We are called to be a community of faith that supports
the growth and wholeness of
ALL people by
Welcoming, Affirming, Recognizing
the presence of God in everyone.
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Central to our faith is experiencing the presence of God through hearing scripture, proclaiming the Word, singing songs that center us in the reality of God and by sharing in the very presence of Christ at an open communion table. We worship weekly in an inter-generational setting, blending both contemporary and classic elements of worship together. From our worship experience we are sent out to follow our call to follow Christ in all aspects of our lives which are centered in prayer, study and service. We hope that you will join us as God leads us forward.
We believe that the gospel invites us to embody the teachings of Jesus in our words and actions.
Learning in community helps us to grow in our faith. We value diversity of thought, curiosity and asking questions. The goal for our study in community is growth and not uniformity of thought.
God has given us all that we have and actively invites us to be good and generous stewards of those gifts. We the spiritual practice of giving our financial resources and the sharing of our facility to meet physical and spiritual needs.
Prayer fosters our connection with God and helps us to remain grounded in faithful living.
Through weekly worship we gather in community to hear, proclaim and respond to God's word. The weekly practice helps us to connect with our community and offer encouragement to one another in our shared ministry throughout our city during the week.
We can easily get beat up in the world and so we strive to cultivate a community where love, grace and forgiveness flourish. We encourage open and honest communication tempered with a healthy respect for differing opinions.
We are Disciples of Christ,
a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world,
As part of the one body of Christ,
we welcome all to the Lord's Table
as God has welcomed us.
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April 8, 2021 Message from Rev. Dave McVey
Plans for Worship through April and into May!!!
We will be back online for worship throughout the remainder of April, targeting Sunday, May 2nd as when we will return to our building for in person worship. We were blessed with 2 wonderful in person services in our courtyard at 901 Arizona, celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter outdoors. Thank you to all who made these inspiring, encouraging events a reality!
However, going in, we knew logistical challenges and the increasing El Paso heat would prohibit us from continuing with meeting in the courtyard as an ongoing option. We felt it would be a safe and effective opportunity for beginning a return to in-person worship that would probably include some continuing intermittent virtual worship. With that said, I think we can look forward to courtyard events in the future.
Our church leadership's vision is that beginning on the 1st Sunday in May we will be ready to return to worshipping regularly inside the church building at 901 Arizona. We do have some things to research and prepare though to ensure we are gathering as safely and responsibly as possible. We believe the coming 3 weeks will provide the time we need to do that.
We are convinced that increasing vaccinations in our city along with the precautions we are researching and planning to implement will allow us to responsibly open the doors at 901 Arizona to our members and visitors again.
Please note, when we begin meeting inside again on May 2nd, we will continue to practice COVID-safe precautions, including masking, physical distancing, hand sanitizer, and protective Communion distribution. This is all about moving forward in a loving, respectful manner so that we are honoring Christ as we meet in His name. We plan to continue in faithfulness by facilitating our gathering in person as well as via live streaming our services, and we also plan to be faithful by keeping our guard up as we move out of these dark times together into brighter days.
Meanwhile, this Sunday, and throughout April, we will meet virtually via the link below. Our centering texts will be John 20:19-31 and Psalm 133. The theme for our time together will be "A Safe Place", and that is about much more than COVID-19! We will be exploring how the church is a place of safety where we find peace even in frightening times. I hope we will learn it is even a safe place to come with our doubts.
I invite you to read the passages and join us on line prepared to connect, grow, and begin showing more and more Christ's presence in and among us.
Join us at the link below at 10:30 a.m. MST this Sunday morning, April 11.
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May we Continue in faith with much love,
At FCC El Paso you will find a gathering of people passionate about serving God through study and mission. Come join us on Sunday and learn more about who we are.
Education Hour 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Worship is every Sunday at 10:40 a.m.
Come dressed as you feel comfortable. You will find people in jeans and others in suits. Sunday is a time to be with the entire family and so we welcome all ages in our worship service and in our education hour.
Throughout the course of this Fall, during the education hour, we will be holding Listening Sessions regarding the mission and vision of our congregation.
Our Theme for the year is RADICAL CHANGE: The Butterfly Emerges, so you may see lots of butterflies. Come and be part of the change.
We are located at 901 Arizona Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79902.
Parking is available on the lot behind the church on Nevada. Enter in through the blue double doors on St. Vrain street for worship and education and through the red double doors on Ange Street for our offices during office hours M-Th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Due to Covid-19 we will be meeting through GoToMeeting Conference services.
10:30 am - 11:30 am (Check in at 10:20 am)
Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
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This ministry team helps us to make meaningful connections to one another through service in our community. We are intentional about blurring the line between care specifically for those in our faith community and out in the neighborhood, knowing that Christ is everywhere.
Part of supportive Christian community is caring for one another. Our elders go on home bound and hospital visits to pray with and for those in our community who physically cannot be part of our worshiping community.
FCC extends a wide welcome to everyone! Hospitality is a big part of what we do on Sunday morning. Volunteers do a variety of tasks from welcoming worshipers, to handing out bulletins, to providing breakfast snacks, to making making coffee, to preparing communion, to aiding in worship in a variety of ways. We have sign up white boards outside the sanctuary for people to sign up where they feel gifted and called to serve.
Each week we seek to provide meaningful worship by seeking ways for the entire community to share their gifts and make an offering to God.
We gather as a whole congregation four times a year to ground ourselves in the liturgical year and ask how can we tell the life giving message of the gospel through our care of our resources, in our education, in our worship, and in the ways we connect with one another both inside our community and out in the wider community.
Scripture and community are central to our faith. We dedicate time each week to study the bible in community, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our conversations. Contact us to find our latest adult study being offered.
Currently during Education Hour (9:30 Sundays), we are holding Intergenerational Listening & Sharing Sessions regarding the mission and vision of our congregation moving into the future.
During previous school years, we have held Inter-generational education studies and/or separate classes for kids, youth, and adults.
Come join us!
We believe that good stewardship of our facility is part of our collective call at First Christian Church. We are happy to be able to share our facility with organizations in our community. We have a number of organizations that are housed within our building and we also offer our space for occasional use for events and meetings. We joyfully welcome the following organizations: Primera Iglesia Cristiana Hispana, Narcotics Anonymous, One Grub Community Cafe, El Jardin Birth and Family Resource Center, and The Quakers of El Paso.
We are actively seeking for organizations to partner with to meet the real needs of the Rio Grande Historic Neighborhood. If you are interested in office space or meeting space on a regular basis please contact Greg Hunt at email@example.com
If you are looking for short term use, please follow the process as outlined below.
If you would like to use a space in our facility here is what to expect with the process.
1.Download our building request form HERE, return it along with a brief explanation of what your organization does.
2.Submit your form and brief explanation by dropping it in the mail, by our office (Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3.You will receive confirmation that your form has been received.
4.If another organization has requested the space you desire and is waiting for approval we'll let you know.
5.Allow two (2) months for processing.
6.Once you are approved we will contact you by email.
7. At that point please send us payment and a copy of your organization's insurance policy.
8.Upon receipt of payment and insurance policy we will confirm your event and place it on the church calendar.
Please refrain from publicizing your event at our location until all steps have been completed. If you plan on advertising for your event, consider submitting your form in plenty of time .
FCC is a praying community. We know that when life gets turned up-side-down and we feel like the bottom has fallen out, we need to know that we are not alone. We believe that Christ is present in our suffering and we are called to be present with one another when we are suffering. One way we offer spiritual help when we are in need is by praying with and for one another. Once you submit your prayer request, it will go to the Elders in our congregation. Prayer requests can remain confidential or can be included in our weekly intercessory prayer card.
All physical and mental emergencies should be directed to 9-1-1.