Dr. Bill Stancil will be our 2014 Visiting Theologian, leading us into new insights about the Sermon on the Mount March 16, 23, 30 and April 6.
We will have three Soup and Meditation Services on the evenings of Friday, March 28, Friday, April 4, and Friday, April 11.
Those wanting a 2014 Pledge Card to participate in our Service of Commitment may print one from here, place it in the collection plate or mail it to the church (100 N. Pleasant St., Indep., MO, 64050).
Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. Sundays for worship!
Handbell and Chancel choirs add their “voices” to the worship service.
It’s not too late to complete the church Time & Talent Ministry Survey, available here for those who need a copy. Completed surveys may be sent to email@example.com or mailed to the church at 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence, MO, 64050. Consider joining us in dedicating ourselves to service and mutual support in Jesus Christ.
I’ve heard people say recently that we’ve discovered ourselves as a missions church. I kind of like that – thinking of ourselves as a community of faith from which people go forth to serve and to which people flock in order to experience the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. That’s a great place to be as a church. But we need to remember that not everyone can actively serve in missional ways, and that those who do, need to be empowered and sustained in their faith and their work.
Whether we see ourselves as someone sent into the world on behalf of Christ or as the one walking alongside and contributing in other ways (such as encouragement, prayer, and financial and material support), we all need to be fortified as followers of Christ. The good news about this is that being fortified as Jesus’ disciples brings many blessings – we receive the blessing of Christian nurture and care, a deeper understanding of ourselves as children of God, and a more loving community as a family of faith.
All of this – Christian nurture and care, deeper faith and knowledge of God, and a greater sense of connectedness – is needed by those who serve in the spirit of Jesus Christ and seek to grow in the faith. As we embrace our identity as a missional church, let us also tend to our own discipleship needs. Some of the ways we can do this are by participating in Sunday school, worship, fellowship events, Bible studies, PW Circles, and other small groups, as well as mentoring each other in the faith.
This is an opportunity to ask yourself what ministry programs you could be tapping into as an individual that would empower and fortify your service to Christ. Also, if there is something more we could be doing as a congregation to support you in your personal growth as a Christian and/or your ministry outreach, First Church wants to know about it. Feel free to contact me or any of our committee chairs. We’d be happy to hear from you and eager to help in your growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
In service to Christ,