2019 Annual Report
Released on January 31st, 2020
Letter from the Pastor
Our annual report helps us reflect on our successes and struggles of the past year, and consider where God might be leading us in the year to come.
2019 has been a time of great growth and change for FPCC. The PNC successfully completed its work, and I was delighted to begin serving as your pastor in September. We also have new faces in the nursery, in the front office, and joining us in worship each weekend. FPCC has seen 137 new first-time visitors this year, more than double from 2018. And with the beginning of our Saturday night service, The Gathering, we can expect that number to keep growing.
Our on-site Preschool, Beginnings and Beyond, welcomes 39 families to our campus each day under the skillful guidance of Director Robin Stearns. Last summer our 3-day children’s program, Camp Agape, introduced 17 children to loving friendships found in the Bible.
We also offered Alpha classes last summer in both English and Spanish, and our campus has played host to events sponsored by community partners such as the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy and the League of Women Voters.
Various adult education groups have explored books such as Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. Our Worship Director, Andrew Cardiasmenos, has brought us stellar Spring and Christmas concerts, in addition to excellent worship experiences each week. I could go on and on and on.
As we look forward to 2020, we seek new ways of living out our mission:
- To love God more fully through worship and deeper personal relationships with God.
- To love people more completely, meeting them where they are and inviting them into encounters with Christ.
- To serve more passionately with open and generous hearts and minds.
From the people who brew coffee and take out the trash to those who organize events and teach us and our children, may this report reflect our gratitude for all the hard work and amazing talent that each of you has lovingly given to FPCC in 2019. And may we join together in thanking God for hope and guidance going forward.
Rev. Dr. Johanna McCune Wagner