We offer a searchable calendar so that you can see what happens through the week at our church. But we chose to leave regularly-occurring Sunday events off the calendar, and instead give them their own page. Here it is: (NOTE: Incidentally, in case you insist that we have one, the "dress code" for all of our Sunday morning activities - for basically every aspect of our ministry - is "Come as you are.")
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE 8-4-0 PRAYER GROUP IS NOT CURRENTLY MEETING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REPORTS HOW THE GROUP FUNCTIONED PRE-PANDEMIC, AND WILL AGAIN, ONCE PUBLIC HEALTH CONDITIONS PERMIT.
Each Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m. we gather in our Memorial Room (on the building's upper level) for ten minutes to pray for our church and ministries, for area churches and their ministries, for a church chosen at random from across the country, for our communities, states, nation, and world, for individuals in need, and for whatever else in on our hearts.
The 8-4-0 Prayer group is fast-paced and intentional outreach to God on behalf of the people and situations of our lives. You don't have to know how to pray; you just have to want to reach out to God. You don't have to say a word during one of the group's prayer meetings; you simply have to join your heart and spirit with ours as we cry out to God.
The group has not met since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but will resume its ministry when we resume in-person worship and other Sunday activities on July 12.
We invite you to join us around our prayer table, and to submit prayer requests to our 8-4-0 prayer group - anonymously or with your name attached - by clicking THIS LINK.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE SUSPENDED MONTHLY BREAKFAST POTLUCKS, AND ONLY ONE OF OUR TWO 9:00 A.M. SUNDAY GROUPS - THE ONE ADDRESSING THE QUESTION, "WAS JESUS GOD?" WHICH HAS MOVED UPSTAIRS TO THE MEMORIAL ROOM - IS MEETING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REPORTS THE OPERATIONS OF OUR SUNDAY GROUPS PRE-PANDEMIC, AND THE WAY WE EXPECT THEM TO FUNCTION ONCE PUBLIC HEALTH CONDITIONS PERMIT.
The first Sunday of the month begins with a potluck breakfast. On all other Sundays of the month, the day begins with an hour of conversation, connection, and study in our Sunday groups. At the moment, we offer two Sunday groups for adults and work toward the time when we'll be able to resume groups for kids and teens.
One of our adult groups - the one that pre-COVID met in the Memorial Room on our building's upper level - each Sunday examines a collection of Bible readings from both the Old and New Testaments, looking not only for the principal truths of each text, but also how each text adds to our understanding of all the texts, even though it may have been written decades, even centuries earlier or later.
Our other adult group is called "To the Pointe," a tribute to the small knoll on the east side of our church building which we have converted into a gathering area and call "The Pointe." Currently this group is pursuing a provocative and fascinating study based on the question "Was Jesus God?"
Our Sunday groups would love to welcome you for a visit.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, WE WILL NOT RESUME SERVICE OF REFRESHMENTS IN THE LOBBY BEFORE WORSHIP, AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING. THE CONVERSATION PART IS FREELY AVAILABLE EVERY SUNDAY, AS IS "LOBBY TIME," A PHONE-IN WAY TO STAY CONNECTED WITH OTHERS IN THE CHURCH.
When we finally are able to resume refreshments, it will again be true that after Sunday groups, but before worship begins, people will gather in our lobby to connect, to laugh, to eat some goodies, enjoy a cup of coffee, and, in short, to be the Body of Christ Jesus wants us to be.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE SUSPENDED THE WEEKLY PRAYER TIME DESCRIBED BELOW CALLED "TWO@10:25." ONCE PUBLIC HEALTH CONDITIONS PERMIT, WE WILL RESUME THIS IMPORTANT PRAYER MINISTRY THAT PREPARES OUR HEARTS FOR WORSHIP.
In the final moments before worship begins, those willing to do so will gather at the front of our worship center to pray for the worship that's about to begin, for the ministries and mission of FCCEM, and for Christians around the world who are expressing their praise to God through worship. The prayer time takes only a couple of minutes - hence the name - but they are as important as any minutes on our Sunday mornings.
Yes, COVID-19 has compelled us to make changes in our Sunday morning worship - CLICK HERE for more info - but it has not and will not change our basic approach and intentions.
We believe our worship is casual and friendly, but also intentional and passionate. It's user friendly in that we display song lyrics, worship videos and graphics, and announcement information on a screen. As worshipers, we're fragile, wounded people who need grace, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness as much as anyone, and who come together in search and in praise of the God we know provides them all.
- You don't have to know what you believe in order to benefit from our worship
- You don't have to be a Bible scholar to connect to and learn from Bill Coley's sermons
- You don't have to be a model citizen to fit in with the people of our church
- You only have to be yourself - the imperfect, much-loved person God made you to be. If you're willing to be yourself, we think you'll feel welcome and included at FCCEM. We hope you'll join us for Sunday morning.