My sister sent me this picture of a person from a church in her town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee expressing her loving faith on the boards over shop windows in preparation for a White Supremacist Rally: Love!
In Alpha we are exploring some of the evidence for believing in Christianity. People are invited to come to Alpha with any questions. We encourage people to consider whatever keeps them from having faith.
Our church is seeking to be a place where Christ’s love meets your life. To do this it takes a spirit that enthusiastically seeks to love everyone always as Christ teaches. One way we stay true to this vision is to constantly ask ourselves if we are connecting people toChrist, Community and Cause. Are we seeking to follow Jesus as revealed in the Bible? Do we promote caring and compassionate relationships? Are we inspiring the passion and talents of people to positively impact this world? We need to say YES, YES, YES!!!
We are presently working on several key Causes to advance the love of Christ in our community as good stewards of the resources God has given us:
We are advancingmusical expressions that help enhance our celebration of God.
We are promoting education that develops faithful followers of Jesus.
We are reaching out to the homebound with compassionate care.
We are developing a facility master plan to guide our stewardship and maintenance of facilities.
There are many ways we are advancing the cause for Christ in our community. Let me give you one example. Debbie Prutsman, one of our musicians, a new church member and an experienced teacher in our community, has launched a wonderful event I call Pumpkins & Pipes. “Instead of having a dark church on October 31st while hundreds of kids pass by,” Debbie says, “why not have the sanctuary doors open and hand out candy.” Dr. Ed Yarnelle, then volunteered to play music on the great organ on that night. In addition, he is offering this evening as another opportunity for some children to plan a piece to play, as a part of our ongoing “Bench” program. As we’ve done in the past, children between the age of 5 and 18 will have an opportunity to submit a piece of music and sign up to play at a certain time, under the supervision Dr. Yarnelle.
I got a letter from someone who wrote about Pumpkins & Pipes saying: ‘Wouldn't it be great if some Sunday morning in the future, parents said to you, we're here because of the "open door" experience at FCC when we came by to trick-or-treat in 2017!”
I enjoy exploring the faith with Seekers and joiners to our church. Here are some of the topics we explore:
What does it mean to be a Christian?
How can I grow as a Christian?
What ways can First Congregational Church serve my family and me?
How can I serve God through the church ministry?
What is a Congregationalist?
What does it mean to be baptized?
The Next Seekers and Joiners will be in the church Lounge from 11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. on October 29th. This is for anyone interested in exploring the possibility of membership, or for those just wanting to ask questions of me, learn about Christianity, explore the qualities of Congregational Christianity, or get to know our church. If you are a longtime member, you are invited to join us and bring a friend who is not yet a member.