Under Construction! and Rethink Church

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This week construction of the new stage for First United Methodist’s contemporary worship experience began in Scott Hall.  The new stage is the next step in better fitting our fellowship hall for Transformation Worship.  The stage will be larger than our current portable stage and will allow for long term placement of instruments and sound equipment.  For me it is symbolic of the commitment that First UMC has made to updating its facilities for the future.

Just this month we have begun our Open Our Doors Capital Campaign which will take us the rest of the way to raising funds for a renovated sanctuary, changes to Scott Hall, and a new entrance wing on the church.

What is exciting to me about the “Open Our Doors” campaign is that it gives us all opportunity to talk about the importance of being a welcoming church which welcomes everyone into our doors.  And it allows us to continue to grow as a congregation that goes out of its doors to be in the community.

Over the weekend I attended a one day workshop describing the new movement in the United Methodist Church called “Rethink Church.”  It is a movement which invites all of us to think of the church more as what we do in our community Monday through Saturday than what we do together on Sunday.

It is time for a movement like this in the church.  In a world that needs the presence of Christ more than ever it is time to Rethink what it means to be church in the world.  Check out rethinkchurch.org!