Lifecycle of Discipleship
FUPCDC – A Prophetic Voice in the World through a Lifecycle of Discipleship
Our Mission is Missions – Local, National and International. In order for us to prepare our members and friends for this vital work for the Lord, we must transform ourselves from comfortable suburban worshipers to Disciples of the Word through deeds and evangelism. We have an active outreach program conducted through the use of modern media and advertising techniques. We have the support of the two largest local newspapers who have published announcements of our many community outreach activities. The Potomac News and Messenger produced two major articles on our Relay for Life Boards for Brian event and on the numerous missions and programs of the church. We have generated new interest in our church via these methods and have greeted new visitors with a renewed spirit to join us in ministry. Our youth have taken on an increased responsibility to drive the planning and execution of events that appeal to their generation by conducting a Battle of the Bands event featuring four local rock bands for over a hundred of their fellow high school peers as well as many parents of these students. The proceeds from this event were returned to the Make a Wish foundation as a way to return the blessings from this organization to one of our youth members. As a direct result of our outreach, we are about to join eighteen new members to our congregation which is the largest class we have had in many years. These people are adding their time, talent and treasure to our disciple workforce.
Joining the church is just the first step in becoming a disciple. The cornerstone in equipping the disciples is our worship services. On Sundays, we offer a traditional service at 9:00 am and a contemporary service at 10:30 am. Our Pastor, Dr. Robert (Bob) Edmunds, is supported by a professional staff that includes an organist, a Music Director, a Contemporary Worship Leader who leads the “Notes of Salvation” praise band, full-time Office Manger, and a Sexton. We also have a part time Parish Assistant to support all pastoral services in the absence of Pastor Edmunds. Our youth ministry programs are supported by Mr. Lance Overstreet, Director of Student Ministries. We have a very active Christian Education program that equips our membership for support to the missions. Our confirmation class was entirely managed and taught by an Elder and a Deacon with some oversight from Pastor. We have seven teenage boys ready for mission support. Our Adult Christian education programs have conducted the famous Alpha Course as well as Contagious Christian courses along with a host of Bible studies and historiography based seminars. Our youth programs span Middle School through High School on Sunday nights which includes combined fellowship during a dinner meal. Our children are trained through a CROSS Training program completely run by volunteer instructors and staff. Our Little Hands Preschool is at capacity with 102 children and many of the parents participate in activities sponsored by the church. To support our Living Waters Mission to the Yucatan, our mission team spends a year learning Spanish, clean water habits to instruct the villagers, the construction of the water purification systems and Bible School curriculum for delivery to the village youth.
Another key component of equipping is Stewardship. While many churches in our community are building fabulous new facilities, we turned to being good stewards of the blessing we already have by aggressively upgrading our building with new paint in the narthex and sanctuary, a new roof, plans for new chairs for our services, painting the library and main fellowship room as well as upgrades to our restrooms. We continue an active building fund to add a needed fellowship hall that will allow us to expand our community activities through drama and music events as well as expanded Christian Education opportunities. We have also refocused our campaign to educate our members and friends on the numerous ways we use the monetary blessings the Lord has given them when they return those blessings to us. We have actually expanded our giving in these tough economic times which has in turn allowed us to provide more mission support during the last two years. We also emphasize that Stewardship is also vital with donations of time and talent – no matter the size or support.
In the lifecycle of our discipleship, our transformed and equipped disciples go out into the world and prophesize through word and deed. Our Pastor and Director of Student Ministries lead by example along with our Elders and Deacons to include our youth leaders in a long list of mission events. We feed the homeless in their camps in Prince William County every Sunday. We feed and have fellowship with families at the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Eastern Prince William County. We were some of the first Presbyterians to support Christian Missionaries in the Sudan by conducting a mission trip to that war torn nation. We have conducted youth missions to some of the toughest cities in America to include Pittsburg, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC as well as to Native American Reservations in the Mid West. We have continuously supported a Relay for Life Team for the past ten years and rose over $100K in the fight against cancer. In support of the team, we man a Prayer Tent for all the participants as well as conduct a contemporary worship service to provide hope and encouragement to the victims and survivors of cancer. Our Living Waters Mission Team to the Yucatan continues to transform the lives of the villagers by teaching them how to produce their own clean water and to share the Living Water of the Good News.
When our disciples return from a mission trip, they have a transformed spirit that helps drive the continuation of the Discipleship Lifecycle. We are a Prophetic Voice in the world.
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