Why A New Logo?

As we continue to walk together as a church into this new chapter, it became apparent thru many conversations and interactions among many of us around First Alliance Church that we didn't have a clear "visual identity". As the Strategic Planning team did the work of praying and thinking thru what our mission, vision, and priorities would be, it was clear that the time was right to begin to think about how we are visually presenting ourselves to our community. While the idea of "branding" and "visual identity" can seem to be overly concerned with "marketing", it is not unhealthy for a church to consider how we are perceived by those we wish to reach in our community. To begin the process of logo design, a small team of church members was formed to first discuss a concept, and then begin to design a logo.

As this team met and discussed what symbol might be used to represent First Alliance Church, we knew we wanted to communicate that our church was about the good of our community and our city. If you have ever had any type of conversation in which you explain our churches location, you no doubt used the Lake Underhill bridge as a landmark to explain where our campus is located. This is the concept for our new church logo. There already are architectural design elements on these bridge pillars that somewhat resemble a cross, and so we took these elements and used them to create a cross on our logo as well. In the end, this logo accomplishes several goals:

  1. It speaks to our church's mission to GO into our city and our world to make disciples.
  2. It speaks to the centrality of the cross in our lives.
  3. It boasts a bold, clean, and timeless design that is easily useable in many situations. 

I am hopeful that this new logo is a visual expression of the reality that God is at work doing something fresh and new here at First Alliance Church. 

-Pastor Jeff

School Supplies

One of the most consistent ways that we get to connect with the community surrounding our church campus is thru our sports ministries, and we have an opportunity to serve that community this week!.

Below you will find a list of basic school supplies. These supplies can help many of the families in our community send their kids to school prepared to learn. We are collecting these school supplies on Sunday August 2nd. We are only collecting these supplies for this one Sunday in order to able to distribute them in time for school to start.

Would you consider purchasing some of the following supplies and bringing them on Sunday morning August 2nd? This is a great way to serve our community in a very easy, and tangible way. Don't miss out on the joy of serving!

School Supplies:

  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • Bottle of School Glue
  • Fiskars Blunt Tip Scissors
  • Package of Washable Markers(8 per package)
  • Plastic Pocket Folders with Brads
  • Primary Composition Notebooks
  • Box of Tissues
  • Pink Erasers
  • Pencil Box

Prayer: Essential to Worship

In 1 Timothy 2, we find the following text:

Instructions on Worship

2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

I have always thought that it was interesting that the heading for this text is "Instructions on Worship" and the first instruction in the text is about prayer. In fact, the Apostle Paul even goes so far to say that He "urges" "first of all" that we need to be a praying people. Prayer is essential if we are going to properly worship God. We see in this text that prayer takes our eyes off of ourselves and onto people. Prayer also helps us to clearly see God's mission in our world. We see that God's desire is for us to Pray for "all people", the same "all people" that Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for. What better reason do we need to pray?

Now, as I said above, I think it is very important to remember that this instruction to pray and to lift our eyes to God's plan to rescue and redeem is given as an instruction of corporate worship. Remember, this is written to a group of Christians. We must pray, and we must not neglect to pray together! 

On March 1(CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS), we have the opportunity to put this into practice. If you are at all able to make it out that evening, I cannot urge you strongly enough to make it a priority to come. We will spend the evening worshipping and praying together to the glory of the One who gave Himself as a ransom for us: Jesus.

I hope you will join us

Pastor Jeff

Developing A Bright and Sustainable Future for First Alliance Church

Former baseball great, Yogi Berra, perhaps stated it best in regards to organizations and planning:  “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll never get there.” Many organizations, including churches, are never able to move forward in a positive direction because they have not developed any type of strategic plan. Yet, few subjects are of greater importance to Christian organizations than planning.  I have often said that if we fail to plan, plan to fail.  

First Alliance Church, you have invited me to serve as your “Interim” Lead Pastor, but this does not mean we will be operating in a “business as usual” mode.  We do not want the Church to become static.  We want to develop a bright and sustainable future for the Church as we follow biblical principles for building a healthy church and fulfilling the Great Commission.  We need to engage in planning

With this in mind, I ask you to join hands with me as we help to chart the future direction of First Alliance Church.  We will be looking at important planning matters such as mission, core values, vision, evaluation, priorities, and strategies.  While I will be working closely with the Elder Board, Governing Board, and a Strategic Planning Task Force, I invite all members of the Church to participate in a very early step in this planning process.  It will begin this Sunday evening, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall as we assess the current ministry of the Church.  We will focus our attention on four key areas:

  • Strengths—What is working well?
  • Weaknesses—What is missing or needs improvement?
  • Opportunities—What possibilities do we see?
  • Threats—What obstacles do we identify?

Thank you in advance for your participation.  Thank you for your commitment to the future direction of First Alliance Church and for being involved in the planning process.

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but not plans.”  Peter Drucker  

“All this is in writing,” David said, “because the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan.”  I Chronicles 28:19

 

Larry J. McKinney

Interim Lead Pastor

Why a new website?

As we move forward together into this new chapter in the life of First Alliance Church, it became clear that we needed a new website. You may be asking why, and I wanted to take a little time to try and explain the main reason for a new website.

It has always been the goal of the church to see as many people as possible come to know and love Jesus Christ. In fact, the idea of "knowing Him and making Him known" is well known at First Alliance.

A church's website is most often the very first thing someone new will look at to better understand that church. A church website is at least as important as the physical campus that our church meets at. In the case of our buildings, everyone understands that we should maintain them at the highest level of excellence possible in order to make our church be the most hospitable it can be to as many people as possible. This same thinking is true for our website, and because of this the time was right for a complete rebuild of the website. You will notice that we also have a new domain: firstallianceorlando.org

Again this is to help the newcomer more easily find us. If a new person does not know what "fac" stands for, they may be confused as to where to find us online. There are also many new features that we will be rolling out as they become functional. These include: a blog, online giving, newsletters, and many more!

We are excited for this new website and we hope that you will find it useful!

-Pastor Jeff

Titus-Beginning Feb 8th

On Sunday, February 8th, we will begin a new series on the book of Titus during our Sunday morning Worship service. This book is a short, but rich book about the life of a church. It was written by the Apostle Paul to a man named Titus who was helping to guide the church in Crete towards health and vitality as a church. This book has so much for us as we look to our future together as a church. We would love to encourage you to read the book of Titus over the next week or so and begin to think about what implications it may have for you. We are very much looking forward this series, and we hope you will be enriched by it.