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 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 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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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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