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New Members of
Alfred Street Baptist Church
Greetings in the name of our risen Savior and reigning Lord, Jesus our Christ. It is with the
greatest of joy and excitement that I join in with the Disciples of Christ here at the
Alfred Street Baptist Church in welcoming you to this branch of the body of Christ.
We are excited to welcome you because your joining is a move of God’s Holy Spirit
and we know that you have been called and gifted for such a time as this to join with
us in our mission to Build Disciples Who Win the World for Jesus Christ. It is my
prayer that today will be the beginning of a beautiful and rewarding journey into the
benefits of believing in Christ and belonging to His church. As part of that journey
we are asking that you fully commit yourself to your new member orientation as a
tool to expose you to who we are, what we believe, what we expect, and what you
will receive as a member of Alfred Street Baptist Church.
I am even more excited for those of you who may be confessing Jesus Christ into
your life as Lord and Savior for the very first time, or recommitting yourself to your
relationship with Him. It is our great joy and responsibility to share with you the road
to salvation and all that it means to say yes to Jesus in preparation for your baptism.
Soon you will receive the Right Hand of Fellowship formally welcoming you into
our church family as a member with all the rights and privileges afforded to all our
members. That is when the joyful journey and the prayerful struggle begins. It will
be my honor to serve as your pastor along with our deacons, and other ministry
leaders. We will do all that we can to care for you, to help nurture you, and stand
with you in your struggles and your celebrations. As a faithful steward, however, we
remind you that membership is a two way street—you will get out as much as you
put in. Please do more than just attend worship services because there are so many
more wonderful and beautiful benefits to church than what you get in the sanctuary
over the weekend. Become active in the discipleship group you will be assigned to,
commit to a Sunday School class, join us in one of our many Bible study experiences,
find a ministry that is relevant to you, and most importantly never hesitate to speak
to your deacon about any concerns or questions you may have. Our commitment is to
be as caring for you as you will allow us to be.
I look forward to God’s opportunity for us to get to know each other as more than
pastor and members, but as brothers and sisters in Christ. Until then, enjoy the
journey of discipleship and into membership. Again welcome.
Your Brother and His Servant,
Pastor Wesley

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