Jeanne Abernathy

The day I decided to visit FPCE, I showed up at the First Light service as it was ending. (There was a mistake on the website, long since corrected!) But two sweet members came straight up to me, and said “Don’t worry honey, there’s another service starting real soon over in Fellowship Hall!” Of course I headed over, and found just as much hospitality – and coffee! I am a former singer and praise band member, so I instantly connected with the Crossings music, which is a wonderful blend of hymns and praise music. I love the fact that the Crossings service is multi-generational, and there is something special about worshipping together as a huge family! I love the humorous videos played before the service starts – and I’ve shared them on my social media! We pray for one another each week, which is so important. While one of us may be celebrating, another may be hurting, another may be mourning, another may be stressed out, or another may be sick or weak. I have stuck around because I do feel the Holy Spirit among us. We will all have to be shepherds of the flock for a little while during this transition of pastors, learning more about each other and our gifts, caring for each other, and continuing to love each other. He wants us to build each other up in His image, and continue to grow in our faith. 

- January 2017

Shawnie Cheatham

I love First Church for two reasons, as a result of what I’ve seen in all of you. The first reason is, as you know I was recently hired as the Preschool Director and shortly after being hired I also took over as Director of Mom’s Morning Out. I have been welcomed with so much love and encouragement and I’ve been treated with so much respect and have had many of you seek me out asking what you can do to help me. I knew very early that God had a purpose in sending me here……to a church with so much love!

The second reason why I love First Church is that I’ve been in such awe over how all of you as a church have come together in love and have handled yourselves during a time that can be so devastating and damaging for a church. I spent 18 years in a church that went through 4 pastor’s, 1 interim pastor that was there on Sunday’s only, 1 devastating church spilt and one very long period without an interim pastor and it was tough to see, experience and to be an employee through….mostly because the lack of commitment and love for one another wasn’t there, instead of coming together, others worked against each other causing conflict and discord. 

Through the challenges that we are all facing here I’ve seen others take on more work duties, I’ve seen church members step in and take over programs or assist with programs and it’s all being done through the simple act of….LOVE! All of you LOVE this church and each other and you’re all working together and not against each other for the love of this church to succeed.                                    - February 2017