July 18 - Thoughts from Sandy Baxter
Thoughts from Sandy Baxter ~
FCC has been there for me in so many ways and has strengthened my faith in our precious Lord. As a member of this congregation for 25+ years, this church has been my safe place and comfort as I have been through many ups and downs of life.
Throughout the many generous gifts given, the church has provided outreach programs that have made First Christian Church much more than a building with a steeple on top. From parking lot bingo during quarantine, to the Valentine’s Dinner to raise funds for the youth go on mission trip, to Vacation Bible School and all of the other programs in between, each and every dollar that goes into this church and it’s people impacts lives in our community and beyond.
For me personally, one of the greatest impacts this congregation has had on my life, is through the way it has shaped my three children into the young adults they have become today. Before writing this, I took the time to ask my kids about some of their favorite memories from church. All three mentioned their experience in youth group at church camp, mission trip and weekly Wednesday night youth group gatherings. Because of the people here in our congregation, my children were able to experience memories with friends that they met attending children’s worship in diapers and are now walking alongside them as they get married. Because of the fully paid church building, the ministers that have been employed throughout the years and the allocation set aside to ensure the youth in this church grow up with a strong foundation of Christ’s love, I have been able to watch my children grow into gospel sharing individuals that I am very proud of.
I have taken on the role of the Stewardship Chairmen because I want every parent or grandparent to have the opportunity to bring their children to FCC McKinney every chance they can, and know and trust that their child is digging deeper into the Word of God and learns that Church is not only a place to hear the “good news”, but it is a way of life. For those of you that do not have children, I am now an empty nester, and I am still able to find community without kids in this church. From the Women’s Bazaar, to the Men’s BBQ, and the other programs in between, the church always has opportunities for me to connect to those around me and glorify Him for all that he has given.
As I close, please take a minute and reflect what FCC does for you and appreciate the gifts you are able to give whether it is monetary, time and or talent.
Blessed are those who give in the name of the Lord,
Stewardship Committee Chair
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