Moderator's Message

November 2020

Our Mighty Little Church!

Welcome to November, my friends, and the second to the last month of 2020! I know most of you have probably been anxiously waiting for this year to be over in hopes that it takes COVID-19 and the many changes in our lives, with it. But please, don't be so quick to give up the time remaining, as we are moving into one of our most sacred periods of the year. Instead, let's take a moment to reflect on everything we’ve faced together as First Congregational Church of Escondido (FCCE), and realize that despite the many hurdles, we will emerge victorious; as victorious as our Lord, and victorious because of our Lord.


Personally for me, one of the greatest things to come out of this year, was our Congregational Survey. This was an opportunity to utilize a new form of communication between church leadership and our congregation to better understand what is important to the members of FCCE, and the work we are doing in Escondido, CA. The survey provided us with a way to listen to everyone, and gave us great data to help identify what we are doing well, and the areas in which we still need to improve.


I hope all of you have had an opportunity to review the report put together by Dana Stevens and Deb Pint. They executed the distribution of the survey, the collection of the raw data, and the computation of the results into the final report. What an amazing job! This has made it possible for me to promise each and everyone of you that your voices have been heard, and each of the teams that make up the Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) are already at work in addressing the items highlighted during the survey. We have plenty of work ahead of us, and we are not resting on our laurels. This is a chance for us to charge head-on into the challenge and emerge a better church for our congregation and for our community! Thank you to each and everyone of you that has made this year exceptional, despite the challenges. I look forward to sharing the next couple of months with you all while we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, as well as the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.


Gary Patterson,