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This Sunday: Oct. 20, 2019

8:45 am Open Door Worship - Recreation Room
11:00 am Worship - Sanctuary

Unraveled by Uncertainty” - Amy Starr Redwine

Matthew 14:22-33

 

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Week of October 20, 2019

A Church for Every Generation

This week, your FPC pastors attended a half-day clergy convocation at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical urban retreat center in the city. The topic was Seeking Common Ground: A Multi-Generational Conversation on Faith. The keynote speaker and three panelists who responded to her address were all members of the Millennial Generation, those born between between 1981 and 2000. We were reminded that Millennials are the most diverse generation, are digital natives, hold the largest share of the current work force, are the most educated but the least compensated, and that they have the least affiliation with religious institutions of any adult generation in our country. The speakers reminded us that this does not mean Millennials aren’t interested in religion or spirituality, but that they have concerns about whether traditional institutions are the most effective places to express one’s faith.

It might be easy to jump to the conclusion that this is all bad news for the church, but Mary Kay, Janet, and I came away from the event feeling incredibly hopeful. Hearing the passion and hope from these Millennial church leaders reminded us that these young people challenge the church to do more than just proclaim the gospel, but to truly live the gospel in our actions as well as our words; to be people of compassion and inclusion and justice who have been called not only to take our seat at God’s table, but to make sure everyone else has a seat too — regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, politics, citizenship status, or any other identifying factor. This, of course, has been Jesus's command since the very beginning of his ministry: that we proclaim — in word and in deed — the good news that all people belong to God. This task is not now and has never been easy, but I trust that the God who calls us equips us for it and will transform us as we live out this calling together. With God’s help, FPC can continue to be a church that brings together, listens to, and honors the perspectives of every generation.

Thanks for listening,

 

Prayer List

Please keep in your prayers:

Those with special concerns:

  • Kathy Louthan

  • Liese Rohr

  • Andy Starr (brother of Amy Starr Redwine)

  • Liz Stephens

  • Barbara Westmoreland

Those grieving:

  • Carolyn Cockrell and family on the death of her father, Buck Steere, on Sunday, October 13

Members and family serving in the military:

  • Edward Allen

  • Jenny Sigel Burkett

  • Matthew Horton

  • Mason Louthan

  • Nathan Thomas Meade

  • Connor Partlow

  • Peyton Spivey

Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any church staff. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

Friday, Oct. 18
Georgiann Davis
Craig Sampson
Georgia Townsend
Lori Turochy
Ann Vaughters

Sat., Oct. 19
Bettsie Adamson
Bill Berkness
Cora Huitt

Sunday, Oct. 20
Dottie Galanti
Karla Matthews
Kim Shumadine

Monday, Oct. 21
Thomas Bland
Dorothy Clark
Hayley Mathews
Bob Mayfield
Susan Phillips

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Evelyn Bosworth
Mitchell Phillips

Wed., Oct. 23
Gus Mitchell
Buff Ramsey
John Woodfin

Thursday, Oct. 24
Andrew Beck
Walker Beck
Jason Burford
David Guise
Bill Neal
Duncan Owen
Andy Thomassson
Dick Upton

Friday, Oct. 25
John Boyd
Ned Bradshaw
Lee Brown
Eric Rohr

UPCOMING EVENTS • full calendar