This last Sunday in Worship, we were able to celebrate the great work done for and by First Congregational. There were three celebrations during Worship. We celebrated the baptism of Clara Cochran, reminding us of the commitments we make each time we celebrate a baptism. We commit to being a community of love and support surrounding the baptized individual and family, with no conditions attached. A celebration of ministry and community!
In September 2013, Inspired Heights began working on the exterior painting of the church. The project has now been completed. The work took much longer than expected, and presented some challenges along the say, but I think we can all agree the completed painting has been an incredible face-lift for the church.
This weekend will provide an opportunity for the congregation to meet and greet Rev. Ann Beaty. On Saturday afternoon a reception will be held from 1:00-3:00pm in the Dining Room, with refreshments provided by the Search Committee. At 2:00pm those in attendance will have a chance to ask Ann questions about her past ministry and what she imagines her ministry to look like in the future.
When I was ordained 10 years ago I never dreamed this Sunday would come. Ten years ago none of us had any idea what a prison ministry would actually look like. This Celtic Cross image was just basically drawn on a napkin. It was not a mission statement, or a business plan. At best it was a "might be nice" list. Basically, this church started the Prison Ministry Project with hope, prayer and the Gospel command that we should visit people in prison. It also started with your faith in me.