From Pastor Charlie . . .

"To the church of God that is in Corinth . . .
grace to you and peace"
(1 Corinthians 1:2-3).

Christian faith expresses itself locally. Fellowships of believers are, for better or worse, situated in larger civic settings. Jesus himself established the center of his ministry at a house for his disciples in the town of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. The church has been rooted in communities ever since.

The Apostle Paul wrote about the life of faith and God's work in Christ not in abstract treatises but in letters to churches in the cities of the Mediterranean world. His epistles to the congregations at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, Thessaloniki, and the region of Galatia are a significant portion of the New Testament.

Here at FCC, we have invited government officials, local merchants, civic leaders, and everyone in town to our October 15 Grand Opening of our totally renovated Church House. Why is this important for us to do?

It's because the church has a role and a responsibility in the wider community. In addition to enabling us to minister more effectively in an up-to-date environment, our rebuilt facility enhances the architectural beauty of our end of Main Street. We've contributed to our town's aesthetic quality. In fact, we make a difference in town in more ways than one!

In this wonderful town, the church stands with our unique witness: Not just "grace and peace," but these and every blessing "from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 1:3). The church stands as a sign that God is in our midst.

Invite a friend or neighbor to come for worship and fellowship!

Charles Hambrick-Stowe