Blessings of FCC Greenville!

Tuesday
Jan102017

Courageous Conversations begins this Saturday, January 14

 

Courageous Conversations
 

We've all heard the story about the Catholic Priest, the Buddhist Monk, an Imam, a Unitarian Pastor, and a Baptist Preacher.

The Rabbi had just sat down in the boat after dropping the anchor and recalled that he was to prepare for a Bat Mizvah for twelve young girls.  He stepped out of the boat, started walking on the water and made it safely to the shore. 
 
 The Catholic Priest received a call on his cell phone from the church administrator he had forgotten he had scheduled a meeting with a major benefactor. He stepped out of the boat, started walking on the water and made it safely to the shore.
 
The Methodist Pastor received a text from her child's Day Care, requesting that she immediately come to the Day Care and pick up her child because the child was sick. She stepped out of the boat, started walking on the water and made it safely to the shore.
 
As things would have it two sparrows flew over and landed on the Buddhist Monk’s shoulder and began to converse with him.  After listening to the sparrows, he too would step out of the boat, started walking on the water and made it safely to the shore.
 
Just then, the Imam’s cell phone began to vibrate. He had a Goggle Message.  It was his wedding anniversary and he had to picked up the gift for his wife.  He stepped out of the boat, started walking on the water and made it safely to the shore.
 
The Unitarian Universalist Pastor and the Black Baptist Preacher, both men of commitment, strong faith, values and virtues, were now left alone, in the boat in the middle of the lake.
 
If you are intrigued by this story, you are invited to attend the next offering of Courageous Conversation on Bias, Race and Racism.  We have made a few minor adjustments from the first offering to:  The opening session is two hour in length, and the closing session is two hours.  All other session will be three hour in length.  
 
Saturday, January, 14th, 2017             Opening Session      Two Hours       9:00 am -11:00 am
Saturday, January, 21st 2017               Session I.                 Three Hours    9:00 am-12:00 pm
Saturday, January, 28th 2017               Session II.                Three Hours    9:00 am-12:00 pm
Saturday, February, 4th 2017               Session III.               Three Hours    9:00 am-12:00 pm
Saturday, February, 11th 2017             Session IV.              Three Hours    9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Saturday, February, 25th 2017             Closing Session       Two Hours      9:00 am – 11:00 am
 
If you are interested all that you need to do is show up on Saturday, January 14 at 9:00 a.m. and commit to being in conversation with others.  For additional information call Ronald A. Smith at 864-373-3864. or ralandus@aol.com

 

 

Saturday
Jan072017

Sunday School and Worship Service cancelled for January 8

Due to snowy weather, Sunday School and Worship Service has been cancelled for January 8.  Hope you all stay warm and safe.

Wednesday
Dec282016

The Beloved Community: A Night of Praise and Solidarity 704 Edwards Road, Greenville SC 29615

Sunday, January 8th, at 6:00 pm

 First Christian Church of Greenville

 is inviting all people who love the fellowship of the Creator and Created to join us at our community worship service. We will give thanks for the many individual and community blessings that were bestowed upon us in 2016, and usher in the spirit of praise and community solidarity for 2017.

 

We know that we are living in a time where the world, our country, our cities and towns are being pushed to the limits of human decency; our personal life is beseeched by conflict and distress; Depression and anxiety has become a way of life for so many of us; and we have become isolated from others. Our community has become so volatile and unstable that righteous indignation over the routine death of our youth (especially black youth) and law enforcement has all but vanished. Yet, even in these trying times our Creator calls for praise. In response, First Christian Church is here to offer this time of praise and worship that people (the poor, the wealthy, the homeless, black, and white, Hispanic, Christian, Jew, or Muslim) may come together in the spirit as one community in solidarity.

 

And if we are a community of solidarity, then there is solidarity in what we do in our quest for a better more righteous understanding way to communicate, in pursuit of justice to challenge and change unjust policies, in the protection of the least and the weakest of these, in the resetting of our moral compasses, in the spiritual understanding that all are created equal.

 

So we encourage all to attend to give praise to our Creator and become part of this community of solidarity.

Wednesday
Dec282016

New Year’s Day Worship Sunday, January 1, 2017 11:00 am.

This worship service will make a few simple adjustments; you are asked to reflect on what burdens you have carried through the past year, the blessings you have received,  the breakthroughs and blessings you are anticipating from the Lord in the New Year. With our communion table standing as a symbol of hope we will share our dreams for the new year as we share communion.

It might be helpful to jot some ideas, notes, thoughts down before Sunday morning January 1st 2017. This will be a time of rich sharing that has the potential to help our church grow even closer as we open ourselves up to God and one another. Please come with an open heart and an open mind.

Tuesday
Dec202016

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service on December 24 at 5:30

Everyone is invited to come hear the telling of the Christmas Story through Scripture and Hymns.

The celebration will conclude with a Communion Service that ends with the congregation singing

Silent Night by candlelight. You don’t want to miss one of the most  special services of the year.

 Christmas Day -Sunday, December 25  Worship will begin on Christmas Day at 10:00am

and there will be no Sunday School.  This is meant to be a very casual, family-oriented service.

Children are even invited to come in their pajamas if they like.  We’ll read some of our favorite

Christmas passages and sing familiar carols.  And we will, of course, share the Lord’s Supper.