Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor
Would you like to deepen your understanding of what God is up to in the world and what role He has for you? Would you like to learn how you are to live in this world you are in? Would you like to know what it really means to live as a disciple?
I want to make you aware of, and encourage you to go through, an amazing resource that can really help you grow in your understanding and maturity. And, it’s free! It’s called Coram Deo, which means “before the face of God.” The series is about living life in the presence, under the authority, and for the glory of God. It is a series of video lessons and readings that help you understand different worldviews, the ABC’s of culture, what the Kingdom of God really is, and much more. If you are ready to grow, to learn, to grow deeper, then this is a resource for you. I’m about half way through the course, I absolutely love it and am growing with each new lesson.
Check it out today and join me in living Coram Deo!
Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor
I recently returned from a visit to Washington, D.C. where I attended the International Justice Mission Global Prayer Gathering. Well, the GPG was actually in Maryland just south of D.C., but I got to spend a couple of days touring the District. I especially wanted to visit Ford’s Theater and the house across the street where Abraham Lincoln died, but the lines were too long each day. It seemed like it was Spring Break for the entire eastern part of the country and they were all in D.C.
I wanted to visit those sites because I just finished reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, a fascinating book about how President Lincoln staffed his cabinet with his political rivals. (more…)
Daphne Lubera – Connections Director
If you think you’re connected because you go to church every Sunday, I’d have to disagree. There are over 600 people on our campus on a typical Sunday morning. But how many could you reach out to when you have a need? Coming to church is the easy part. Who ya gonna call when trouble comes?
Mr. Rogers would open his show with this song every week on PBS. He had an opinion about how we should act as neighbors. It seemed if we were kind and inclusive, we’d fit the bill. At FCC recently, we’ve been talking about what makes a good neighbor and it’s made me wonder: Would people in my neighborhood say I am a good neighbor?
This past Saturday nearly 40 people got together and served an elderly community in a neighborhood clean up. FCC exists to connect people to God, grow together and serve our city. We want to be known not as a church with a famous building, but a community of people who follow Jesus. With the City Phoenix we are partnering to bring real life change to real people. Thank you to all who served. Stay connected to find about the next Neighborhood Serve opportunity.
A slideshow of the neighborhood group led projects on May 4, 2013.
Neighborhood Serve 5-4-13 from First Christian on Vimeo.
Karl Ingraham – Director of Creative Arts
The journey began with a prayer. Lord would you lead us to the city…if you don’t mind PHX to be specific. Here we are beginning month 4. Living in a new neighborhood #5 and working with the great people of FCC. My mind is in flight with inspiration to create something new and fresh from new experience. Everywhere I look, everyday. Through the glass of my second level office, in the famous design of Frank Lloyd Wright. With wind in my hair in the saddle of a bike. The sound of music in the local scene. Riding the train. Going green. Coffee of the finest roast. Real people, real lives and all of us and life colliding in the same space.
This is our city, it’s your city and if we’re not careful it will become a foreign land. If we invest heart and soul, it will flourish. If we open our eyes and offer our hands, it will prosper and God will be pleased to come to our cause.
As artists we need to look, touch, and smell the fragrance of Spring in bloom and create art that inspires and tells the story of who we are and where we live.
In the coming weeks and months I would love to meet those of you are inspired by the beauty and pain of PHX, to bring real, necessary art to our church and invite other artists to join us.
This Sunday night at 6:30 at FCC we are going to host a simple night of music, featuring one of your very own, Brandon Barlow and the Would Be Airman with my friends The SkyPilot. Come and out and support local and let’s talk more about the potential we have for local art here at FCC.
If you write, paint, draw, sculpt, or you perform, play or whatever and are interested in being an artist at FCC, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Facebook or Twitter