Elders Letter: April 2022

Dear Church Family,

This past Easter weekend, it was wonderful to gather and join our voices to sing God’s praises and contemplate the great sacrifice and resurrection of our Savior! We had 275 attend our Good Friday service at Chuckey-Doak High School and 700 attend both campuses on Sunday.

Many of you have already met Travis Chapman, our new Next Gen/Students Director who started with us in early April, his wife Rachael, and sons Lucas (13), David (12), and Shepherd (2). If you haven’t met them, look to welcome them at your first opportunity. We are excited to have them sharing in ministry with us.

On Sun, March 27, 140 people joined us for Multisite Vision Night (MVN). It was so encouraging to see the change in how FCCers are looking at the multisite model as a means of Helping Greene County Find and Follow Jesus. The questions were not oriented around whether or not this approach will be successful. Through your work and God’s blessing since Feb 2019, that has been established! Rather, questions were focused on the details of launching the new campus at South Greene. There was a recognition of what God is doing through FCC and an excitement to be a part of it. In fact, many who attended that night had only been associated with FCC since we had become a multisite church.

If you were unable to attend MVN, here are some ways that we would like you to be involved. First, since we are working towards launching the South Greene campus mid-October, we are asking everyone to commit to a campus. Our goal is to have at least 125 committed to each campus so we can begin filling service opportunities. You can do this on the Multisite Response Form on the FCC app (or the card available in The Hub.) Second, regardless of what campus you will be attending, please consider volunteering for outreach opportunities as we approach the launch, especially in the South Greene community. Bob Radank, the South Greene Campus Pastor, will be glad to plug you into those opportunities! Third, the cost estimate for the launch of the South Greene campus is $300K. We plan to commit $200K from available resources, but a small capital campaign is being launched to raise $100K to allow us to begin this ministry debt-free while maintaining financial stability and being prepared for what God has in store for us next! You can make your pledges on the Multisite Response Form on the FCC app. Also, campaign updates are found in Scott’s Thoughts on the app and at the end of every Sunday service. Finally, please be praying for this effort: pray for Greene County, the South Greene community, the growth of individual FCCers, and finally, prayerfully consider how you can be part of Helping People Find and Follow Jesus through your service at FCC!

Finally, we would like to close this letter by focusing on our 3rd Habit, Connect in a small group, which is a fundamental way ministry happens in our church. As FCC continues to grow, small groups are essential for connection, being shepherded well, and your own spiritual growth. We strongly encourage each of you to take your next step in getting connected to a small group by speaking with your campus Pastor.

Your friends and coworkers in ministry,

Chuck Bowlin, Carl DelSorbo, John Hamilton, Mark Liebert, and Scott Wakefield

The Elders of First Christian Church

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