Traditional and Progressive

You will find FCC’s services and sermons are traditional in style while progressive in theology. You won’t hear preaching that is harsh or judgmental, but you will be challenged, uplifted, and encouraged. Listen to the latest sermon or browse our archives.

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Summer Sermon Series

July 19: Romans 8:26-39 “The Power of Grace”

Christians sometimes think of the God of the Old Testament as a God of wrath, and the God of the New Testament as a God of mercy and grace. In fact, there is one God, whose unmerited grace runs through the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. We can see such grace in the gift of Creation, in the giving of the Law, in God’s patience with God’s wayward people, in the wisdom of the prophets, in Jesus Christ and in Christ’s Church on earth. Grace lies at the very heart – the eternal heart – of the Holy. Join us for worship online as we explore this theme during June and July, drawing upon both Old Testament and New Testament passages. You can find our worship service online on Sundays at 10:00 am by going to our website and scrolling to the video.

Summer Forum Series

The Church Gathered and Scattered: Claiming our Disciples Identity In This Day

Sundays at 11:00 am June 7 – August 19 via Zoom

What does it mean to be the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and “do” church when we all can’t gather in the same building? This will be the guiding question this summer as we reflect on the Disciples long held 2020 vision: “God is calling us to be ‘a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.’”

July 19

How Disciples Understand the Bible

Rev. Dr. Ronald Allen, ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is Professor of Preaching, and Gospels and Letters, Emeritus at Christian Theological Seminary, where he served from 1982 -2019. In retirement, he works with lectionary preaching groups, supports commissioned ministers, leads Bible studies, retreats, and other events in congregations, regions, and the general church. A prolific writer, Allen’s most recent publication is the fruit of 40 years of research and teaching: I Will Tell You the Mystery: A Commentary on Preaching from the Book of Revelation (Cascade, 2019). He recently helped edit Preaching Prophetic Care: Building Bridges to Justice (Pickwick, 2018), a reframing of the notion of “prophetic preaching” as an expression of “prophetic care.”

July 26

How Disciples Understand Liberty and Unity (and the Tension between Justice and Unity)

Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, one of the most prominent and influential ecumenical leaders and educators of our time, was the ninth General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Prior to his election in 2007, he was chair of the Council’s Justice and Advocacy Commission. He also served as General Secretary of the Consultation on Church Union (now Churches Uniting in Christ) and as an Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Dr. Kinnamon, now retired, was a seminary and university professor for 30 years, also serving as Dean of Lexington Theological Seminary from 1988-98. A highly published author and sought after preacher and speaker who has preached and lectured all over the world. Dr. Kinnamon will help us reflect on some of the themes he lifts up in his book Disciples: Who We Are and What Holds Us Together.

Later This Summer…

(August 19) Rev. Dr. Dick Hamm, former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)