Our vision is to reflect the image of God through a thriving artistic community within FirstMC.

Our Mission

● Using the arts to express truth and enrich worship in a way that honors and glorifies God.
● Creating an inviting space for creatives of FirstMC to share their gifts to serve the church and community. 

Our Values

● Creativity - reflecting the creative character of God
● Community - welcoming a variety of ages, experience levels, and stylistic expressions
● Whole-hearted effort - serving humbly to the best of one’s ability
● Encouragement - growing and learning together
● Prayer - asking God to lead and empower the community’s artistic endeavors.

Creative Arts Community Monthly Newsletter

The Creative Arts Community Council (CACC) is now creating monthly newsletters to provide information on various events the CACC is producing as well as to highlight other opportunities to support the arts both within and outside of FirstMC. These newsletters will contain more information than what will be included in the Midweek Messenger.

The March newsletter was sent out on Friday, March 1. If you would like to receive our future newsletters to your email, you must opt-in by filling out the form below. If you would like to opt-out of receiving these newsletters, please contact Rachel Wilhelm.


In case you missed the March newsletter, you can check it out below! There are also copies available at church or you can download and print your own.

Survey

As we continue to develop this community, we want to know what your gifts, talents, and interests are in any artistic field. We also want to know if you might be interested in being involved with future projects or a part of new initiatives as we work to incorporate various arts into the life of FirstMC.

To get to the Creative Arts Community Survey, please click the button below. Be sure to click the red submit button at the bottom of the survey when finished.

One of the components of the Creative Arts Community is to allow for more of the many talented musicians within our congregation to share their gifts by providing live music near the Coffee Connection Café on Sundays starting at 10 AM. We hope that you will make a habit to come to church early to enjoy the yummy drinks and treat, cherish the time of fellowship with one another, and savor the music.

There is a piano available in the hallway, but this is not limited to only pianists or soloists.  Groups of two to three people are welcome to join together.  We will not be using a sound system as this is acoustic, background music to help calm our spirits and prepare us to gather for worship.  

This can be any style: jazz, classical, gospel, traditional hymns, contemporary.  It should not be anything with secular lyrics that people would recognize.

If you have questions, please contact John Gerig. 

If you would like to provide 20 to 25 minutes of music on a Sunday before church, please fill out the form below. Be sure to click the red submit button at the bottom of the form when finished.


Our next exhibit will be the works of Mike Bishop

His exhibit will be open from Sunday, January 21 until Sunday, March 3. We hope you will stop by and see this exhibit! 

Meet Mike Bishop

Mike studied fine arts for four years at the Fort Wayne Art Institute (1967-1971) which later became part of IPFW. During his studies at the art school he accepted Christ as his Savior and was changed from being a "Hippie Freak" to being a "Jesus Freak". Mike, his wife Carol, and their two children, Alison and Gretchen, started attending FirstMC in the late 70s. In 1984 they left for Ecuador, South America where they served as missionaries for 32 years. During that time, Mike continued doing art in his spare time, mainly woodcut printing and watercolor painting. This show is a collection of some of the art that has continued to be a passion as he has served the Lord with the talents and abilities that God has given him. He hopes that you enjoy this sampling of 50 years of his artistic journey.

Our next open exhibit is called “Praise”

This is open to all FirstMC artists with their original two and three-dimensional art. We welcome works done by children and youth too! This exhibit will be juried by the CACC. The deadline for submissions with completed forms is March 17, 2024

Important Dates:

March 10 - 14 & 17, 2024: Artwork dropped off
March 18, 2024: Submissions juried
March 21, 2024: Exhibition installed
March 24 - May 5, 2024: Exhibit open
May 5 - 9, 2024: Artwork picked up

Entry Procedure:

All artwork should be dropped off to Volunteer Office during regular business hours (9 AM to Noon) on Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14 as well as before or after the service on Sunday, March 10 or 17, 2024. Artwork will not be accepted before March 10. Limit of 4 entries per artist. Forms must be completely and legibly filled out and submitted to the church office. Each piece of artwork needs to have the completed entry slip attached to the back of the piece. The information the artist submits on the entry slip will be the information on the gallery labels. Any entries received after March 17, 2024 or with incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.

The Call for Entry for our open exhibit with the theme of "Praise" is below.  There are also copies available at church or you can download and print your own.

A place for FirstMC writers to gather (virtually) for inspiration and connection as we use poetry and other written forms to explore and express our lives of faith. 

Request to join the private Facebook group by clicking the button below.

Arts in the Community

If you are involved in the arts outside of FirstMC and you would like your event announced in the Creative Arts Community’s Monthly Newsletter, please provide us with the relevant information by clicking the button below to fill out the form.

Please note that the Creative Arts Community Council reserves the right to promote only events
considered appropriate for the entire FirstMC community.