About Our Congregation
We are a congregation in covenant relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We have national and regional bodies.
However, all decisions about the running of our local church are made by our congregation. We have a Board, Elders, and Deacons.
Men and Women may serve God and the church in whatever capacity that they feel called. We have an open communion table every Sunday, and all are welcomed to come to the table as God is calling you to the table.
We believe in the importance of children and delight in the joy of children and honor the obligation to teach them and to show them way to live happy, full lives and very much want them to be an open and integral part of the church congregation.
Drawing deeply on the most ancient strands of our tradition and scripture, we affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and therefore have inherent worth and dignity. This truth comes from the proclamation in Genesis 1, that all humans are made in the image of God. The worth and dignity of all people are absolutes; they do not depend on variables such as race or ethnicity, gender or sexuality, wealth, intelligence, moral virtue, religion, ability, or social standing.
We also affirm that we hear, just as the people of God of every time and place have heard, God's call to promote healing and wholeness in all of God's creation. That is not an optional part of our faith. Scripture highlights our healing, serving, reconciling, peacemaking work in the world as central to our life of faith.
May God bless and strengthen all efforts to end the death-dealing ways that threaten our shared life as people of faith and as Americans. Let us join together in prayer. Let us mobilize together in faithfulness. Let us fulfill God's desire that we all live in life-giving community with one another.
Following Christ's example, we are committed to inviting EVERYONE to experience God's love, to grow in deeper relationship with God and God's people, and to serve God in our community and throughout the world.
Celebrating and affirming God's love and Christ's welcome for every person.
Embracing the traditions, heritage, and covenant relationship of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), especially Christ's open invitation to the Communion Table.
Respecting the traditions and heritage of other Christians, and committing to working with them for the unity of the Church.
Affirming the freedom and responsibility of every Christian to understand the scriptures through study, experience, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Acknowledging that faithful Christians may disagree regarding God's word and God's will, we commit to maintaining mutual respect and continuing covenant.
BEING A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST at First Christian Church in Scottsbluff
We are a service-oriented church and many of our projects were brought about because a member felt strongly and presented an idea. We believe in working alone and in conjunction with other churches, organizations, or government agencies. We will lend a hand, money, and support wherever God calls us to help locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
We have a local governing board, called the Board, (Yes, we make it simple.) made up of members of the congregation who vote and make decisions about the church building, finances, and all the other day-to-day issues of maintaining a church who reports to and discusses with the congregation as a whole. A person does not have to be a member of the Board to attend board meetings.
Board meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7 pm at the church. Any and all can attend and are welcome.
Chair - Lou Ann Herstead
Vice-Chair - Dianna Newman
Secretary - Linda Epp
Financial Secretary - Larry Alwin
Member-At-Large - Kathy Powell
Member-At-Large - Joyce Ferguson
Youth Representative - Auston Adams
We also have Elders (No, they don't have to be old, and they are men and women.) who are there to help lead the congregational members in their understanding of God and growing their spiritual life, and how that relates to their lives and to help with any problems that a person might be facing be it of a spiritual nature, addiction, or family problems. They visit shut ins and provide leadership during communion and in the life of the church.
Deacons are men, women, young and old members of the congregation who help prepare the communion meal and serve communion to the congregation on a weekly basis. They visit shut ins and help direct the growth of the church and its members.