We are in the grip of a significant moment in the life of FCUCC. Right now decisions are being framed and formed on the Reach & Renew funds, on the financial picture of the church, and on the church’s next Senior Minister. Each of these decisions has enormous consequence. To have all three before us at the same time is clearly momentous. But the most fascinating aspect of these decisions is that you are the one called to decide and you are the one who will be called to live out the decisions after they are made.
On January 20, the congregation will consider our recommendation that Rev. Eldonna Hazen be called as our next Senior Minister: Search Committee member Jessica Taft offers her personal thoughts on the committee's journey of discernment.
Christmas Pageants are a time honored tradition in the life of the Church. Legend holds that Saint Francis of Assisi first linked the nativity and theatre back in the 13th Century. Medieval thespians brought bible stories to life through mystery plays, and the tradition has carried through to today. All who were raised in the church probably have some pageant memory, good or bad, locked away in their memory.
Advent is our time to be open to change. In worship, we have intentionally made changes in the order, the format, the sound and the look of our Sunday services. We are trying to meld the freshness of Advent with a new theme each week on how fruitful congregations act and respond to the world around us. This week's theme is: Risk taking mission and service.