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Rev. Jan Ekstedt
“Welcome one another… just as Christ has welcomed you…”
~ Romans 15:7
The welcome of Christ is powerfully pictured for us in His familiar story of the “Prodigal
Son” (Luke 15:11-24). The father, moved with compassion, watched for the return of his boy,
ran to him when he finally saw him on the far horizon, gathered him up into his arms, and then
fully restored him to his place in the family with no questions asked and no bitterness left lingering.
This is how God in Jesus Christ welcomes us into His forever family, and this is the kind of welcome that
First Christian Church of McAllen, Texas, intends to extend to everyone, always. As our denominational Identity Statement says – it is our goal to “welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us. So, if you are looking for a place of welcome, worship, service, and growth, then First Christian Church could very well be the place you are looking for. Join us for worship on a Sunday morning, or give us a call to set up to set up a time to visit. We would love to get acquainted with you.
- Douglas Skinner +
The mission of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in McAllen, Texas, shall be as revealed in the New Testament; to win people to a living faith in Jesus Christ by proclaiming and living out the gospel of Christ that all may grow in the knowledge of him to do God’s will by His grace.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will position itself on the growing edge of McAllen, Texas, in order to:
1) Offer a ministry characterized by a loving, forgiving, and an accepting environment.
2) Passionately model the life of Christ with those who are searching, the unchurched, and with our family of faith through contemporary and creative expressions.
3) Provide a response to people’s needs, hurts, and interests in a culturally relevant experience with our Lord and Savior.
The Christian Church (DOC) was founded in the early 1800’s in the United States. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned only one Christian Church modeled on the New Testament. They were committed to ecumenism and Christian Higher Education.
The First Christian Church (DOC) McAllen traces its roots to September 15, 1914, when Mrs. Grace McDaniel invited several ladies to her home for the purpose of forming a Ladies Aid Society. That association and the fervor of the members led to the establishment of the First Christian Church (DOC) McAllen. Determination and perseverance characteristic of the efforts of the early day founders of the church have carried over to this day.
During the early 1900’s there was a strong sense of interdependence between the various churches in the Valley. The members of First Christian Church capitalized on that interdependence to raise funds, buy property and build the first church, which was erected in one day on February 14, 1917.
The church today continues the spirit of cooperation among all churches, as it also continues to display the strong characteristics of independence which was a basic heritage of the early church established as an American frontier church.