Dear friends,

Summer is here and with it comes that unmistakable feeling of freedom. For those in school (or those who teach school!) summer opens up the seemingly enormous possibilities of nearly three months of free time and space.

This year, Summer at First Christian means new possibilities as well. This month the board will work to set our budget for the next fiscal year and propose a new slate of Board officers to begin in July. Be sure to mark your calendars for the congregational meeting after church on June 25th, where we will be voting on those important decisions.

Through our May pledge drive, we were blessed to have some generous families approach us about providing funds to develop some exciting new things. These plans are still in the process of being solidified, but please be in prayer about new opportunities for our children and youth ministries and well as possible opportunities to renovate more of our facility so we can be as effective as possible in our mission. I’m hoping to have more news to share about that next month, so stay tuned.

And that brings us back to mission.

This month we will be returning to complete our “Rooted” teaching series, which we began in January. Before Lent, we used this series to explore what it means to be Rooted in our Faith and Rooted in Relationships. This month, we will continue to focus this series by exploring what it means to be Rooted in Mission by spending three weeks revisiting Jesus’ Great Commission:

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:18-20

I am a firm believer in the saying that “God’s church doesn’t have a mission, God’s mission has a church.” Which is to say, The Church is God’s mission for making things right in the world. This opens up enormous possibilities of freedom for local churches like ours to incarnate God’s mission in the neighborhood. Our church, in particular, is in a very good place to embrace those possibilities.

This continues something we started last year, when we began a process of identifying our values and dreams. But our church has grown since then! This summer, I hope to invite all of you, especially our newer families, to help us explore in more concrete detail what that might look like for our congregation here at the corner of Freeman and Topeka to live out God’s mission in this neighborhood in new and creative ways.

So stay tuned for that too!

Blessing to you,

Jason Coker, Pastor

PS: Don’t miss the chance to sign your kids up for summer camp in July! We have camp for all ages from pre-school through high school and scholarships available if you need help with registration.