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SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY KIDZONE
9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
 
WEDNESDAY RE-CHARGE
Bible Study 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Prayer & Praise 7:30 – 8:00 PM

 

Marriage Ministry (L.O.V.E)

 
The primary purpose of the Marriage Ministry at Family Community Church is to enrich marriage through biblical marriage seminars, retreats, fellowships and social outings. Our desire is to have married couples grow closer to one another through biblical principles and to bond with other couples for biblical accountability in their marriages. We, as a ministry, define marriage from a biblical perspective as consisting of one man and one woman (Genesis 3:18-24). We also desire these couples to invite non-churched, non-Christian married couples to our gatherings in hopes of encouraging them to have a relationship with Christ.
L.O.V.E. Marriage Ministry
Director: Rev. Anthony and Winsome Douglas

Global Missions

 

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Global Mission – Strategy

Our Global Mission Project will assist in conquering spiritual darkness around the world as part of the greater fulfillment of Matthew 24:14. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

With vigilance, Family Community Church is firmly committed in establishing and sustaining global mission projects on all seven continents which support this purpose… Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

We are committed regardless of cost or sacrifice, the church of Jesus Christ has been commissioned to this project and will pursue it vigorously, with the aid of the Holy Spirit. “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” Matt 28:18-20

 

Our Short-term Mission Strategy

 Family Community Church will continue to seek the Lord leading in indentifying existing Mission Ministries on all seven continents.

We will personally visit each of these ministries and collaborate with them to establish a relationship that will not only further the preaching of the Gospel through out the world, but also establish short-term missionary opportunity for our church members of all ages.

We will actively pursue other churches to work in partnership with us in our effort of reaching the world for Christ.

Our Long-term Strategy

As we continue with our Short-term Strategy goals, while at the same time growing spiritually and financially as a church. It is our sincere desire to mature to the point that we will have full-time missionary on all seven continents preaching and or teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is our further goal, once our Christian school resumes operations that the school’s administrative and international academic program would merge with our Church’s Global Mission Project.

“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.

4 “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith. Hab 2:2-4

Past Trips

Congo
 
Philippines
Haiti
 
South America
Australia-New Zealand
 
Russia
 
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Turning Point

 
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
 
Welcome to the Turning Point Ministry page at Family Community Church! The central theme of this group is to cater to the “whole person’;” that is, spiritually, physically, mentally and socially.
 
With forty-eight million people between the ages of 18 – late 30s in the United States with energy, ideas, creativity, and passion, it must be the priority of the Church to empower this generation to use its gifts for the benefit of people and the purposes of God. We believe there is a dynamic opportunity for a young adult ministry at our Church. It is our goal to provide the resources necessary to unlock the ministry potential in the lives of our young adults.
 
Purpose
 
To promote and encourage spiritual growth through regular in-depth study of God’s word, while encouraging individuals to experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • To encourage each individual to become ‘active’ members within their neighborhood through participating in community-related events and programs.
  • Develop and encourage mentoring and fellowship with each other as well as with other career professionals.
  • To promote and develop sound decision-making steps in regards to career and personal life.

Usher Ministry

 
“And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40
 
Our Mission: The Family Community Church ushers are trained to effectively meet the needs of the church body during all church services, promoting a welcoming, reverent and safe church experience.
 
Purpose: The ushers are called to be doorkeepers in the house of God; Psalms 84:10, ensuring the appropriate recognition of all order of service guidelines.
 
Director’s Note: Greetings to you and thank you for visiting our website! I am blessed to work with a variety of gifted individuals in our church body. Every team member brings his or her own unique style to the ministry, but we all share in one aspiration of serving Christ through serving others. Matthew 25:40
 
 
 
 

Ministries

 
Spiritual growth and connection don’t just “happen.” Just as we can improve our physical health by adopting healthy activities (a better diet, more exercise, etc.), we can improve our spiritual health by adopting healthy activities. These activities include prayer, exploring the Bible, spending time in fellowship and serving our community together.
Family Community Church believes these are crucial to your spiritual health and we have a number of opportunities for you to get connected. Romans 12:1-2
 
AWANA
Children’s Ministry
Awana reaches kids for Christ through fun,Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Him.
 
COMMUNION
Service Ministries
The Communion Ministry serves the body of Christ through the preparation of the elements of communion
TRANSPORTATION
Service Ministry
The Transportation Ministry assists individuals by getting them to worship service on Sunday Mornings.
 
SECURITY
Service Ministries
The Security Ministry is responsible for the security of the entire campus of the Family as well as the safety of leadership and church members.
 

 

Our History

 

On October 29, 1994, while serving in the capacity of Associate Minster at Saint’s Rest Baptist Church, God spoke to the heart of Rev. Chester McGensy and gave him a vision.  Rev. McGensy first shared this revelation with his family and after prayerful deliberance a month later, with his pastor and mentor, Rev. Chester Riggins, of Saint’s Rest Baptist Church.  Rev. McGensy was further led by the Holy Spirit to hold a meeting in his home on December 8, 1994, with two other families: Lawrence & Jessie Mason and Bobby & Pam Lee.  This marked the glorious beginning of Family Community Church, for at this meeting Family Community Church was officially organized.  On January 8, 1995, Rev. McGensy was ordained by Rev. Riggins and a counsel of ordained ministers from the community.

The idea of a new church began to blossom as many families contacted Rev. McGensy requesting more information..  The months of January and February were extremely busy as the small group prepared for its first worship service set for March 5, 1995.  Advertisements appeared in The Fresno Bee and The California Advocate on February 4, 1995, and an orientation meeting was held on February 5th at Kastner Intermediate School with over sixty dedicated individuals attending to learn how they could be of service to the Lord at Family Community Church.

Leaders were appointed for the following ministries:  Men’s Ministry, Dr. Fitzalbert Marius; Women’s Ministry, Jessie Mason; Family Ministry, Linda Simpson; Christian Education, Juanita Perry; Sunday School, Dorothy Marius; Children’s Nursery, Portia McGensy and Evelyn Jones; Audio, Michael Marius; Ushers and Greeters, Gloria (Jackson) Morris; and Coordinator of Facilities, Kenneth Brister.  Under the leadership of Juanita Perry, Bible teachers were trained and Sunday School classes were established for all age groups. 

“And pray in the Spirit, on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

(Ephesians 6:18)

From the beginning, prayer has been the guiding force at Family Community Church.  On  Wednesday, March 1, 1995, the initial praise and prayer service was held at Kastner Intermediate School.   Fervent prayers went up…asking the Lord for His blessing on the first Sunday morning service, scheduled for March 5th.  Those prayers were answered in a most dramatic way when over 300 worshipers attended our first morning worship service.  Deacons and Officers were also installed during that initial morning worship service.

Rev. McGensy’s inaugural sermon was appropriately entitled, ‘Stepping Out on Faith’.  Over 75 people responded to the first invitation to become members of the new congregation.  This was followed by our first baptismal service on May 21st, when 16 people made a public confession of their faith.

Two months after our first service, Men’s, Women’s and Youth Ministries began with over 125 people in attendance. On June 29, 1995, a church constitution was presented to the Body at the first official business meeting. The constitution was adopted and the Trustees were empowered to file papers of incorporation for Family Community Church.
As the church continued to grow, the Lord placed it on the heart of Rev. McGensy in the early part of 1996 to look at a parcel of land located at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Nees. Through his obedience in following the Wisdom of God, Rev. McGensy was put in contact with those who owned the land.

Rev. McGensy then shared with the church body that he believed the Lord has directed us to possess the 18.63 acres of land at the corner of Chestnut and Nees. After much prayer, a Property Committee was formed. It was chaired by Dr. Joe Lee and consisted of the following members: Sheena Flowers, Pamela Fobbs, Elvin Hall, Reynold Johnson, Gloria (Jackson) Morris, and Dr. Joseph Wilson.

It was exciting to watch God work and intervene on our behalf, first in preventing the property from being rezoned for commercial use, then nudging the owners to reduce their asking price to the amount our committee had set their sights on, and finally on convincing the loan officers at the bank that this group (with no backing, a track record of less than three years, and only $5,000 in the bank) had the faith, vision and determination to follow His leading. As God opened the way, the excitement grew at the thought of owning our own land. Yet, we knew there were major challenges ahead.

In June 1996, Rev. McGensy shared the tremendous effort that would be required to possess the land. He was led by the Holy Spirit to advise the church to partner with a nationally known stewardship ministry, which had expertise in putting together biblical stewardship campaigns. The church voted to procure the services of Injoy Stewardship Services (ISS) and in July 1996, we had our first orientation with ISS. This biblical campaign included every member of the church and its focus was on what GOD could do through each individual. The motto was “Equal Sacrifice, Not Equal Gifts.” The campaign, running from July to September 1996, proved to be most successful, as members and friends of the church prayerfully gave their first fruits offering and turned in their three-year commitment pledges on Sunday, September 29, 1996. The pledges totaled over $900,000! This was a major step in convincing the bank that God was indeed in this plan! On December 5, 1996, the church closed escrow on the land at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Nees. “To God Be the Glory” became our theme, and “We’ve Come This Far by Faith” our theme song.

A Land Dedication Service was held after the morning service on September 29, 1997, with two photographs being taken – one of the entire congregation and a second of our children, who would eventually inherit the fruit of our faithfulness to God.

In 1997, Rev. McGensy, once again, shared with the congregation that he believed the Lord was dealing with us to start construction on our first multi-purpose building. After a prayer vigil in the Genesis House, a Land Development Committee was formed, chaired by Dr. James Aldredge and comprised of Donald Brown, Dr. Willie Brown, Mary Hooper, Mae Johnson, Michael McDonald, Wesley Slade, Michael Smith, and Joe Williams.

Throughout the 1997 year, the Land Development Committee actively pursued plans for financing our first multi-purpose building. We were moving closier to realizing yet another portion of the vision God had given us. As a body of believers standing on the promises of God, we closed 1997 with prayers of thanksgiving and opened 1998 with praise.

As Rev. McGensy stayed faithful to teaching on God’s Word without equivocation, Family Community Church begin to have an impact on the community-at-large, many were saved and many new families united with us.  With the theme “Spiritual Maturity,” 1998 was a year in which we saw much growth toward Christian maturity as we held our focus on the vision given our pastor. Our faith in God never wavered as we continued to believe “God would do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think.” The membership grew as many souls were saved and brought into the kingdom of God, while some of our faithful soldiers were called home to be with the Lord during that year.

In January 1998, the church submitted an application to Regency Bank to borrow funds to build the multi-purpose building on our property. After months of trials and testing our faith, the Lord touched the hearts of the bankers and our loan request was pre-approved.

For several months, the Land Development Committee enthusiastically worked with the architect and engineers to develop blueprints for the project.  Despite the fact we tried to be conservative with costs, when we went tout o bid, the lowest bidder came in $600,000 over budget. We were sent back to our knees in prayer and with God’s enabling, we made substantial cutbacks, redrew portions of the blueprints, and were granted concessions from the City of Fresno. We are grateful to several friends of Family Community Church who contributed their time and talents to assist us. Finally, we were able to negotiate with the two lowest bidders and eventually awarded the contract to Basila Construction, Inc., of Madera which offered a bid $2,000 under our budget.

We were then able to return to the bank for final approval for a land and construction loan in the amount of $2,398,500.00. The loan was approved and escrow closed on March 5, 1999, exactly four years from the date of our first worship service at Kastner Intermediate School.

We began 1999 with great hope and promise. On Saturday, March 13, 1999, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for our first building and construction begin on March 15, 1999. The following pastors came to celebrate with us: Pastor Chester Riggins of Saints Rest Baptist Church; Pastor Paul Binion of Westside Church of God; Pastor G. L. Johnson of People’s Church; Pastor Bufe Karraker of Northwest Church; Pastor Bob Cherry of Grace Family Fellowship; Pastor Edward Lee of Mt. Olive Baptist Church; Pastor Jan Van Oosten of New Covenant Community Church; Pastor Jerome Jackson of Christian Community Church; and Pastor George Posthumus of Riverpark Bible Church. These were all churches, which had supported us either with prayer or by giving us the use of their facilities while we were waiting for our own.

With construction well underway for the multi-purpose building, we proceeded forward with great excitement. God had been faithful to us, and now we needed to be faithful to Him. As Pastor McGensy had been considering the theme for 1999, it was placed on his heart that we, as a body of believers, need to focus our attention on “Filling the Master’s House” (Luke 14:23) through evangelism. As we were obedient to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, God added to this local assembly of believers.

Not only did the Master’s House need to be filled with people, but also with furnishings. In making cutbacks for the building, the reserve for furniture was eliminated.. Our trustees showed tremendous courage and faithfulness as they once again were forced to come before the congregation and present the need. The congregation came together on Saturday, July 17, 1999, at a banquet to give praise to God for the great things He had done, to get information regarding the needs of the church, and to receive encouragement through testimonies of God’s faithfulness to us. That evening proved to be a great success as people graciously pledged their support to “Furnish the Master’s House.” With these pledges we were able to purchase 400 comfortable chairs, a grand piano, sound system, and multi-media equipment.

After much anticipating and arduous labor, both paid and volunteer, Family Community Church was ready to open the doors of our new church building. On October 24, 1999, the congregation gathered in front of the church and with high praise and prayers of thanksgiving, we entered God’s House at Chestnut and Nees singing, “We’ve Come This Far By Faith.” Our church dedication service was held on November 7, 1999, with many of our sister churches from throughout the City of Fresno joining us to celebrate this special occasion. Rev. Chester Riggins brought the gospel message on our theme, “Unless the Lord Builds a House.” This was indeed a glorious day!

As a body of believers, we entered the new millennium with the theme for the year 2000 “Endeavoring to Live By Sound Doctrine,” (II Timothy 4:3a). We know that whenever the unadulterated Word is preached and God has been glorified, the enemy attacks. During that year, we experienced much internal strife and unrest. However, in the midst of our season of testing, we remained faithful and focused, and the Lord brought us through the storm even stronger than when we entered it.

As our church and community continued to grow with many young families, it was time to begin the second stage of our vision – a full-time daycare center. Two faithful members, Deborah Marius and Michael McDonald, were assigned the challenging task of starting a Christian daycare center from which numerous church members and the community-at-large have been able to benefit.

In the fall of the year, Rev. McGensy was led by the Holy Spirit to start planning for the next phase of our education program…a Christian school. NorthPointe Leadership Academy was selected as the school’s name and Dr. Deborah Johnson-Daniel was asked to head a planning team consisting of the pastor’s wife, Janetta McGensy, Dr. Rosylin Bessard, Dr. Sharron Herron, Gwendolyn Lockett, and Tina Hunt.

In May 2000, our church family witnessed its first Deacon Ordination Service with Marshall Kelley, Thomas Keys, Raymond Mitchell, Wesley Slade, Michael Smith, Ralph Toles, and Jack Wilkinson being ordained.  We ended the year 2000 with much joy and grace as we continued to witness the power of God working through us as a church body. Souls were being saved, lives were being changed, and many were growing in Christian maturity.

As we entered the year 2001, we were beginning to fill up all the seats on Sunday morning, which left no room to make visitors feel comfortable or to reach out and bring in more unsaved. Rev. McGensy was led to consider having two worship services. Even through there was some initial resistance, we witnessed the Holy Spirit bringing the congregation together which culminated in two morning worship services.

On February 4, 2000, Rev. McGensy announced an inspiration he received concerning “Big Event Day.” This day would be set aside to reach the unsaved and unchurched in our community. Maxine McDonald served as the Chairperson for this event, which consisted of twenty committees, and garnered the support of more than 80% of the church family. Big Event Day was held the Saturday before Easter with over 1,100 visitors taking part in workshops, games, activities, food, and entertainment on the grounds of Family Community Church. Many decisions for Christ were made, while others rededicated their lives to serving The Master. On April 15, 2000, (Easter Sunday) two worship services were held– both were filled to capacity.

Our congregation has grown to over 1,000 members, which is a challenge for one shepherd to lead. In August 2001, we were blessed to have Rev. Henry Latunde join the staff as the Executive Director of Ministries. Under Rev. Latunde’s direction, new ministries have been implemented, including a Visitor’s Ministry, headed by Steve Smith; Membership Ministry, headed by Irv Arnold, and the Prayer Cell Group Ministry, headed by Rev. Freddie Hayes, Pastor of Prayer. As the Lord added to the Family Community Church staff, we continued in prayer for God to meet our need for a Church Administrator/Business Manager. On January 25, 2002, Londele White joined the church staff. We praise God for sending these men to meet our needs for a season.

In January 2003, Family Community Church began airing daily Christian television spots to invite people to church, and more importantly, invite them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

However, it is important to realize “the church” is not simply a building. The Holy Spirit dwells in each individual and “the church” is the body of believers joined together in spirit and in love by the Holy Spirit. Just as it is important to develop traditions and customs in growing a family into a united, cohesive body, so it is with the church family. During those first years at Kastner, God had to shape a loose aggregate of believers drawn from many different backgrounds into a solid caring family ready to reach out into the surrounding community in love. Many activities, which have become traditions were begun to give us an opportunity to fellowship and grow together. Thanks to Pam Lee, Gloria (Jackson) Morris, and Betty Yilma, fifth Sunday became a time to fellowship after service over some light refreshments. This has continued as we celebrate various special events. Linda Simpson organized our Fourth of July picnic at Woodward Park. Over the years we have watched the trees grow to give more shade as we have grown.

Additional annual events were implemented while we were at Kastner. These include our New Year’s Eve service and feast, Women’s Prayer Breakfast, Vessels of Virtue Women’s Conference, and the Men’s Prayer Breakfast – all meant to draw us closer to Christ and bind us together in unity and in love.

To celebrate the children of Family Community Church, Dorothy Marius started the Christmas and Easter pageants and the annual recognition of graduates. Each year, high school graduates who have attended Sunday School regularly look forward to receiving their new study Bible. The youth department has sponsored such things as a Jesus and Music (JAM) concert at Woodward Park and several “lock-ins” to reach out to the lost youth around them.

Growing spiritually, and discipling new believers is as important as growing in numbers or in our physical structures. As we, the Body of Christ at Family Community Church continue to be faithful in our mission of leading the unsaved to Christ, bring Christians to maturity by preaching and teaching the uncompromised Word of God, and equipping every believer for ministry, God will prove Himself faithful to us. We, the members of Family Community Church give Him all the praise, honor, and glory…for He is a Great and Awesome God.

Evangelism

 
Mission statement:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
 
Our core goals:
  • Reaching the lost
  • Personal and corporate prayer and worship
  • Kingdom business
  • Willingness
  • Stimulating one another to love and good deeds
  • Be a person of moral excellence
  • To extend its services to street ministry, prison ministry and door-to-+door work for the kingdom
  • To help build up and add to the welfare of God’s family
 
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Rev. Felix G. Ruffin, Minister
 
 
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We are excited about what God is doing here in our local church. Each week souls are won for the kingdom of Jesus Christ. If you would like to partner with us in winning souls for the Kingdom, you may give online with a Debit Card, Visa, Mastercard, using our secure, online transaction form. We thank you for your generous gift to the ministry of Family Community Church. Please continue to pray with us for the Lord’s direction and guidance in all of our efforts so that He alone may be pleased with all we say and do.
 
May God bless you!
 
Tonisha Williams
Executive Director of Financial Stewardship
 
 
 
 
 

 

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This year’s VBS is all about discovering how the God of the universe wants a relationship with us. During VBS, kids will discover the truth that God created each one of them and had a plan from the beginning to restore the relationship He knew we would break through sin. Each day kids will encounter amazing and wonderful things designed by a Creator who is even bigger than the vastness of His creation as well as make crafts, play fun games, enjoy tasty snacks, sing cool songs, and learn about missions.