“The fellowship of the Holy Spirit . . . means participation — partaking with and subsequently sharing with others. This fellowship is not just for reaching individual believers, but that every individual who participates also shares with others. If the love of God and the grace of Christ, that believers receive, do not reach others, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is stifled . . . The fellowship of the Spirit is persistently seeking to expand, to include more partakers and dispensers of grace and love.”
I just love this quote because I truly believe the people who walk through our doors every week for the first time do so because they are looking for a place where they can experience the love and grace of God, and feel comfortable, welcomed, and accepted. In a nutshell, they want to worship and be part of a community of worshippers. But sometimes, it can be overwhelming to figure out the easiest way to make those connections, so I want to share some upcoming opportunities that give you tangible ways and places to do just that!
One of the best ways to learn more about FUMCFW is to attend our Healthy Plate Discipleship Class. Healthy Plate Discipleship is FUMCFW’s framework comprised of six practices: worship, pray, learn, serve, give, and play. On Sunday, October 21, from 9:30 – 10:30 am in Room 350 you are invited to learn how a commitment to these six things allows you to live your faith and experience the means of grace on a daily basis. It is the perfect opportunity for you to get more information about FUMCFW and answer the question, “I’ve been visiting, but I want to meet other people and find out how to get connected at First Church — so now what?” Registration is required; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Sunday, November 4, there is a Discover FUMCFW Visitor Coffee in Room 350 from 10:15 – 11:15 am. This new come-and-go event, held on the first Sunday of every month, gives you a snapshot of who we are and what we value at FUMCFW, as well as the chance to visit with clergy, staff and church members. Whether you are looking for care and support, a place to grow in your faith, a small group or Sunday School class, a chance to meet others in the church, or an opportunity to serve the community — or all of the above — there will be people there who can answer your questions and help you get connected with the people and opportunities that will make it easier to take the next steps in your journey of faith.
Please know on Sundays, if you have questions or would like to visit with someone, you can always stop by the Welcome Center before or after worship. We want to make it easy to make personal connections and find a sense of community at First Church so I want to invite you to come to any or all of these opportunities and discover how you can be more connected at FUMCFW!
See you Sunday!
Director of Welcoming Ministries