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Sharing Your Time & Talent!

It’s an exciting time of the year at FCC.  This weekend is not only graduation weekend, but also Youth Sunday. There has been so much planning, practicing and giving of time to make Youth Sunday a success.  Hats off to Miss Janel and the youth/music leaders for making it all “come together.” Weekly I spend Monday evening preparing the worship slides for 8:00 and 10:05…

The Last Word

There were a couple of things I heard a lot as a kid.  The first was, “If you keep that up, somebody’s going to get hurt.”  And the second was, “If you keep that up, you ARE going to get hurt… and I’m going to be the one who does it!”  Either way, I knew there were probably going to be consequences coming.…

Got Fruit?

A neat part of my job is organizing Youth Sunday, which will be May 3 at the 10:05 service this year. This special service gives the next generation of Christ followers the opportunity to serve and share their talents with the congregation.  Our youth have been learning the importance of producing spiritual fruit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,…

The Last Word

I was reading something the other day about “confirmation bias.”  Maybe you’ve heard of it.  Confirmation bias is a psychological phenomenon that explains why people tend to seek out information that confirms their existing opinions and overlook or ignore information that refutes their beliefs. Unfortunately, almost everyone does it.  For instance, we tend to “tune in” to news that confirms things we already believe…

Coming Back to Say Thanks!

I love the reminder in Jesus’ parable of the Ten Lepers that we should be grateful people.  So here’s my chance to come back and say thanks… *For supporting the Youth Mission Trip by attending their dinners and for encouraging the youth to serve. *For giving items to the Bless this Dress ministry…your generous hearts bless many in the Tri-State area through…

The Last Word

I heard a story about a young minister who was called upon to do his first funeral. He wasn’t sure what to say, so he decided to read the Gospels and see what Jesus said when he went to a funeral. He was amazed to discover that whenever Jesus attended a funeral it turned into a resurrection! (When I first heard that…

Behind the Scenes from the Staff

I’ve so enjoyed our time throughout this Lenten season being in our class of young adults during the process of discovering each of our SHAPE’s for ministry. Everyone is gifted uniquely by the Spirit, everyone has different passions, abilities, personalities and experiences. And it’s beautiful to see how God’s people may be used in different ways in our world, each according to…

The Last Word

Last fall, I attended a seminar on church leadership called “Momentum.” One of the speakers from the host church mentioned in passing that the Sunday when everybody “falls back” an hour for daylight savings time is one of their highest attendance Sundays of the year. As I thought about our own worship attendance, I realized the same was true for us. Well,…

The Amazing Easter Race

I am so excited for this upcoming Easter plan, the Amazing Easter Race, which the staff, elders and Outreach ministry group members have been plotting to create for the families in our church and community. Family teams of two people or more will face family-friendly challenges to earn clues for their next destination. I can’t wait to hear the laughter fill the…

The Last Word

When I preached at the community Lenten service this week, I shared a story about moving into our house in Keokuk. A couple of months after unpacking everything, we noticed a bad smell coming from somewhere in the kitchen. We looked, but couldn’t find anything. Finally, the smell got so bad we tore apart the kitchen inch by inch until we found…