God has been so good to First Christian Church! Not only has FCC been blessed to be able to serve the Oceanside community for 141 years, but over the past year-and-a-half we have seen new life and new growth in our congregation and ministries.
God has also recently blessed us with new financial resources. Because of generous donations, this month we will begin the search to bring on two new part-time ministry staffers to help us grow our children, youth, and young adult ministries. Pray for the leadership as we seek the right candidates to join our staff. I believe our community needs FCC’s distinctive emphasis on Jesus’ gospel of mercy and grace, and we want to bring that good news to local families, high schoolers, and college students alike.
These new developments are part of the journey our church has been on for the past year and a half. Like Abraham and Sarah’s trek in Genesis 12, ours is a journey of faith, driven by the belief that God is leading us to a new expression of mission in our community and a new season of life for our historic congregation.
As a part of this journey, last summer we assembled a Mission Team to explore creative expressions of ministry at other local churches, nonprofits, and businesses. We saw great examples of how others are working by the power of God’s spirit to grow fresh expressions of faith, rooted in neighborhoods all around San Diego County. By the end of last summer, as a result of several prayer gatherings, field trips, and feedback from the congregation, the Mission Team compiled a record of our church’s deepest values, hopes, and dreams for the future.
Last summer’s efforts were the first leg of our journey. This summer, you are invited to join us on the next leg.
On the evenings of July 30th and August 27th at 6 PM, we will gather at the church for a second-round of Mission Team meetings. We will build on last summer’s work and explore new concrete possibilities for the future of First Christian Church.
Please join us! This is your church and we need your ideas and input. If you are able to attend either of these Mission Team gatherings, please RSVP by signing up on the form below.
Jason Coker, Pastor
PS: There will be child-care available for those who need it, and lots of coffee to keep us sharp at the Mission Team meetings! I hope you can join us!