David's Final Sunday by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

It has been a blessing to serve you over the last couple of years. Thank you for all of your prayers and support as my family follows the Lord's leading to Grantham Church in Pennsylvania. 

This coming weekend will be my final Sunday with you. If you're in town, I hope you'll join us for worship. Here is a snapshot of the message, A Time For Everything.

The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote that there is a time for everything. Like the four seasons we observe in nature, we are aware of how life constantly changes---there are beginnings and there are endings. We know that this is the way life operates, but many of us struggle to accept and adjust to those changes, often missing out on how the Spirit is present and at work. Yet the Scriptures tell us that we have a God who remains the same despite our circumstances, and that we can trust he is always with us no matter what changes may come. In A Time For Everything, pastor David encourages us to recognize where we are as individuals and as a church. What time is it in your life? And how does God want to meet you in the changes to come?

See you at 10:30 AM for worship and communion in the sanctuary.

Blessings,

David Flowers

Obeying Jesus Series by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

I wanted to let you know about our new 7-week sermon series.

Obeying Jesus | 7 Commands for Every Disciple

In his last moments on earth with his core disciples, Jesus said, “Go and make disciples… teaching them to obey all that I have commanded.” So, what are these commands that sincere, authentic followers of Jesus should be obeying?

In our Obeying Jesus: 7 Commands for Every Disciple series, we will look closely at the teachings and practices that Jesus said are basic and foundational to faithfully following him.

Please join us for this journey through these seven commands of Christ.

Here is a snapshot of this Sunday's theme and message:

Sunday, April 10th 2016
Obeying Jesus: Repent & Believe

Sermon Title:  Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Scripture Reading:  Mark 1:15; Luke 5:31-32; 2 Corinthians 7:1-10
Jesus gave his would-be disciples the command to “repent and believe” the good news. What does Jesus mean in his call to repent? And what is the “good news” we are being told to believe? In Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (1 of 7), pastor David invites us to hear the challenge of Jesus to change our minds, to turn from our sin, and to accept that he is Lord—the Kingdom come in the flesh.

I hope you'll join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM for worship.

Blessings,

Pastor David

Pastor David's Letter by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

The following letter was given to the Administrative Council chair on March 21st and read to the congregation after the sermon, When God Speaks, on Sunday, April 3rd:

Last summer I was asked by an Anabaptist pastor friend of mine if I’d be interested in sending a resume to a sister BIC church in south central Pennsylvania. I had turned him down a month earlier regarding a new position at his own church, telling him that I was fully committed to my congregation, Christiansburg Mennonite Fellowship. 

At that point we had been here for a year and half. I told my friend that I came to CMF intent on staying a long time. So, once again, I said that I appreciate your interest and I’m honored that you would think of recommending me, but I don’t feel released from my current position. 

A few months later I was asked a second time if I’d be interested in sending my resume to this strategic BIC church next to Messiah College.

The interim pastor there was interested in presenting me as one of many capable candidates to the church board. My response was, “Have him listen to my sermons and check me out online, if he thinks I’m even a good fit, I’ll send my resume.” At this point, I felt in my spirit that I should at least be open to this possibility. So I was open, but I still carefully guarded my heart.

Soon after, with their continued interest, I sent my resume and a lengthy process of prayerful searching and discernment began.

As many of you probably remember, we were out of town the last weekend in February. We said that we went to visit some personal friends, and we did do that. But we also went because I was invited to visit the prospective church, not far from our friends. We met with church staff and board in the final stages of the search process. After visiting with the community there, we felt the Spirit at work as we opened ourselves up to his will. 

What began in November came to a close two weeks ago. I received the call to become the next senior pastor of Grantham Church in Mechanicsburg, PA.

After multiple confirmations that God has been speaking to us, Lanna and I feel strongly that this is what the Lord wants for our family and ministry. Therefore, in compliance with the covenant of understanding between myself and the Ad Council, with this letter, I’m giving a 3 month notice that June 26th will be my last day as pastor of CMF. 

Our time here with you has been edifying to us. We hope you feel the same and that you will share our longing to be disciples who faithfully follow wherever the Lord leads. 
It would mean a great deal to us to have your support.

It is my desire in the next three months to give you my best in preaching, and continue encouraging opportunities for discipleship, which I believe in time brings about healthy church growth. In the time we have left with you, I’m more than willing to work with our district minister James Åkerson and the PLT in helping the congregation transition and discover God’s will moving forward.

I have been praying fervently that we will all sense that the Spirit is at work in this. I hope that you will also intentionally pray, reflect, and seek the mind of Christ moving forward as a church family. Please know that I don’t just see this as an opportunity for us, but also for you as you prayerfully consider your next steps in the life of the congregation.

We love you and we pray that over the next three months we can share in that love together.
If I have learned anything in vocational ministry, it is this:  We are all impacted by God’s leading on a life. If he is moving in my life, I trust, and believe whole-heartedly, that he wants to move in yours, even through the changes to come with Christiansburg Mennonite.

Brothers and sisters, I would like to ask that you be awake to what he is speaking to your heart for the sake of the gospel, your discipleship, and the future of this church. Though my family will be moving on, I believe we were all brought together in order to edify one another. In time, I know the Spirit is able to reveal all of his good purposes to us, and I pray that he will.

Finally, this is my prayer for us:  “Lord, help us all to respond in faithful obedience to your leading. Please give us the faith, hope, and love that we need in this hour, which your Spirit alone can give. For it’s in your name that we pray…  Amen.”

Grace & Peace,

David D. Flowers
March 21, 2016

Living Ink Series by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

I'm excited to share with you that this coming Sunday we begin our Lent to Easter 2016 series.

Lent is a 40-day season when the church commemorates the time Jesus spent in solitude, in silence, and fasting in the wilderness. Jesus prepared himself in the wilderness for what the Father had for him in his life and ministry. In this season of wandering and preparation, we are invited to make room for God’s Spirit as we allow him to become the source of our strength and the Lord of our lives.

In our Living Ink worship series, we will discover through the Scriptures that God is the Author of a grand narrative—a tale that encompasses all our struggles, pain, joys, and victories. This Author calls us to co-authorship, using our very lives to continue the Kingdom mission and vision of Jesus in a world poised for resurrection.

Please join us for worship at 10:30 AM as we learn how to enter into God’s story and let the Spirit use us as “living ink” on the pages of human history.

See you on Sunday!

David

Cultures of Generosity by David Flowers

Hello CMF,

Teresa Boshart Yoder will be our guest speaker this Sunday, Jan 10th.

Teresa is the new Church Relations and Charitable Services Representative with Everence in Harrisonburg, VA.

She is tasked by Everence to work with individuals, organizations and congregations to plan for philanthropic goals that integrate their faith and values. In addition, she provides stewardship education resources, connections and support to area congregations. 

Teresa will be bringing a message entitled, Cultures of Generosity. She will be speaking to us about how our giving is related to our belief in the Gospel, and how we can create a culture of generosity within our church, which is set apart to be a local expression of Christ to our community.

Please join us for worship this Sunday morning at 10:30 AM.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David