Written by Vivian Mogensen
Have you been holding your breath and wondering if the Mission Discernment Task group was ever going to have something to present to the congregation about the work they have been doing? If so, you can breathe again, because the Mission Discernment group is ready to share what they have gleaned! On Pentecost Sunday, May 15, the Mission group would like to invite you to a catered lunch after worship to do just that – share.
The Mission Discernment group has been meeting for the past 1 year, reviewing the history of mission at First Christian Church, examining how we have done our mission outreach and reviewing some ways to reach out to our neighbors. We have been looking for ways that will foster independence and preserve and enhance the dignity of individuals and families.
In this process, we have talked with leaders and organizations from the neighborhood as well as members of our own congregation.
We are excited to have information to share with you now.
We want to stress that this is NOT a grand finale, with specific ideas and plans that we present to you. It IS a time of sharing what we have heard, and a time to invite your thoughts and, hopefully, spark your passions about possible ways to address challenges identified or partnerships that could lead to more effective caring in our community. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share in dialogue with fellow FCC members and friends. We envision this time together as a journey toward building congregational consensus related to identifying a unified mission for First Christian Church Des Moines.
Please note also, we will plan to have some follow up discussions in the weeks following May 15 to further the conversation and to include any who cannot attend on May 15.
Thank you to everyone who has kept the work of this group in your prayers. Please continue to do so as we as a congregation begin exploring options and ideas and as we work toward consensus.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars, and plan to attend on May 15, following worship. You won’t need to bring any food items, as the event is being catered and hosted by our fabulous FCC Celebrations ministry. We know that your presence will contribute to the energy and diversity of ideas as we begin this important dialogue as a congregation.