Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
... 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
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,
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.