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The Miracle of May 7: Good News on FPC's Vote to Join the EPC.

Posted by Martin Lifer on

FPC members come together on our Momentous May 7 Morning to celebrate the FPC Women's Ministry "Sip & See" Fellowship Brunch, just prior to the Miracle of the May 7 Meeting, when congregation members voted unanimously to join the EPC.

God's Word commands us: "Make every effort to keep the Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." [Ephesians 4:3] In turn, a wise Reformed maxim that arose among Dutch Reformed Protestants during the latter 17th Century -- in response to years of religious conflicts and wars -- states: "In Essentials, Unity. In Non-Essentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity." This maxim is the preface to FPC's "Essentials of Our Faith" and is often included together with the "Essentials of Our Faith" Statement of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (the "EPC"). Furthermore, the EPC's motto, which actually sets the tone for EPC theology and EPC polity, is this maxim combined with the final phrase [drawn from Ephesians 4:15] "Truth in Love:"

"In Essentials, Unity. In Non-Essentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity; Truth in Love."

Give thanks to God for the Unity of the Spirit so manifestly at work yesterday in the Body of Christ at FPC. You came together as a congregation united in affirming FPC's call and future. Specifically, on the presenting matter before your Momentous May 7 Meeting, your vote was unanimous to join the EPC!

How far the Lord has brought FPC in healing and hope over the past few years! Yesterday, the Lord led FPC to what was not only a Momentous May 7 Meeting but also a Miraculous Movement of the Unifying Spirit. All members stood to vote as One in Christ.

Rejoice, and give all glory and thanks to God!

Your Pastor and friend in our One Lord,
Martin Lifer
Fourth Monday of Easter Season, May 18, 2017