Yesterday was a great embodiment of why our Christian education is called "GROW." Our 3rd and 4th graders graduated from their "Bridge to Worship" class, as they mature and are now ready to stay with us in worship and understand the service. And 6 members of our Pastors' Class went to visit Miss Diane who gave them a beautiful picture of what it means to have lifelong faith. She told them "Having a church family is just like having a real family." And right on cue, as we finished our visit with her, two other church members showed up at the door to give Diane a ride. Our young Disciples are growing and leading us into our new future! ... See MoreSee Less
We are so blessed at FCC to have such a wonderful Pastor that is leading our children to wonderful life full of Christian ❤️
Proud of these young people!
Form can also be found at fccilm.org/commupdate
Watching from Hickory. Beautiful song, Glenda!❤
Enjoying the service from Nashville.
Pastore's Ponderings by Student Minister Sandi Cassidy
Lois and I have the privilege of marking time in summer's now. Wilmington, North Carolina summers! One of the big reasons we moved here 4 summers ago, is because we love living near water. We don't care what kind of water - rivers, lakes, oceans, streams, creeks, or swimming pools. Since living oceanside wasn't an option, we decided to put a swimming pool in the backyard. Having owned a swimming pool before it seemed familiar and comforting. Sitting poolside on a warm summers morning, sipping our coffee and contemplating life, we stare into the crystal clear pool water. We study the ripples as the pump quietly and rhythmically surges water in and out of the pool. We often start counting our blessings one-by-one, confirming to one another how glad we are to be living here. This summer of 2022 represents our 5th summer in Wilmington. Now, as you might expect is the time for me to say the old cliché, "my, how time flies when you're having fun!" Right. BUT…we are having fun!
However, caring for the pool is an extra job, which creates extra chores that must daily be attended to. One of those jobs is to do a walk about the pools edge every morning in order to scout out frogs who have innocently jumped into the pool's water during the night; and who have not successfully found their way out. Given the number of times we rescue frogs from the pool I am convinced they simply find its waters too tempting to resist. There is something very rewarding and almost redemptive about rescuing one of God's innocent creatures. There is also a keen sense of responsibility to do this, because after all, we put this massive toxic watering hole in their froggy living space.
The simplicity of my frog story fuels my credulity there is a debate over climate control. I ask myself often how anyone could possibly question that we (humankind) are responsible for putting massive toxins into the earth's environment…humankind's living space. Eco-theologian and author Sally McFague writes, "the model of the world as God's body suggests a creation-oriented Christianity in contrast to the tradition's heavy emphasis on redemption. In the end, there are many similarities between the two perspectives for in each God is both creator and savior." She continues, "in this story we learn two things about who we are: we are in God, and we are called to live as disciples of Jesus. We live within God; hence, we can relax and enjoy, for we are at home and there is no other place we want to be. We live also and at the same time on the earth; hence, we can get busy caring for our garden home. Moreover, the story of Jesus provides us with a vision of how we should care for this home in the kingdom of God, the eucharist banquet, to which all are invited to share the feast. The story of ecological economics - - home economics for planet earth - - provides us with a way to work toward that vision: through sharing resources with all creatures so earth may prosper distributive justice for sustainability."
Lois and I consider our lives significantly enriched by living here and with all of you in this amazing community of Christ. I'm very proud to be your student minister because I get to brag about how well we, at First Christian Church Wilmington, do take care of our portion of God's body. As co-partners with God in creating a just and equitable planet, we are empowered to do justice fueled by God's justice. So, how might we go into this coming summer months when we are most keenly aware of the gift of God's body and commit to caring for her more fully?
Student Minister Sandi ... See MoreSee Less
We're making a new photo directory! We need your help in two ways:
1. Come this Sunday 5/15 and get your photo taken in the Fellowship Hall from 8:30am-12pm, or 5/22 from 8:30am-12:30pm. Photos are informal and being done in house, so no reservations required.
2. Fill out the Communication Update form. You can do it online here: fccilm.org/commupdate/ Forms will also be in the bulletins, in the Narthex, or you can call the office and our Office Admin will take your information over the phone.
Thanks everyone! Once we get your info we'll be able to have an online directory that constantly updates, and a more robust way to text/email/call you based on the info you choose to receive. ... See MoreSee Less