One of the FUN aspects of my role as Director of Stewardship is getting to know our members.
I was recently visiting with an FUMCFW member by email and she explained how their family came to First Church. Not surprisingly, she first mentioned Dr. Lamar Smith reaching out to them almost immediately after their initial visit. “Dr. Lamar Smith sent us some funny notes in the mail and we decided this would be our church home.”
During those first years, they experienced joys and heartaches. It was during those times that their appreciation and love for Dr. Bruster happened. They were a growing family so one of their favorite memories like for many us was that of Dr. Bruster baptizing their first child. The young family eventually moved to a community further north and it only made sense that they find a new church home.
But it just wasn’t the same. They decided that the drive south on I-35 was worth it.
Soon after their second child was born, they returned to our First Church family and once again Dr. Bruster performed the baptism. They found themselves growing in their faith and in their discipleship with the help of Rev. Lance Marshall and Miss Paula.
So how many people does it take to a make new Disciple for Christ? Three of our pastors obviously, but along the way, this family has encountered others — teachers, greeters, custodians, and of course many of you. Sometimes it happened with a simple hello and a welcoming smile out in the garden. Sometimes it happened in the quietness of a caring prayer or out at Lyle Lodge during the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
This making of a Disciple is not a “one-man operation.” One of the wonderful transformations that happen when you become a follower of Christ, you also become a maker of disciples as well.
What a generous gift you give:
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge.”
— Colossians 2:2-3
To that, I say “job well done and keep it up!” Thank you for your unbounded generosity and for sharing your gifts of hospitality and compassion to all who enter our doors.
Director of Stewardship