A LETTER FROM PASTOR ROB
Dear Church Family and Friends,
It is with a faithful and humble heart that I share with you details about Centreville Presbyterian Church’s (CPC) “Fresh Start” campaign—a three-year fundraising effort to help finalize disaffiliation from the Presbyterian Church (USA) (PC(USA)) and enable us to make critical program, ministry, and building improvements.
I have served as organizing Pastor of CPC since 1989. I have seen God, in His sovereign power, move mountains for this church. And I have great faith that He will in this instance as well. However, as seen throughout the Bible, God rarely acts alone when He chooses to show great power. He often uses His people to help fulfill His divine purposes.
In Exodus 17:8-16, for example, Israel is on its desert journey to Sinai when the people get attacked by the Amalekites. Moses commands Joshua to choose some men to go fight them while he takes the staff of God and stands atop the Mountain of Horeb—arms raised high in prayer. As long as Moses’ arms remain raised, Joshua and his men experience victory. But whenever Moses grows weary and drops his arms, the Amalekites win. Aaron and Hur, who are with Moses, recognize the significance of his raised arms. They come alongside him and give him the strength to finish the fight. Though it is God who deserves the glory for enabling the Israelites to achieve final victory, it is the steadfast faith and obedience of Moses, Aaron, Hur, Joshua, and his fellow warriors that God uses to fulfill his divine purpose.
As a church, CPC has felt the call of the Lord to disaffiliate with the PC(USA). The process of disaffiliation has been a long and arduous journey, similar in ways to that experienced by the Israelites as they left Egypt. Many obstacles have surfaced along the way, including an $833,272 missional gift to be paid to the PC(USA) by the year’s end. To overcome a financial obstacle of this size, within such a condensed timeframe, is virtually impossible. This is where you, as members of God’s Church, become vital to the Fresh Start campaign.
It is with a humble heart that I ask you to come alongside CPC—much like Aaron and Hur did for Moses—and support your Church by making a financial commitment that will help us complete the disaffiliation process, and most importantly, continue God’s vision to remain ignited, active, and growing disciples of Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that God’s Spirit will stir your heart to support CPC as we follow the direction of God’s call into the future He has for us. I truly believe He is speaking to our church when he says, “For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for my people to go home…” (Isaiah 43:19; The Living Bible)
I invite you to read the remaining contents of this booklet for specific details regarding the Fresh Start campaign.
J. Robin Bromhead Senior Pastor
Centreville Presbyterian Church
Save the Date
Saturday April 28 Leadership Commitment Worship Service at 7:00pm
Sunday April 29 FRESH START Commitment Sunday at 10:00am
Sunday May 6 FRESH START Celebration Sunday at 10:00am