Each Church is Different


Each church is different. Each has its own personality formed over years. This is one reason first church impressions are so important. When someone walks into a church for the first time what is seen, heard, and felt make an enormous difference. Walking into First Congregational a few days ago I experienced warm words and smiles, friendly greetings, and an enthusiasm for being part of First Congregational. Behind the myriad programs and projects I encountered a group of loving, energetic and faithful people eager to be doing God's good work.  How nice it is to walk into First Congregational Church for the first time.

What am I going to be doing? That is a very good question. I am not here to redo the church or to try to change your beautiful personality. I have been asked to help with a few administrative projects that deal principally with your terrific church staff. But the real work, as far as I can determine, is to do what I can to support and maintain the momentum First Congregational Church has going right now. In other words, I am here not to rock the boat, but with you to row the boat as best I am able. 

The momentum coming out of the "Reach and Renew" effort is significant to say the least. The capital campaign results are astonishing. I am aware of the different committees established to consider how "Reach and Renew" might impact the church. From membership retention to pulpit removal/renewal the scope of your effort is broad and exciting. 

I would like to hear more and to hear it from you. Over the next few weeks we will have the opportunity to meet and talk in church and in small group meetings in various homes. These conversations are intended for us to get to know each other and to spend time talking about worship. As with all congregational churches, the most important meeting of the week is when the congregation gathers on Sunday morning. What happens then determines what will happen the rest of the days.

The interim time is a great time to experiment, to try new ideas and see how they might fit and foster life at First Congregational. You are a talented, diverse, creative and faithful congregation and you should expect your worship to be nothing less. Together we have the great joy of being responsible for worship. Let's talk, plan and create worship together. In the process, let's keep "Big Mo" moving.


~ Doug Moore


Posted on August 28, 2012 at 10:57 am in Featured Content.

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