This week’s eNewsletter Feature
was written by Rev. Dr. Tassie Green,
FPCE interim senior pastor.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This week in worship we’re taking a closer look at Moses. He’s one of my favorite Biblical leaders because Moses was a curious person… and because he did a good job leading a “stiff-necked people” (but more on that later). Moses must have been curious in order to notice a bush that was burning, but not being consumed. When was the last time you took time to let yourself walk around somewhere and just be curious? Have you tried it in your neighborhood? In your city?
On my first day at First Pres, I wandered north from the church building into Raymond Park. Not only was I taken in by the beauty, but I was amazed at the number of churches located within a few blocks. Is it eight? 10? Maybe even more? So then, with all those nearby churches, what is First Pres known for doing well? How do we differentiate ourselves from all the other nearby churches?
Continuing my walk, I headed into downtown Evanston. I wondered to myself how is First Pres a blessing and a helper in the community? What makes First Pres memorable to others? Who are we?
I have the incredible advantage of being an invited newcomer to this church and to Evanston. I see with a visitor’s eyes, trying to spot the new opportunities—with your help—by asking question after question. I look at what is hanging on the walls of FPCE as the “visible vocabulary” of the church. I listen to the words First Pres folks use when describing the ups and downs of living church life together here. What do we communicate each day about who we are? What do we value most? What about how we welcome people (or not)? What is the grand vision of this faith family? What kinds of discipleship adventures might visitors step into as they walk through our doorways? Is it exciting and clear what they are getting themselves into when they visit?
Since arriving, I have been entering the church system in an intentional way, trying to meet as many of you as soon as possible. As I do, I am listening intentionally for the church’s highlights as well as the “elephants in the room,” which will need to be addressed right away. Every church has them, so don’t be too concerned.
What do you think I should be noticing? I would like you to let me know! I have listening appointments open on my calendar to hear from you. Call Janice at the church 847-864-1472 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time for us to get together.
On the journey with you,