In my searching through the archives, I found a printed church invitation. It has Glen Rinard’s picture on it as the pastor, so I’m guessing, given the time he was pastor at NFC, that this is somewhere around 1959. Here’s part of what it said:
To present the good news of Christ in such a way that people will be led to seek and find Him in a satisfying, transforming spiritual experience.
To have in all of our meetings for worship an atmosphere in which those who enter will be influenced to be aware of the presence of God and to receive His grace.
To provide opportunities for Christian fellowship and service where all who will participate may be helped and enabled to give help to others in Christ-like ways.
To promote peace and active helpfulness in every area of human relationships by bringing people to practice the principles of Christ.
To cooperate with other churches and organizations in seeking to promote the welfare of all in the entire community.
Almost 50 years ago, several key words appear that will consistently re-appear in future articulations of NFCâ€™s mission: â€œtransforming,â€ â€œpresence of God,â€ â€œfellowship,â€ â€œservice,â€ â€œpeace.â€ The constant theme of concern for the entire community is also seen again. What are some things you notice in these words from half a century ago?