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July 22, 2021
Dear Church Family,
It is a bittersweet weekend as we bid farewell to Matt Hall, our Minister to Youth and Families. Matt has been a part of our church since he was a child, and has served on staff and led our High School ministry since 2015. He has blessed our church family richly with his gifts, and we will miss him. We will recognize Matt in both services on Sunday morning, and will host a reception for him and his family after the 11:00 service. We hope you will join us.
Transitions can be hard, but they also can be exciting opportunities for growth and renewal. Lately I’ve been talking a lot with young families about how Saratoga Federated can engage them, serve them well, and attract more people like them to our faith community. In the near term, I will be leading our High School and Middle School ministries with a lot of help from a great group of adult volunteers. We’ll be kicking off the new format on Sunday night, August 1. Thank you for your support, and please pray with me that God will guide us faithfully through this season of transition in our youth ministry.
This weekend we’ll continue our series Flipped: The Upside Down, Counter-Intuitive, Antithetical way of Jesus. Sunday’s message is "Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness." By “righteousness,” Jesus isn’t talking about rule-keeping. He’s talking about living in right relationship with God, others, creation, and ourselves. That’s the righteousness we need to hunger for: the righteousness that comes from God. I look forward to teaching and learning more with you.
P.S. On August 1 and 8, we’ll welcome back an old friend to lead our traditional worship. Many of you remember Kevin Friesen who was SFC’s worship pastor in the early 2000s. He’s looking forward to reconnecting with our community, so we hope you’ll plan to join us those weeks.
We are launching a new format for the Weekend Update email and the Community Highlights. Please click on the link below to see what’s coming up at SFC.