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Greetings from Building & Grounds
 
  
Welcome to the long-awaited beginning of Spring! We would like to remind all members and friends of Franklin of our Spring Clean-Up Day scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at 9:00 AM (rain date the following Saturday, March 21st, same time).  We encourage all who can, to participate.  It’s for a good cause and promises to involve lots of fun.

How is your New Year’s Resolution going?
A short time ago, a waitress asked me this question. You should have seen the shocked expression on her face when I told her I didn’t make any. Then began an extended discussion on the meaning of life stuff. She was worried that I was missing an opportunity to make improvements in my life. I assured her I knew I was far from perfect but to me, to pick a certain day, Jan.1, to begin a change for the better was commercial, not transformative. Many advertisers are hoping that we buy into the "New Year. New You" hype. I did resist the urge to buy that Peloton bike. I already had a place to hang my shirts.
I assured her I support her or anyone making New Year’s Resolutions and wished her success. We agreed change is important and commitment is essential. We all need to grow and adapt to the circumstances of life. Our daily decisions are driven strongly by the commitments we have made, both to ourselves and to others. But the reality is that few individuals have made immediate and significant life changes because of a dramatic New Year's resolution.
After someone has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, human transformation is more of a slow process. Changes typically takes place in ten thousand little moments, not one life-altering event. The little moments of life are profoundly important precisely because they are the little moments. We live most of our existence in these simple, everyday moments.
The beautiful thing about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that the Lord offers grace for each of these little moments. The Bible doesn't say, "His mercies are new once a year." No, "His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Jesus is named Emmanuel, not just because he came to earth once, but because he makes you the place where his Spirit dwells every day. This means he is present and active in all the simple moments of your daily life.
In these small moments, he is delivering every redemptive promise he has made to you. In these unremarkable moments, Jesus is working to rescue you from you and transform you into his likeness. During Lent, we need to slow down and recognize how God is working in and through us. By sovereign grace, your Lord will place you in ten thousand little moments that are designed to take you beyond your character, wisdom and grace so that you'll seek the help and hope that can only be found in him. In a lifelong process of change, he is undoing you and rebuilding you again - exactly what each one of us needs!
Yes, you and I need to be committed to change in 2020, but not in a way that hopes for a big event of transformation. Instead, find joy in, and be faithful to, a day-by-day and step-by-step process of insight, confession, repentance and faith. No, I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution this year. I make one every day.
May 2020 be your best year yet, by grace alone and in Christ alone!
  

    
   
 Heath Hager B&G
& Tony Hager Sr.