Christian Formation and Discipleship

 

 

C.F.D.

 

Christian Formation and Discipleship (CFD) is a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Everett. The purpose of CFD is to encourage and facilitate our congregation’s transformation into the image of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be liberated to testify in words and deeds to the Mission and Reign of God in the world. I am in agony until Christ is formed in you (Apostle Paul: Gal. 4:9)

 

We have developed three sets of strategic principles of Christian Formation through which we seek God’s power to establish, sustain, and renew our faithful identity as God’s people:

Evangelical Principles

CHURCH PRINCIPLE: We don’t go to church; we are the church!

 

MISSION PRINCIPLE: We don’t have a mission program; we are a people in mission! (i.e. We don’t exist for ourselves but for the world God loves!)

Embodiment Principles

STORY PRINCIPLE: We order our life together according to God’s Story (Church year and Lectionary)!

 

SPECIAL EVENTS PRINCIPLE: We celebrate our unique identity together in seven annual inter-generational events (Advent Event→Christmas, Ash Wednesday→Lent, Holy Week, Pentecost Event, Vacation Bible School, All Church Retreat, Mission-Tide Series)!

 

CORE PRACTICES PRINCIPLE: Congregational life consists of six interdependent core practices (worship, listening, learning, fellowship, service and advocacy) that together express our collective redeemed humanity!

 

Empowerment Principles

REFORMED PRINCIPLE: We are a work in progress (the church reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God), called to life-long repentance!

 

HOLY SPIRIT PRINCIPLE: We seek empowerment by the Holy Spirit, learning to trust the “logic of the Spirit” (affirmation, crucifixion, transformation) in all we think, feel, and do!

 

 

Fall Programs - 2019

 

 

Our wonderful church groups and committees and our pastor, have been hard at work this summer, planning some exciting learning, fellowship and fun opportunities for the fall.

 

Fall Kickoff Sunday will get our fall season here at FPCE officially underway. Fall Kickoff Sunday will be Sunday, September 15th, when the fall preaching series and the fall adult Sunday school series will begin. Plus, our youth will kick off the fall season with a, Back to School Ice Cream Sundae Party in the youth room after worship.

 

Before Fall Kickoff Sunday, be sure to join us for the return of Lunch with Alan. The lunch series begins on September 10th and runs through November 19th. This is an opportunity for members and friends to chat over lunch with Pastor Alan. Lunch with Alan meets from Noon to 1pm, on Tuesdays in Westminster Hall. Remember to bring a bag lunch.

 

The FPCE Race and Social Justice Book Group will begin meeting on Tuesday, October 22nd, at 7pm in Calvin Lounge. The group will begin the fall looking at scripture and setting a reading list. The suggested reading for the fall start is Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders by Chris Hoke or Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Both books can be purchased on Amazon and our library has copies.

 

 Mark your calendars now, for the 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off, happening on Sunday, November 17th during coffee hour. The chili cook off is always a fantastic opportunity to tantalize your taste buds and fellowship with fellow members and friends. Plus, if you enter your pot of chili in the cook off, you could take home the coveted championship trophy. This year's event will include a baked goods silent auction. Proceeds from the cookoff and silent auction will support youth activities sponsored by Christian Formation and Discipleship (CFD).

 

The youth ministry has no shortage of learning, fellowship and fun opportunities for children and their families. In addition to the Back to School Ice Cream Sundae Party, this amazing ministry will also be hosting a Trunk or Treat Harvest Party on Thursday, October 31st. This will be the first celebration of its kind here at FPCE. All are invited to participate in this fun and safe trunk or treat party. The youth ministry is collecting candy donations to help make this event a success. They will begin collecting candy donations from Sunday, August 19th all the way until Sunday, October 27th. We are also in need of volunteers to help with planning. If you are interested in being a part of the planning for this event, please see Erin Lorio. Complete details regarding the harvest fest will be available soon. The fall youth learning series will continue to build on this year's all church retreat focus, "The Fruit of The Spirit". This is a nine-week unit designed to help young children think about and practice the kinds of virtues that God wants to produce in their lives.

 

We hope you'll take advantage these amazing opportunities being offered at FPCE this fall. Your participation will be a blessing indeed.