Guidelines: Place to Belong – Folks

Folks at First

The “Folks at First” section amalgamates greetings from present and former members, news updates, recognition of achievements, and acknowledgement of lives well-lived. This section has a new article every week, and is one of the main areas that draws people into the FBC website weekly.

A. Greetings

This is the kicker, a follow up to the title

Update from Names of Contributors

The goal of the Place to Belong section is to show that Christ, and by extension FBC, fills one of the great God-sized voids in life — the need to belong.

Greetings sub-group

The “Greetings” sub-group provides past members and present members who are away to update us on their lives. It provides an opportunity for new attendees to introduce themselves to the wider congregation. This strengthens Christian community at FBC.

A click on the “greetings” link takes us to the most recent submissions. The footer at the bottom of the page lists the most recent and archive submissions.

Content

You may want to start out with a one-sentence explanation of who you are in relation to this church. (i.e. “we were part of the FBC church body from 1992-1999”). Writeups should have the tone of a friend updating a far-away friend about events, or a special event, since last seeing each other. Talk about events that would interest others (avoid excessive stories about cute/smart grandchildren). Submissions should include photos — a portrait photo and at least one or two activity photos. Submissions should be 300-500 words in length. We will need evidence that the person approves of the article.

B. Let Me Introduce….

This is the kicker, a follow up to the title

Update from (Name of Contributor)

The goal of the Place to Belong section is to show that Christ, and by extension FBC, fills one of the great God-sized voids in life — the need to belong.

Let Me Introduce…. sub-group

The “Let Me Introduce….” sub-group provides us with an opportunity to introduce people to the rest of our church body. These may be new people, or people who are often in the background and don’t get noticed. Or perhaps the introduction is to a particular unknown facet of a generally well-known person. We want to get to know the “real” person, and this is often accomplished by seeing a person from more than one angle. Getting to know each other strengthens Christian community at FBC.

A click on the “Folks at First” link takes us to the most recent submissions. The footer at the bottom of the page lists the most recent and archive submissions.

Content

You may want to start out with a one-sentence explanation of who you are in relation to this person. (i.e. “we often go fishing together”). Writeups should have the tone of a person introducing a new friend to other friends. Talk about things that would interest others (avoid excessive stories about cute/smart grandchildren). Submissions should include photos — a portrait photo and at least one or two activity photos. Submissions should be 300-500 words in length. We will need evidence that the person approves of the article.

C. Achievement or Event

This is the kicker, a follow up to the title

Update from Names of Contributors

The goal of the Place to Belong section is to show that Christ, and by extension FBC, fills one of the great God-sized voids in life — the need to belong.

Achievements sub-group

The “Achievements” sub-group allows us to recognize accomplishments of local and extended members of our church body. It is our way of saying “well-done”! It helps us connect “setting and achieving goals” with running the God-given race. This is good for the soul. Role models spur us all on to greater standards.

It also helps us develop local heroes of the faith, spurring us on to greater accomplishment.

It provides an informal insight into other layers of our church body members. This strengthens Christian community at FBC.

A click on the “Folks at First” link takes us to the most recent submissions. The footer at the bottom of the page lists the most recent and archived submissions.

Content

The article should start out with a one-sentence explanation of who the achiever is in relation to this church. (i.e. “Xxxx is part of the FBC church body since 1999”). We will use second person voice (first person would sound like self-congratulations). Interview style is acceptable. The interiew/author will be acknowledged at the end of the article.

Talk about events that would interest others. Avoid excessive focus on the accomplishment. Focus more on the initial goal, preparation, process, lessons learned, unexpected results, lessons on humility, cooperation, sacrifice, endurance, striving, abiding in Christ, etc. Submissions should include photos — a portrait photo and at least one or two activity photos. Submissions should be 300-500 words in length. We will need evidence that the person approves of the article.

D. Life Well Lived

This is the kicker, a follow up to the title

Names of People being Honoured

The goal of the Place to Belong section is to show that Christ, and by extension FBC, fills one of the great God-sized voids in life — the need to belong.

Lives Well Lived sub-group

The “Lives Well Lived” sub-group allows us to recognize the contributions of local and extended members of our church body. It is our way of saying “well-done”! It helps us to visualize what it means to run the God-given race. This is good for the soul. Role models spur us all on to greater faithfulness and perseverance.

It also helps us develop local heroes of the faith, spurring us on to greater accomplishment.

It provides insight into the unseen and maybe forgotten members of our church body . This strengthens Christian community at FBC.

A click on the “Folks at First” link takes us to the most recent submissions. The footer at the bottom of the page lists the most recent and archived submissions.

Content

The article should start out with a one-sentence explanation of who the achiever is in relation to this church, and in relation to the author. (i.e. “Xxxx is part of the FBC church body since 1999”). We will use second person voice.

Talk about events that would interest others. Mention life accomplishments as well as spiritual strengths. The writer could identify how he/she personally benefited from knowing this person. Also how the church, and the larger community benefited. Submissions should include photos if possible– a portrait photo and at least one or two activity photos. Submissions should be 300-500 words in length.

We want more than the facts, we want to see the person. It is important that the right person be chosen to write this article. This is NOT to be written by a family member. This could become a politically sensitive area on our site. It MUST be written by a church appointed writer who is autonomous from the deceased. FBC has final say as to content and wording. We will need evidence that the family approves of the article.

W normally have a one year cooling off period after the person’s funeral before including the bio in our site. This should take the heat off of having family members insist that their relatives be included on this site, with or without merit.

 
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