us (Fellowship Chapel) the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened.’ (Ephesians 1:18)

Pray that our Heavenly Father would ‘give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened.’ (Ephesians 1:17-18a)

Pray that our Heavenly Father would ‘give us (Fellowship Chapel) the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened.’ (Ephesians 1:17-18a

Pray that our Heavenly Father would ‘count us (Fellowship Chapel) worthy of His calling and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power!’ (II Thessalonians 1:11)

Pray that our Heavenly Father would ‘fill us (Fellowship Chapel) with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.’ (Colossians 1:9)