Authentic Community: Our 2021 Focus

“But if we walk in the light, as God indeed is in the light, we have fellowship with one another … ”
(1 John 1:7a)

  • WATCH or LISTEN: Jan. 31 Sanctuary Sermon on Authentic Community
  • LISTEN: our theme song for the year, “Living in the Light of God” 

At a time when most of us long for deep fellowship and real community, McFarlin invites you to join us in nurturing and celebrating holy community. Together over the coming year, we’ll explore the many ways the Light of God shines within and through the relationships of God’s people. >> Scroll down for new and upcoming opportunties in worship, discipleship and mission that focus on our yearly theme. 

Over the course of this year (and beyond) we’ll study these 8 principles of Authentic Community.

Authentic Community is:

  1. A place that is profoundly safe
  2. A place where we never give up on each other
  3. A place where wisdom about how to live emerges from honest conversation centered on God’s Word
  4. A place where all children of God are affirmed
  5. A place where clergy, church staff and laity share the responsibility of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
  6. A place where we model what it means to wrestle openly and honestly with topics that divide us, practicing active listening and allowing God’s love to reconcile us to one another.
  7. A place where we explore and understand the bases of our moral convictions and how they are founded on scripture, tradition, reason and experience.
  8. A place where we are centered on the good news of Jesus Christ and recognize that God is doing something transformative in and through us

2021 TEAMS: These teams will help lead our congregation is specific ways. In the coming weeks and months these teams will share opportunties to grow together as a church family.  

  • General Conference Team: led by Karen Hill & Chris Gentry
  • Just Action Team: led by Harris Phillips
  • Vision Next One Hundred: Led by Jonathan Bryan & Cara MacDonald
  • Centennial Celebration: Led by Carol Warner 

This year’s sermon series and the learning and action options that go with them emerge from our scriptures after prayer-centered pursuit of what the Spirit would say to the church. Below is a brief overview of what we’ll be learning in worship in 2021.

During Lent we will explore being “real like Jesus” with texts in the Gospel of Luke. After Easter we’ll focus on the holy unity of the church as found in the writings of Paul. Over the summer we’ll spend 7 weeks studying in the book of 1 John. Near the end of August we’ll take a 5-week in-depth look at the great chapter on love in 1 Cor. 13. During October, we’ll cover 4 texts in the Book of Acts about being “all in” as God’s authentic community. For Advent we’ll spend 4 weeks focusing on the theme “He will bring us goodness and light,” learning how the first chapter of the Gospel of John relates to the traditional Christmas stories of the other Gospels. 

During Lent, we’re offering a daily prayer, McFarlin’s cross necklace tradition, a book study and live discussion of lenten themes on our Facebook group.  

Click here to pray, study and engage during Lent

Join us in living into our yearly focus through current and upcoming missions opportunities: 

Habitat House from the Ground Up // Pandemic has changed the location, but it won’t stop the work we do with our annual House From The Ground Up mission trip. Since we’re not able to go down to the Rio Grande Valley this year, McFarlin is working with Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity to build a house in Noble. 

Habitat House Groundbreaking // Friday, March 5 // 9AM // Join us in person or LIVE from Facebook as we gather for the groundbreaking of the House From the Ground Up project in Noble, OK. Questions? Contact Scott Meier //