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

December 1, 2018 - News from the Pastor


Do you like faces?  Do you study them the way I sometimes do (if they do not notice or mind)?
Walt Whitman wrote,
"SAUNTERING the pavement, or riding the country by-road-lo! such faces!  Faces of friendship, precision, caution, suavity, ideality; The spiritual, prescient face-the always welcome, common, benevolent face..."
I  like old faces...on other people, not on me (ha!).   Really old faces  that reveal hints of humor and depths of experience and sparks of mad  genius are the best.   I like to be near those faces.
I  like faces that are new and intriguing. I wonder what those eyes and  expressions mean.   Those faces promise a whole new world if I'm willing  to watch and listen and learn.
Are  you drawn to the faces, familiar and new, that surround you in  church?   Do you hold them in your hearts' album?   Do you see them  while at prayer?
When you see an unknown face in church, do you feel a tug to go and make a connection, face to face?
When  Christmas brings you back to Bethlehem, ushers you into a quiet stable  and manger bed, do you see the face of a Child? Does that face tell you  something about God? About yourself?
          Joy, Pastor Steve


November 1st, 2018 - News From The Pastor

 Well,  it's been an interesting season of worship (and weddings and funerals  and dinners) in the Multi-Purpose room, and now we are putting the last  bits together in the Sanctuary so we can move back into it soon.  Hopefully, Sunday, November 18, will be our opening day

         I'll admit, the Multi-Purpose room has had certain advantages...a more  relaxed, more social, more interactive environment. Maybe we can carry  some of that spirit into the Sanctuary.

         Can you welcome and befriend people around you in the pews just as you  welcomed and visited with people around the tables in the M-P room?  (Answer is Yes!)

         We've had a great crew of people helping with "set up" before worship,  and "put away", following worship in the M-P room. Can you help with  tasks in the Sanctuary when needs arise? (Sure!)

         We've been a little innovative with worship in the M-P room, a song  here, a video there, interacting during the sermon a bit, serving each  other Communion. Can we be creative and try new things now and then in  the Sanctuary too? (Yes, we're with ya, Pastor!)

         In the M-P room a lot of you have been sticking around after  worship and visiting over refreshments and going to second hour classes.  Will you stick around after worshiping in the Sanctuary and go next  door for conversations and learning together? (Why even ask? Of course!)

        Well then, here we go...
Joy, Pastor Steve

Some prior notes ...

A  major remodeling project is underway for the sanctuary and an adjacent  classroom space.  Beginning Sunday, June 17th (Father's Day), and until  the project is complete, Morning Worship is being 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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