Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
... to the Family of Silverton First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)!
April 1, 2019 - News from the Pastor ...
A few not quite random thoughts about the cross...
"This is our God. Not a distant judge nor a sadist, But a God who weeps. A God who suffers, not only for us, but with us. Nowhere is the presence of God amidst suffering more salient than on the cross. Therefore what can I do but confess that this is not a God who causes suffering. This is a God who bears suffering".
-Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix
"A sculptor fashioned in clay the perfect statue, then became afraid that the night frost might freeze the clay and shatter the statue. So, he arose in the night and put his bed clothes around the statue, and in the morning was himself found dead from the cold. The good Lord Christ has wrapped his life round our life, which (God knows) is no perfect statue..."
-George Buttrick, "The Death of Christ"
lecture at Union Seminary
"This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us."
I John 3:16, The Message
~ Pastor Steve
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,
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.