“You don’t have to join the church. But you are invited to. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are loved by God, redeemed by Christ, and showered with grace through the Holy Spirit.”
— Lance Marshall, Senior Associate Pastor, FUMCFW
I often think about the above quote from Rev. Lance Marshall because I truly believe regardless of where you’re coming from or what you’re looking for, there is a place for you to experience relevant worship and find authentic relationships at First Church. I also know that sometimes, it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out exactly how to do that. I get asked quite often, “I’ve been visiting, but I want to meet other people and find out how to get connected at FUMCFW — so now what?”
To answer that question, we have opportunities specifically designed to help you find out how to get connected with the people and opportunities that will make it easier to take the next steps in your journey of faith.
This Sunday, October 7, we will host our first ever 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 help you find your fit so you can easily connect with the congregational life of First Church.
Sunday, October 14, is our next Churchwide Join Day. What that means is that in each of the different worship services, (the 9:30 and 11:00 Traditional services in the Sanctuary, the 9:30 and 11:00 Gathering services in Wesley Hall, the eleven:eleven service at the Center for Transforming Lives, as well as the DiscipleChurch service in the Chapel) there will be a short ceremony at the end of the service and those joining will come forward to take their membership vows together. There will be a reception in Room 350 at 10:30 so that everyone who joins that day — regardless of the service they take their membership vows — will have an opportunity to meet one another, as well as a chance to visit with clergy, staff and other members. (The people who join at the 9:30 services will come to Room 350 AFTER they join in the service, and those who join at the 11:00 services will come to the reception BEFORE they join.) If you are interested in joining that day, or have questions about membership and would like to visit with someone, please email me at email@example.com.
On Sunday, October 21, from 9:30 – 10:30 am in Room 350 you are invited to learn how a commitment to six practices — worship, pray, learn, serve, give, and play — will change your life in powerful ways and put you on a path that will bring peace and joy. Healthy Plate Discipleship is FUMCFW’s framework comprised of these six things, and this class, taught by Lay Leaders Dave Alvarado and his wife, Allison, will show you how to use the Healthy Plate model to experience the means of grace and live your faith on a daily basis. This class is ideal for visitors, but also a great opportunity for anyone who would enjoy a refresher or a chance to ask those unanswered questions! Registration is required; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Whether you grew up in church or have never been to church, it is our hope you find FUMCFW a place to discover meaning and purpose in a life with Christ, as well as a great place to make personal connections and build relationships that will last a lifetime. I invite you to join at any or all of these opportunities and discover how to be more connected at FUMCFW.
See you Sunday!
Director of Welcoming Ministries