Welcome One and All ...

 ... to the Family of Silverton First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)!

February 1, 2019 - News from the Pastor ...


Every week I look forward to hearing "Hi Pastor Steve!" from the voices of young children in our church.

I'm always interested in comments about the sermon as people pass through the door after worship.

It's a special joy to see someone back in church that I haven't seen in a while.  

And I look forward to the sharing in music...every voice and style and message is a gift to my soul.

I like listening to our Elders give thoughtful words to the experiences of Communion and giving and walking in faith.

 Every week I look forward to the unpredictably fresh insights that are  being shared in our discussions during Second Hour adult class. 

I look forward to these things, and much more, every Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you.

I look forward to seeing love happen, seeing you take brave new steps, seeing God at work.

Every week...I look forward.

Joy, Pastor Steve


Some prior notes ...

A  major remodeling project was recently completed on the sanctuary and an adjacent  classroom space.  Beginning Sunday, June 17th (Father's Day), and until  the project was complete, Morning Worship was held in the  multi-purpose room with the congregation sitting on chairs around the  large round tables instead of in pews.  It is an exciting time as "this  generation" of worshipers prepares the place of worship for the future.  

• a new and updated look to the sanctuary,  

• new carpeting,  

• a more welcoming entrance,  

• ADA access improvements,  

• new more convenient nursery and pre-school facilities,  

• additional and more convenient restrooms,  

• improved/updated sound and media equipment,   

and more!  

In  a recent discussion with a member of the community, a lady shared it  has been her experience we have a very relaxed and inclusive church.   Seems we are following our identity, "We are  Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.  As  part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as  God has welcomed us."  

(Another statement from our denomination's  website notes:  "We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord's Table.   All are welcome to the Lord's Table for the sake of mission and for the  sake of the world as the one family of God.  Most congregations do this  by celebrating communion every Sunday.")  

One  of the many ministries based out of FCC's congregation and facilities  has become very ecumenical with multiple churches and other groups and  organizations helping at every step.  Nearly 10 years since it was a  mere twinkle of a light in someone's soul, the Wednesday Community  Dinner is nearing 190,000 meals served.  

An amazing 'happening' takes  place beginning early in the morning as folks gather to begin  preparations for the doors opening at 5 p.m. and the long and continuing  line that will make its way until 7 p.m. - to be served and to dine and  fellowship.  

It has been mentioned that our Sunday morning service is a  "medium-sized congregation" celebrating Open Communion each week.  Come  Wednesday evening, the facility houses a near "mega-church" - and the  gathering becomes something nearing the epitome of Open Communion for  anywhere from 350-500+ souls ... for some, this is not only a meal  filling their tummy, but a time of social and spiritual filling though  there is no proselytizing.  For some, this 'is' their "going to church  event."  Every age is represented, many needs are met.  At any table you  may find a homeless teen sharing a meal and conversation with an  elderly individual, a group from the deaf community carrying on  beautiful conversation, a mix of nationalities or cultures, and any and  all spiritual (and non-spiritual) leanings from across the community.  https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/wednesday-night-dinner-lifts-community/  

It's  a beautiful thing when Spiritual Folk come together, listen and respond  to a call to minister.  Our "relaxed, inclusive" and beautiful church  family finds immense joy in being home to and a partner in multiple  ministries.  We welcome all to fellowship, learn, grow, and share with us in this journey ...   

Joy to you and Shalom.

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