The Corners of Flood Relief

October 4, 2017

By Rev. Holly Bandel Shelia was strong and courageous - the homeowner we met on our September trip to Baton Rouge. Our team was taken by her presence and story. She has been living with family members since the floods in August 2016. Six feet of water had come into... read more

“Compassion is not sympathy or pity. Compassion is when I invite your pain into my heart and then push it out through my hands. We can’t just sit with pain and eat a lot of carbs. Compassion comes from feeling that tenderness inside us and letting it move us to... read more

Rise: Mission Now

September 27, 2017

The Rise Fund was instituted to collect funds throughout the year for annual distribution to partner non-profit agencies. But when a tornado tore through the town of Moore, OK, the Rise Fund committee began exploring ways to respond to unforeseen emergencies and MissionNow was born. Mission Now collects fund for... read more

I’m the Match

September 14, 2017

By Jay Smith Two years ago, my cousin Ashley passed away after a long battle with Leukemia. Her battle included three bone marrow transplants, each of which extended her life and gave her just a little more time with her toddler twin boys. I wasn’t a good marrow match for... read more

Why I Give

September 11, 2017

By Kyle Elam, FirstChurch member and Chair of the FirstChurch Finance Committee I grew up in a small town in West Texas as the youngest of four children. My family attended church semi-regularly, my parents lining us up in a pew and sitting as bookends to keep us in check.... read more