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Membership Information

Our VISION Statement says that…
FAMILY COMMUNITY CHURCH exists to lead the unsaved to Christ and bring Christians to maturity by preaching and teaching the uncompressed Word of God. We boldly and with excellence present Jesus Christ and demonstrate God’s love to all people. Matt 28:18-20.
 
FURTHER, we endeavor to equip every believer for ministry through dynamic training that is biblically based and relevant to life. The goal of this training is to develop disciples committed to building the church, and more importantly, to equip believers to take the gospel into their community and the world. Acts 1:8.
 
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF FAMILY COMMUNITY CHURCH
If you feel the Holy Spirit is guiding you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior during one of the worship services here at Family Community Church please let us know by calling the church office at 323-5002, marking the communication card and someone will contact you with more information or by simply walking forward during the invitation at the end of a Sunday service. There will be someone in the aisle to walk forward and stand with you.
 
Membership at Family Community Church means you choose to stand with us as a church, as we influence our friends, our community and our world to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ. . . one life at a time.
All Members of Family Community Church have:
 
* Confessed faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and baptism by immersion.
* United by letter from some other Christian Church of like faith and order.
* United upon statement of Christian experience, if previously baptized by immersion.
* Or, have re-united by restoration.
After becoming a member at Family Community Church, it is our desire to see you get involved in the ministry of the church.
 
If you would like to participate in the next Membership Class or have questions about church membership, please call the church office, 323-5002 or e-mail us at admin@fccfresno.com.
Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior

 

Membership Policy

Funeral Policy
When a loved ones passes
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow and grief. Your church wants to be there for you to minister to your needs and bring comfort to your heart. Family Community Church (FCC) is available to counsel and minister to you and your loved ones during this time. Please let us know any specific ways we can be of assistance to you. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. NKJV
The Senior Pastor, Ministers, Deacons, Church Leaders, and the Members of Family Community Church shall be sympathetic and sensitive to the needs of families in bereavement. Condolences shall be extended to each family with our sincere regard. We recommend services to be planned in a manner that will console and preserve the dignity of the family. Any suggestion from the family will be greatly appreciated.
 
Our three point goal in assisting the family plan their funeral service is to:
1. Honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
2. Cherish the life and legacy of the deceased
3. Bring aid and comfort to the surviving family.
 
In the case of a funeral needing to be held at Family Community Church, contact the church office at 559-323-5002 or at admin@fccfresno.com to make arrangements for funeral services.
 
In the case of the death of a family member and the funeral is being held at another church, please contact the church office at 559-323-5002 or admin@fccfresno.com to make arrangements for funeral services. In addition, you may contact your assigned Deacon.
 
This Funeral Handbook has been put together to assist you with the practical aspects of dealing with your grief as well as to serve as the Family Community Church’s Statements of Practice and Funeral Policies.
 
 
Wedding Policy
 
Marriage is one of the most honorable institutions designed by God, and we trust this will be one of the most joyous occasions of your life.
 
Because marriage is such a crucial decision for two individuals, the pastors of Family Community Church have specific guidelines to follow before committing to officiating a wedding ceremony. Our purpose as a church is to give guidance in spiritual issues and to direct people in ways that are pleasing to the Lord. The guidance we give comes from a strong emphasis on following the instructions given in the Bible concerning the joining of a man and a woman in holy matrimony. Please follow the links to our handbooks for detailed information or call our church office for additional questions at (559) 323-5002.
 

Baptism

Why Should I Get Baptized?

FOLLOWING GODS DIRECTION IN BAPTISM

Most people love to do what they want to do but find it hard to do what other people want them to do. In the same way, many people have a hard time doing those things they know they should be doing – those things that God tells us we should do. True peace and happiness in life comes not from following our own road map in life but from following the path that God sets before us. Knowing and doing the will of God are two separate things. We can know the will of God and choose not to do it, or we can choose to do what He commands us to do. We hope that the following information will help you in understanding how Baptism fits into God’s plan for your life. If you have not followed God’s direction in believer’s baptism you will find information in the next few pages that will help you to both know and do God’s will for your life.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. WHY PEOPLE GET BAPTIZED
People should be baptized out of an act of obedience to Jesus!

The Bible says . . .

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Matthew 28:19-20

The Bible says . . .

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
John 14:15

People who want to follow God should do what God wants them to do! Simple enough. Jesus was baptized. He asked his disciples to be baptized. He asked his disciples to baptize others who believed in Him. When we love him we want to follow him and do what he commands us to do. He commands that everyone who chooses to follow him and to call themselves “Christian” should be baptized.People should be baptized because it is a way of telling their family and friends that Jesus is in their life.
The Bible says . . .
The Philippian jailer brought Paul and Silas out of the prison and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved’ . . . He and all his family were baptized . . . The whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God.”

Acts 16:30-34
All of us can remember an occasion when we attended a wedding or watched one on T.V. A wedding is simply a symbol of a man and a woman’s love for each other. This symbol is an outward sign of their inward love. The ceremony is a way of showing friends and family how much they love each other. The wedding is not when they fell in love, just a sign that they are in love and commit themselves to each other.

In the same way getting baptized is not “the” moment you fall in love with Jesus, it is an outward sign of the inward commitment that you have already made to follow Jesus. Baptism should take place very soon after you make a commitment to follow Jesus. When it does happen, it must happen AFTER you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and it is only a SIGN of what has already happened in your heart – that is the act of obedience to Jesus. This sign is for your friends, family, and the church to witness.
People should be baptized because it is a way of telling others that Jesus washed their sins away.

The Bible Says . . .
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9
Baptism, as an act of obedience, is only a symbol of what God has already done in your life. It has no magic power or ability to wash away sins. Only Jesus can wash away your sins. This happens when you ask Him into your life to be your Lord and Savior. The symbol of water is a cleansing symbol of what Jesus did when He saved you.

HAVE YOU INVITED JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE?

This is the most important question that you need to answer. If not you can pray this simple prayer right now and know that you are saved and ready for heaven and for baptism. Simply pray . . .

Jesus, I am a sinner. I want to ask you to come into my life and save me from my life of sin. I want to be re-born as a Christian. I want you to become the Lord and Savior of my life. – AMEN

If you prayed this prayer today or sometime before today Jesus will honor His word and will come into your life. Now it is important that you listen to Him and begin to obey His commandments to live the life He is calling you to live. The first step in this process is to be baptized as a sign of your obedience to Him.

3. HOW DO YOU GET BAPTIZED?

The first step in being baptized is to indicate a desire to do so. You can do this in a variety of ways. First of all you can come forward during the invitation time on any Sunday morning and tell the minister in the invitation room following the service that you would like to be baptized. Or, you can call the church office and speak with someone anytime during the week. However you contact us we will help you to understand how you can arrange to be baptized.

The second step is to agree on a time to be baptized. We normally offer baptism on the last Sunday of the month during the 11:00 service. In some cases we can arrange another time for you to be baptized. This would depend on the circumstances. You can ask the church office about this special arrangement.

The third step is to arrive at the church prepared for baptism. All you need to bring is a fresh change of under garments. We provide the outer wear, towel, shower shoes, and shower cap. You need to arrive 15 minutes before the service and ask an usher where to go to prepare for baptism. We will give you all the instructions you will need at that point.

The word Baptize in the original Greek language literally means to go under the water. When you are dressed and ready for baptism you will enter the baptism water. The pastor will ask you a simple question something like this: “Have you trusted Jesus to be your Lord and Savior?” You will simple nod or reply “yes.” At that point you will be lowered under that water and immediately raised back up. You will exit the baptism water, change back into your church clothes and be seated in the audience for the remainder of the service. At the end of the service you will be presented with your baptism certificate.

At Family Community Church we believe that it is so important to be baptized that we make salvation and baptism a prerequisite to membership in our church. Because it is so important we want to offer you every opportunity to follow Jesus in obedience by being baptized. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, have you been baptized since you made a decision to follow him as Lord and Savior? If not, can we invite you to join us in doing this? Please contact us in the event you would like to follow through with this decision. If you have indicated a desire to do so we will be contacting you to encourage you to follow through with this decision.

Serving in Ministry Work

Family Community Church is all about carrying out the mandate of Matt. 28:18-20 and equipping people for service in the Kingdom of God. We believe that this opportunity to serve God’s people is a sacred call that comes with immense responsibility and accountability. We look forward to the opportunity of working together to create a more successful Christian environment. We also want you to feel that your volunteer service at Family Community will be a mutually beneficial and gratifying one. Below are some of the service opportunities available to you, fill out the interest form and we will contact you.

 

Ministries

  • Creative Arts
  • Drama
  • Choir
  • Audio Visual
  • Christian Education
  • Missions
  • Hospitality
  • Security
  • Nursery
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Jr.High
  • High School
  • Prayer
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Transportation

Communion

“Do this in remembrance of me.. .and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This, do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.’ ” 1 Corinthians 11:24-26
 
Prepare yourself by:
 
  • Self examination (I Corinthians 11:27)
  • Confessing my sins (I John 1:9)
  • Recommitment (Romans 12:1)
  • Restoring relationships (Matthew 5:23-24)
 
WHEN & HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE OBSERVE THE LORD’S SUPPER?
 
Jesus never said when, or how often believers should observe the Lord’s Supper. He instituted it on a Thursday night. Since it is a “supper,” it may seem appropriate to observe it at an evening service. Here at Family Community Church, we have elected to observe the Lord’s Supper on the first (1st) Sunday of each month during our worship services.