The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a quiet but determined group of ladies, some of whom have been getting together for over 10 years knitting and crocheting in order to bring prayers and a reminder of God’s love to those in need. Prayer shawls are given to folks who are grieving, healing, or are otherwise in need of comfort. They have also been given to Hospice, as well as to new mothers or people who have celebrated special occasions. In their time as a group, they have given away well over 500 shawls.
Each shawl is delivered with a card attached containing a prayer of Love, Hope and Peace: “As you place this shawl around your shoulders, may you feel the loving arms of God enfold you as he holds you in his care. May you find comfort, peace and healing from the prayers that have been offered for you by the knitter. From [knitter’s name] and your friends at First Church.” Many thank you notes have been received from people who feel God’s love and caring when wrapped in the shawl as well as many prayers given by the knitters.
It took about 6 million stitches to make the first 500 shawls, and the needles are still going!…
NEW Meeting Time: Sundays @ 6:00 PM (unless otherwise stated)
UPCOMING EVENTS (OCTOBER 2019)
October 20, 2019 (CROP WALK)
11:00 -12:00 noon. Youth will staff a table at Fellowship hour to sell pies and get last minute sponsors and donors for CROP Walk.
1:00-4:00 PM CROP WALK. We gather at FCC at 1:00 PM to carpool over to CROP Walk in Springfield, together with other youth and families of First Church. Please register NOW if you haven’t yet, to be part of the FCC Team and start fundraising!
**No evening meeting
October 27, 2019 @ 6:00-7:30 PM Halloween Party! Join us in your wackiest Halloween costume for trick or treats, music, games, and fun together!
Youth Group Mission Statement: Our goal is for all teens to feel welcome and able to explore their faith, and how it relates to the world around them, in a safe and open environment, while growing in community with each other, and reaching out to our church, community, nation, and world to be the hands and feet of Christ. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Youth Group for grades 8-12 is a fellowship programs designed to allow youth to experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in an open and welcoming Christian community.…
We hold a scholarship fund drive every year to help Haitian children be able to attend the CONASPEH school. There are no public schools in Haiti. Many Haitian families have to choose between feeding their family or sending their children to school. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.…
In partnership with the pastors, the Board of Deacons guides and directs the spiritual life and care of the congregation, i.e., worship, outreach, membership, and special events.
Greeting and Communion
The Deacons are responsible for greeting Sunday worshipers each week, as well as preparing the Communion table on the first Sunday of each month. They also help the pastors serve communion to the congregation.
The Deacons plan and implement the annual all-church picnic that is held at the beginning of the program year each fall.
The visitation sub group of the deacons works under the pastor in visiting some members who are homebound, ill, recovering, or grieving. If it becomes apparent that a member might need or benefit from a pastoral visit, the the pastor is notified.…