Summer Worship Reflections – Part 1

Here’s What Folks Are Saying!

Summer worship has been a great source of fun and fellowship.  The feedback from those attending has been overwhelmingly positive.  I think part of what folks have enjoyed is the opportunity to talk together about the scripture and how it is speaking to FCC in this moment.

On July 3rd the scripture was Joshua 24:14-18.  The discussion questions were:

  1. What is God asking from Israel?
  2. How has God been active in the life of FCC through its history?
  3. What is one way you have experienced (or heard about) God’s saving hand in the life of this congregation?

After discussing the questions at their tables, one person was invited to write down the highlights of their conversation.  Here is what people are saying in general response to the scripture questions:

  • There have been times in our church when someone has been treated without care by another person and a member of our congregation surrounded the hurt/injured person and lifted them up.
  • Parish Nurse Blood drives, Visiting Friends
  • Fellowship after church worship
  • Outreach
    • NAMI walk
    • Gay Pride March – Our Church banner
    • Mobile Food Pantry
    • Vegetable Garden for OC immigrants through World Relief
  • FCC members ministering to it’s members
  • We have hope, confidence, super awesome friends, a super smart brain (and way more) because of God
  • We talked about what we (FCC) were made of:
    • The welcome that is extended to all
    • Mission trips – hearing more than expected by being with the people
    • Work but joy
    • God working to bind everyone together for the goal of the church, differences accepted more in the past
    • Local mission – food baskets, etc.

Specific answers to the questions

Question 1: What is God asking from Israel?

  • We are asked to make a decision
  • God asks for respect and loyalty

Question 2: How has God been active in the life of FCC through its history?

  • Mission work
    • Essential baskets
    • Giving tree
  • God has polished and perfected us for something wonderful

Question 3: What is one way you have experienced (or heard about) God’s saving hand in the life of this congregation?

  • Small groups build a sense of community
  • We have survived many challenges
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