From the Pastor
In 1960, Mrs. C. W. (Maud Trent) Holshouser wrote this:
“The history of a church, like any history, is the history of people—an unfolding pageant of life, with its joys and heartaches, work and play, sacrifice and service, worship and fellowship—a continuing drama played in a setting of hours spent at church and reaching out into homes, community and the world,—an endless chain linking closely the past, present, and future.”
Such was the introduction to Mrs. Holshouser’s delightfully written history of First Christian Church, which, in 1960, was a mere 47 years old. As we enter our 100th year this week, I’m struck by the truth of these words. For almost a full century now, the people of this congregation—first Elm Street Christian Church, then First Christian—have participated in this “unfolding pageant of life” in all the ways we are the church together.
In this season after Easter, our worship theme is “The Church Together,” and each week we’ll think about what that means. How does this group of people from all over the city, from all walks and stages of life, come together to be the church? Last week, Judith talked about being witnesses to the good news of Jesus. This Sunday, we kick off our anniversary celebration and give thanks for our 99 years of ministry. On April 17, Baylee Smith is preaching; Baylee is preparing for ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—that’s another way we are the church together: giving new leaders space and opportunity to grow. Our youth will lead worship on April 24, and I know they’ll talk about the ways the church has been important to them as they’ve grown up here. An unfolding pageant of life, indeed.
I’d love to know more about the apparently fabulous Mrs. C. W. (Maud Trent) Holshouser, church historian extraordinaire. If you knew her or know anything about her, let me know.
Finally, a couple of quick notes:
I’ll be traveling a couple times this month: first to attend the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, April 14-16, then to the Disciples Divinity House board meeting, April 22-23. I’m usually still reachable by cell phone and email if needed.
If you’re an active social media user, we could use your help. Make sure you “like” the First Christian Church Greensboro Facebook page, and share our posts often. Look for a “Share This” prompt in the bulletin each week. Share a quote from the sermon, or something you’re thinking about during worship. Use the hashtag #TheChurchTOGETHER and #loveFCC. Help us get the word out about how awesome our congregation is.
It is good to be the church together.