Everyday Life @ FPC
Flight Crew update
Woody Allen once said, “Man plans and God laughs.”
Proverbs 19:21 offers a more hopeful take: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
The Flight Crew Task Force is nearing the discernment phase of our work, trying to align our plans with the Lord’s purpose.
The Session appointed the Flight Crew a year ago to look at First Presbyterian’s mission statement — “God’s Love Alive for Mission” — and define what “mission” means for us. What should our priorities be?
Fortunately, the Mission Study that we all participated in before calling our new pastors holds a wealth of information about the congregation’s concerns and hopes — both for our church and community. We have studied that report to get a full picture of First Presbyterian’s DNA and core values.
With the help of Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead,” we’ve talked about FPC’s values and identified times when we have exhibited them most clearly, such as our work with Rowan Helping Ministries, TWAM, the community block party, and other efforts.
The task force is getting close to identifying those top priorities going forward. We know that “God’s Love Alive for Mission” is rooted in Christ and stands tall like a mighty tree. We’re working on identifying the three or four main priorities that branch off from that tree, and naming the twigs, leaves, flowers, and fruits that could grow from there.
Words that frequently come up in our conversations include service, community, family, love, discipling, wisdom. Above all, we are people of faith — a vibrant, innovative congregation poised for the future.
In a few months, the Flight Crew will submit a report to the Session for approval and action. Our work is not about changing our church; lifestyle trends and the pandemic are already doing that. It’s about making sure we keep our focus on what is most important as First Presbyterian navigates the uncharted territory that lies ahead.
Paul wrote in Romans, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Please pray for the Flight Crew’s work as we discern the Lord’s purpose for our church in this rapidly changing environment and identify the constant beacons that will guide us.