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New Member Development Ministry

Our dream statement describes First Congregational Church as a welcoming and diverse community of faith committed to God and each other.  The purpose of the New Member Development Ministry Group is to promote and communicate to the congregation the most effective ways to maintain and grow our church membership, to facilitate that process, and to encourage all members of the church to participate in this goal, while simultaneously supporting and encouraging newcomers and newly-joined members to regularly participate in worship and other activities of the church..

With that goal in mind, NMD seeks to bring new people into the fellowship of the church by encouraging all to invite and welcome newcomers with radical hospitality to encourage an open and positive experience within our church community. We seek to create a welcoming environment by making our building user-friendly and inviting. NMD promotes FCC’s commitment to diversity with the greater community through marketing and outreach initiatives. 

With the help of Blue Door Consulting, a local PR and marketing firm, NMD developed our Member Bridge weekly newsletter, web site and signature logo to promote a recognizable identity that defines us within the community. “Different Path, Same Journey” celebrates our individual uniqueness while embracing our collective oneness along life journey. 

NMD focuses on all aspects related to welcoming all. This includes, but is not limited to, recruiting greeters, managing the pew pads, making visitor follow-up calls, providing hospitality messages in bulletins and newsletters, handling marketing and publicity through newspapers, websites, and social media communications (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), participating with staff in Newcomer classes, attending and participating in hospitality-related classes, workshops and webinars, and routinely evaluating and updating physical environment to ensure it reflects our hospitality mission.

Additionally, we plan and sponsor events within the church that remind and encourage all members and church friends to be ambassadors for the church (events such as Friendship Sunday, encouraging people to wear name tags, networking, etc.); and we are continually looking for other innovative ways to increase the awareness of FCC’s ministries, role and support of the greater community.

Over the years, we have heard from dozens of people who have visited or subsequently joined who said that FCC was warm and welcoming when they first visited. This reinforces what we have learned time and time again in the various “workshops” we’ve participated in—that first impressions are critically important and that most people visiting a church will decide within 10 minutes if they will ever come back.

It is this group's mission to continue working toward making FCC a place where one's decision to join this outstanding church family comes easily and quickly.



Newcomer's Class


Interested in learning more about First Congregational Church? Have you been thinking about joining First Congregational Church and want more information about what that might mean? A Newcomer's Class has been scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the FCC Lounge. 

Members of the New Member Development Ministry Group along with Rev. Jack Seville and Ginnie Sherer, Nurture Ministries Coordinator will be on hand to talk about FCC. During a PowerPoint presentation, you will hear something about the history of FCC, the United Church of Christ Denomination; hear about the ministries and programs available at FCC. You will also have opportunities to ask questions about the church. We take time to fill out interest surveys that help the leadership of the church get to know your interests so that we can help to connect with your faith journey and help you to get connected to areas of church life that are of interest to you. If you are interested in joining the church, this meeting will help to do that. 

This meeting will last about 1.5 hours. If interested in attending, please reserve your spot (and informational folder) by calling Cynthia Hunt in the FCC office at 231-7520. You may also send her an email: office@fccoshkosh.org. If you require child care to attend, let Cynthia know as Child Care can be provided at FCC for this meeting.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, during the Annual
Meeting of First Congregational Church we were
pleased to welcome 10 new members:

VALERIE BARTON CLAIRE SEAVER

NATHAN BETTGER KAT SELTZER

ANNE DICKEY LAURA HARTMAN

GINA LIPPOLD-RUBY DAVID RUBY

SALLY JOSEPHSON

AMBER KRUMENAUER 

Newcomer's Class

Interested in learning more about First Congregational Church? Have you been thinking about joining First Congregational Church and want more information about what that might mean? A Newcomer's Class has been scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the FCC Lounge. 

Members of the New Member Development Ministry Group along with Rev. Jack Seville and Ginnie Sherer, Nurture Ministries Coordinator will be on hand to talk about FCC. During a PowerPoint presentation, you will hear something about the history of FCC, the United Church of Christ Denomination; hear about the ministries and programs available at FCC. You will also have opportunities to ask questions about the church. We take time to fill out interest surveys that help the leadership of the church get to know your interests so that we can help to connect with your faith journey and help you to get connected to areas of church life that are of interest to you. If you are interested in joining the church, this meeting will help to do that. 

This meeting will last about 1.5 hours. If interested in attending, please reserve your spot (and informational folder) by calling Cynthia Hunt in the FCC office at 231-7520. You may also send her an email: office@fccoshkosh.org. If you require child care to attend, let Cynthia know as Child Care can be provided at FCC for this meeting.