Nancianna Nott Is 93 years old and a friend of Jane Echols. Jane was in Nancianna’s wedding party. Her and her late husband Ray, traveled extensively. Ray was a National Presbyterian Mobile Missionary in Wyoming, voluntary missionary in Thailand and mission speaker. She was interested in joining FPC Dallas because of her friendship with Jane, as well as a desire to continue to be a part of a church, which she had been a part of with Ray for so many years. God is teaching her patience right now in regard to having to attend lots of doctors’ appointments. She is also learning what it means to be a listener and rely on others.
Armel is a lay pastor in three local congregations. He cares about people all around the world, social justice, stewardship of the planet, his dog, sister, people at his churches, the list is long! He experiences joy when prayers are answered and has found peace in slowing down the pace of life and knowing that God hears him and takes care of him. God is teaching Armel as a member of Grace Presbytery Social Justice Task Force about patience, racialized injustice, how to be a better Christian, ongoing soul inventory and searching about his thoughts and actions that are racist. He has been learning that God will use him wherever he is on dog walks when a neighbor needs someone to just listen to them. He has chosen to join FPC Dallas because he sold his farm in the small town of Winnsboro East Texas and he lives close by now and has appreciated the ministries we have been a part of. He wants to volunteer!
Michael cares deeply about helping others, particularly those in need. He is happy to care for people because we are all responsible for each other. He experiences joyful fulfillment when things are accomplished. When he is able to put his mind to something and see it through, he knows that God has helped him through the process. God is teaching Michael about abundance. Even if he is not able, God can take it. There was a strong voice that told Michael to come to church one Sunday, and after ironing his shirt he came. Hearing Amos’ preaching he wanted to come closer to God and joined the church. He desired to come closer to God and for God to use him.
Sean cares about faith, the church, and social justice. He finds joy in music, creativity, and ideas. He loves seeing people excel and flourish. God is teaching Sean about humility, in that he is unable to know everything, and that is okay. Contentment can come with a life of faithful and consistent service. Sean is married to Lacy.
Lacy is passionate about speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, with emphasis on those who have experienced abuse or assault. Civic engagement is also very important and connects hand in hand with her day job which is working for the government. She finds joy in being in community, eating with people, hosting, event coordinating, doing something positive with a group of people. Lacy is learning that God’s promise is steadfast and has remained steadfast over many millennia.
Lacy and Sean are joining the church because it caught their eye after a bad breakup with another congregation. They appreciate the transparency of FPC Dallas, as well as the stances our church boldly takes and lives out. Sean and Lacy have been captivated by the welcome of our congregation and are excited to get involved.
Seth cares deeply about his family, friends, community and faith. He finds joy in making music, golfing, eating dessert and drinking good coffee. God is teaching him about patience and empathy. Seth grew up Presbyterian and has been involved in church for most of his life. Since moving to DFW (at the start of the pandemic) he has missed being part of a church community. He was drawn to the FPC Dallas for its sanctuary, organ, and community.
Tina cares about people and animals. She loves to help them meet their needs by being someone they can rely on. She finds joy in relationships, being with animals, helping those who have special needs, traveling, food, and trying new things. God is teaching her right now that she is not in control. Instead of worrying about all that she can’t control, she has is learning to be mindful, present and gracious over what she can control. Tina had been looking for a church home since moving to Dallas and her sweet friend, Kelly Boyington, invited her to FPC Dallas. Tina has loved everyone she has met at FPC Dallas and admires the work being done to share the love of God in our community.