“First Church Vitality Process is Spiritual and Physical”
First Church, Congregational, on the Square in Downtown Painesville since 1810, has been involved in a physical restoration process over the past several years. The most visible and recent aspect of the restoration are the replacement steps, those at the front and side of the church, facing the Veteran’s Park and Mentor Avenue.
Along with the physical changes, First Church, which is literally the “first church” and oldest church in Lake County, has been involved in a refocus of its mission and responsibilities. The process has been labeled as a “vitality process” in which all members look at where and how the church may improve itself, according to Rev. Tom Cofer, senior pastor. Rev. Cofer has outlined the process within his forthcoming September sermons.
“We will also look at how this process continues to call us to make changes as we move into the future,” Rev. Cofer says.
First Church Congregational, except for Advent and some during Lent and Holy Week, will be moving away from the Revised Common Lectionary and going towards more theme based sermons. “For instance, October’s theme will be ‘The Politics of Jesus,’ and I think it will be interesting and may lead us to some interesting and moving reflections and discussions”, he adds.