Hello FCC Friends!
Throughout our faith journey, we are extended several invitations. From the invitation to make our declaration of faith, to the invitation to care for a sick neighbor, to the invitation to bring food to the next church event, our life in a community of faith is full of invitations.
This month, our church community is going to be intentional about how we respond to the variety of invitations we receive and how those invitations spur us along in our faith development.
Jesus invites us bring all that we are and all that we have when we become a follower, a Disciple of Christ. The world is broken and hurting and we are called to be a movement for wholeness among its many fractured pieces. We can be agents of grace, if we are generous in our response to the invitations that are presented to us.
Our faithful financial stewardship is one way we are invited to respond to Christ’s invitation. When we make an intentional decision about what will we bring before God, we send hope, joy, and strength to the world – and deepen our connection to these gifts as well. On October 14 we will begin an intentional reflection on “What Shall We Bring” as a preparation for determining our investment in the ministry and mission of First Christian Church in the Heart of Eugene. The time of study and reflection will conclude on Commitment Sunday, as part of worship on October 28 at 10:30 am. I hope you will be intentional about responding to this important invitation to be us, not simply to offer your estimate of giving card, but join in the United Worship & Potluck Celebration at 12:00 pm.
God has done, and continues to do remarkable things through us and with us – things that matter in our community! Your prayers and your participation are keys to helping us advance further on the pathway of discipleship. We know that when the early church gathered, they did so with glad and generous hearts and that there was no need among them (Acts 2). We desire such a spirit of true community to be among us. I look forward to considering with you what it means for us to reflect on ”What Shall We Bring”, as we seek to be faithful Disciples in this place.
Thank you for walking alongside of me as a part of First Christian Church.
Rev. April Oristano