Positives

I must confess that in our current world context it is sometimes hard to think of positives.

So it was very nice recently to hear some good news from a person who has struggled for quite a while to find a job and has finally found one. This particular person reentered the job market after a lapse of 15 years. Why so long? Because he had been taking care of his ailing mother for those 15 years.

As he was talking with me about this he said, “I had to do everything for my mother. It was hard. Every day I had things I had to do for her to take care of her hygiene and other needs. I don’t regret a moment of it, because I think it was what God wanted me to do.”

Touched by what he told me, I simply added, “Well, it was a beautiful gift of love you gave to your mother! I am sure she deeply appreciated your love and care.”

He smiled.

Jesus once said, “Truly, I say to you, just as you did it to one of least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Affectionately,

Bob

Church School at FCC

    We are so excited about the start of Church School this fall at FCC! We have had so many excited, enthusiastic, eager children worshiping with us these past few weeks!

    I recently read that about 75% of Americans would consider themselves Christians.  Additionally, 80% of those people choose to follow Jesus before they even leave 6th grade! If I am doing the math correctly, that means that about 60 out of every 100 people decide to follow Christ before they even reach high school!

    Church School is so important in the lives of these kids. We want church school to be a place where kids feel loved and valued – where they experience the light of Christ each week. 

    Recently, our congregation filled out surveys about the strengths of our Church School program and any changes they would like to see. From these results, we’ve come up with a “Mission Statement” for our Church School program.

At FCC, we want our church school to be a place where:

-kids feel safe and loved

-families deepen their relationships with God and with one another

-kids experience the joy of Christ through fun, engaging lessons

-all people are given opportunities to worship God through music, serving others, and learning about         their identity as Christians.

    Through this mission statement, we hope to make decisions that will help our Children establish and develop a meaningful relationship with Christ.  Thank you all for being a part of this growth!

-Sarah Chaffee, Director of Christian Education

Before I die I want to…

The chalkboard walls loom high on state st, in front of our main entrance to our church. The walls demands our attention be averted from our daily grind of schedules and to-dos; of classes and work, exams and deadlines, children and budgets, and you wanted us to exercise when? In the midst of the rat race we are asked to consider what really matters. Life and death matters. In all the to-dos that crowd our lists, what is most important to do before we die? 

The answers on the boards are inspiring. I want to love my body. I want to tell my brother I’m sorry. I want to save a life. I want to be a mom. 

I try to remember what chapter of life I was in as an undergrad and what I might have written on the wall. Probably something like, I want to earn a PhD or I want to live in a big city. Neither happened. And yet my answers today would be completely different. The beauty of our location and the inter-generational nature of the church is that we share in all life chapters. We can glean the wisdom and dreams from this wall as we consider our own purposes and how we are living them out. 

If you haven’t yet walked in front of our church on state st. I urge you to do so. And as you walk, ask yourself, what is it i want to do before I die? We have been blessed with the gift of life and time, and that is not a blessing to be taken lightly. May you make the most of the life God has granted. Step off the treadmill just for 2 minutes and think bigger. I think you’ll be glad you did.  

Darcy Crain-Polly
Associate Minister, FCC

Kick-Off Sunday

I love the fall season! I love cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, and local farmer markets filled with fresh vegetables and fruits…And, of course, I love football! In particular, I love living near the Big House where I can hear the animated sounds of the marching band on football days and the roar of cheering fans as they nudge the Maize and Blue on to another victory. Go Blue!

I think this is why some years ago we decided to title the first Sunday after Labor Day weekend, “Kick-Off Sunday,” which this year falls on Sunday, September 11. On Kick-Off Sunday, we will be kicking off a brand new programming year (Please check out our website for more details: www.fccannarbor.org) and resuming our full Sunday worship schedule (9 a.m. Pilgrim Hall Service, 9:30 a.m. Douglas Chapel 15-Minute Communion Service, and 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service). On top of that, we will be kicking-off with a grand party following the 10 a.m. service, outside, on the Betsy Barbour dormitory side of the church…with sloppy joes and draft root beer, face-painting and a clown making balloon animals for kids, and a variety of ministry displays by our small groups, program committees, and boards.

It is going to be a very fun day at FCC this Sunday, so I hope you will come and join us, and be a part of the FCC team! Please remember: “Whatever Your Story, You Are Welcome Here!” We mean it.

Best….Bob Livingston