Pastor’s Corner (03/21/19)
As a Mission Coworker with World Missions we had a mantra that really resonated for me; “We do mission in partnership.” This has really been a theme for me throughout my ministry. This sense of working in partnership is part of what attracted me to service here at FCC. This congregation nurtures and fosters ministry and mission in partnership. We do this locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. I feel blessed to be a part of a congregation that looks at ministry and mission in this way. Our Outreach Team has taken the lead in partnering with a number of mission-oriented organizations that serve people in our neighborhood and community.
We also have the opportunity to work in partnership with other DOC congregations here in Lincoln. Several of us joined worshippers at Bethany Christian Church on Ash Wednesday. At least 175 people gathered together to launch the Lenten season with worship and fellowship. FCC has the privilege of hosting Maundy Thursday worship on April 18th. I hope we have a good turnout for that special time of worship preceded by fellowship at our soup supper. We’ll also celebrate our partnerships in the entire denomination as we gather for the General Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa. The Assembly convenes on Saturday, July 20th and adjourns on Wednesday the 24th. The theme is “Abide in Me” (John 15:1-5). The Assembly provides ample opportunities to celebrate the partnerships on congregational, national and international levels. I have already registered to attend and we’ll have the opportunity to send additional lay delegates. It’s close to home and if finances are a concern we’ll help you find ways to make it happen. Feel free to talk with me if you like to explore attending all, or part, of the Assembly this July.
We’ll also have an opportunity to be in partnership with people of faith throughout the Lincoln community as we gather for the Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 12th. Once again, FCC is planning to sponsor a table of 10 so come join us as we hear about “The Journey to Forgiveness.” Call the church office if you would like to reserve a place.
I also have an opportunity to continue with the partnerships I developed while working in the Czech Republic. I’ll be attending a gathering entitled “Hoping Together: A Partnership conference of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren and the Presbyterian Church (USA).” Happily, this is not just a conference for US Presbyterians, it is open to all who want to strengthen the ministry and mission with the church in the Czech Republic. FCC supports Diakonie Connections as one of its international partnerships. As a board member I have the privilege of representing Diakonie Connections at the meeting. We’ll be meeting in the Atlanta, Georgia area for five days, April 1-5. Those representing congregational partnerships will stay on to visit with their US partners. I’m excited to be a part of this international partnership. I’m also looking forward to seeing and reconnecting with friends and colleagues from the US and overseas.
As we move through this Lenten season may we be strengthened and energized by the many partnerships that enrich and enhance our mission and ministry here at FCC.
In love and peace,