Leaping Forward

 
 

Now We Begin
 
There is great hope for the future of our church. I have had conversations with a wide variety of our members and friends through the ‘Meet & Greets’ and other gatherings. There is great hope with many great ideas and visions. As we move through our stewardship time, I want to share in greater detail what is behind our “Leaping Forward" appeal and the strategic vision and budget that will emerge as a result of our financial commitments. I hope you find these helpful and inspiring for our future ministry together. I will write three blogs per week through Commitment Sunday...and perhaps beyond.
- Mark
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Lead Pastor

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Leaping Forward With Our People | Thursday's Thoughts

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    For God, it seems, it is all about people. At least that is the focus of scripture.  At the core of every vision and proposal for our future together as a church is a fundamental commitment to the relationships we share with one another and our connections "in God." I am...

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Transparency | Wednesday's Wondering

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      This week marks the final "meet & greet" gathering of members and friends of the church. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hosts who opened their homes or welcomed small groups at the church. The...

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Leaping Forward with Youth, Young Adults & Young Families | Tuesday's Turn

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    On Sunday we welcomed our third group of new members into the congregation since the beginning of the fall! Many more newcomers have begun to make a home with us. The young adult brunches and Tuesday evening gathering have grown in the last several months. Our youth program...

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Leaping Forward by Growing Into Our Vision | Thursday's Thoughts

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    There are so many ways in which our church has turned our slogan into a guiding question, "How are We Good for Downtown?" The challenges and opportunities for ministry invite and inspire us to live out the commitments of our faith through the life and work of our church. My...

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Leaping Forward through Renewing our Building's Promise | Wednesday's Wondering

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    Church buildings tell a story and are a brick and mortar witness to hopes and visions for the future of a congregation. Clearly, our building tells you right up front that we are "downtown for good." This building was erected to make a contribution and serve in a variety...

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Leaping Forward in our Public Ministry | Tuesday's Turn

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    Being "Downtown for Good" is a blessing and a challenge. I wake up most days and wonder how we will be "good for downtown." One powerful and expanding program (thanks to Karen Andro, our Director of Outreach Ministries, and her volunteers) we offer in partnership with...

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Leaping Forward by Getting the Word Out | Thursday's Thoughts

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    Methods by which a church reaches its community and engages in ministry and mission have changed rapidly over the last decades. For two centuries in the United States there were interlocking motivators to bring folks into churches. Primary among them was an increasingly...

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Leaping Forward with Congregational Engagement | Wednesday's Wondering

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    The promise of our church is great! Newcomers note our warm hospitality in the manner of Jesus and the commitment to serve the community with a vision toward transformation. We also have a community of diverse backgrounds, expectations and spiritual journeys. This is enshrined...

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Leaping Forward in Education | Tuesday's Turn

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    Although the vast majority of folks find their way into the church through the worship services, they report Christian Education as essential to their reason for coming to First United Methodist Church. It is the core of the church’s capacity to “open the...

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Engaged and Connected | Thursday's Thoughts

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    I asked two questions at the 'Meet & Greets'. The first was "What brought you to First?" The second was "What is your hope for the future?" The answers to both seem to be matters of being vitally connected to the ministries and programs of the church. There is a strong...

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