“We need worship for our spirit, fellowship for our soul and committed service for our body.” -Larry Norman
Here at First Congregational Church, we think of fellowship as a type of sacrament, as important to our vibrant, welcoming faith community as baptism and Holy Communion. For this reason, the Fellowship Ministry focus is our belief that caring for each other can be a very powerful way to help us not just endure but flourish. When we’re thinking about the welfare of others and working to make their lives safer, healthier, and more satisfying, our time and energy flow outward. Our lives have a purpose beyond survival; we are more likely to feel that we can make a difference, have control over our situation, and look forward to each new day.
In these days of physical distancing, some of the usual ways we interact for information and to strengthen our sense of community have not been available. Therefore, we’ve created some new ways to be together while we’re apart. All are welcome to join in, even if it’s just to say “Hello” in one Zoom room as they zip over to meet in another. For example, we meet for Afternoon Tea every Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 pm in the FCC Gathering Zoom room. The conversations are free-flowing, just as they would be if we were in Cary Mead Hall.
Although we’re beginning to cautiously plan for more events that include in-person participation, the Fellowship Ministry will continue creating and adapting events that achieve our mission but keep everyone’s health in mind. As the weather improves and more of us are fully vaccinated, watch for details of a summer program based on FCC’s evolving process of turning our grounds into an edible landscape.
Meanwhile, if you want to chat and let us know how you’re doing, or if you have a specific need/suggestion for how we can support you, please don’t hesitate to pick up your phone or send an email. If you don’t have a current Church Directory, you can email or phone the church office (OFFICE@fccak.org, 907-272-8363) and ask for contact information. Fellowship Ministry members are here to listen.