Our summer was full of mission and discipleship.
The 210 MC sent Heather Alexander and Alesandra Wehmeier to serve on mission at Rock Bridge Young Lives camp. Both MCs turned out to load busses and strap in child-safety seats for the Jacksonville Young Lives. The Fellowship of Believers conducted a prayer walk in South Ridge and enjoyed an evening with Maria Kuchta from Open Doors and is making plans for going out to Timberwood Trace apartments. Please pray that God would prosper our mission partners and our partnerships
And our discipleship ministry continues to be very exciting We added our third huddle, but more importantly, members of our huddles are beginning to put their skills with the discipling tools to work – touching lives beyond FCMC. There continues to be a growing interest in this part of our ministry outside our church.
We enjoyed our three Second Sunday Celebration worship services over the summer, two at the Wehmeier’s home and one at the Alexanders. We gathered to celebrate what God is doing in us, through us, and around us on the First Coast. We are trying to nail down a place to hold our services on a regular basis.
In July, Nicholl Bernath and Kent Wehmeier joined Jim Bay on our Board of Stewards as elders. We installed them at our August worship service.
Finally, in mid September, the IRS approved our Form 1023 application to be recognized by the government as a 501(c)(3) corporation organized for religious purposes: church. As a church, we’ve always been legally tax exempt – but a number of procedures and policies need to be in place before the IRS gives recognition. Having the 501(c)(3) recognition offers our supporters confidence about who we are and how we operate. We have and will continue to strive to be “above reproach” in all matters related to administration and finances.