It's an old naval term that called for all crew members to scramble to the deck of the ship, usually in an emergency situation.
Ours is not an emergency situation but it is a vital one for the direction of the USS FirstPlano. A Task Force from our Conference Office will be on board to share with us findings from the 200+ surveys we completed last fall plus information about the mission field we are charged by Christ to reach. Additionally, we will hear the observations from 30 visits made by "mystery guests" over the last two months. It will be a lot of information to absorb and discuss during a five-hour church conference on Saturday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Some of the feedback will affirm us; some of it will surprise and challenge us. All of it will help change our focus and heading.
I have sent an e-mail to 117 elected leaders from 2017 and 2018; they are expected to be present. We want 300 present for input, discussion and ownership of the outcomes. If you have not already done so, please sign up at church or online at www.fumcplano.org/hci. Child care is provided and lunch is involved so we need a headcount. It is a five-hour commitment and Christ is calling us, "All hands on deck."
Out of this joint work, on Sunday, Jan. 14 we will have ONE single worship service at 10:30 a.m. (Sunday School at 9:30) with the Rev. Jim Ozier as our special guest. He will present us with "prescriptions" for course corrections going forward into our foreseeable future. All of this will be consistent with the reading many of us did last year with books like, Simple Church.
See you on board this Epiphany Sunday,