Your Session would like to continue sharing with you some of the work that the congregation is continuing to do in support of our three foci for our vision: "Breaking Bread," "Sitting at the Feet of Jesus," and ·Walking a Mile." These ideas are interconnected. and some of our activities overlap into more than one area.
Breaking Bread: We are continuing to work with all the groups who participate in leading Sunday worship services to re-order Sunday morning activities. We will be working with those leading the choir, children's choir and puppet ministries, Sunday school, adult education, and coffee/fellowship hour with the goal of having a time in which all members of the congregation have a chance to engage in fellowship after Sunday morning services.
Sitting at the Feet of Jesus: Following the success of the midweek Lenten series of dinner, fellowship, and Bible study. we are planning a "July Intergenerational Series" which will take place on each of the five Wednesdays of July. This series will also include dinner, fellowship, and Bible study, with Vacation Bible Study themed lessons for the children. Adults will study the same Bible passages as the children from an adult perspective, so that families with children can engage in conversations together about the Bible afterward. Of course, we encourage everyone with or without children to attend!
Walk a Mile: The Ministry Groups and Deacons of the church continue to do amazing work on behalf of our local community and the world. The Mission Ministry group has planned its Mission Celebration for Sunday, May 31 to highlight some of the work this congregation is doing around the world, in partnership with groups like Living Waters and International Students, Inc. Please attend to find out how you can be involved in the mission work of our church!
We are excited to see how God is working in our church as we prepare for a new pastor. Please continue to pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee and for all of our congregation during this transition. Finally, please remember that the members of Session are happy to talk with you at any time if you have any questions or concerns.
God Bless, Todd CadwalJaderOlsker, on behalf of the Session
MESSAGE 1 Greetings from your Session! It is a joy to worship and serve the Lord with you. We want to continue our conversation about our church's mission and vision. Our mission clearly states "As a people committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit we nurture and equip each other to be disciples, who perceive and carry out God's call to our mission: to share the Gospel and address community and world needs to the glory of God." This is our purpose,why our church is here. Our vision is the impact we intend to make. We want to see our church grow and deepen, and we want to see our church's impact on the surrounding community grow. How will we do this? We decided to focus on three areas: Breaking Break, Sitting at the Feet of Jesus, and Walk a Mile.
Breaking Bread As in the first Christian community described in Acts 2, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer. . . ." We want to deepen fellowship. Changing the service time is meant to contribute to having a Sunday morning which is more conducive to deepening fellowship and providing space for visitors to really get to know people at the church.
Sitting at the Feet of Jesus We all want to be nurtured and equipped to be disciples. During Lent, we combined fellowship, yummy meals prepared by our ministry groups, and insightful Bible study and table group discussions led by Pastor Gary. Meawhile, the children were thoughtfully and effectively taught the same lesson and given three application challenges for each week, including a Bible memory verse. It was a great success. Now the education committee is planning an intergenerational summer series in July to further nurture and equip us. Watch for more details and plan on coming!
Walk a Mile We want to "perceive and carry out God's call to our mission: to share the Gospel and address community and world needs to the glory of God." Many of our ministry groups serve community and/or world needs. We want to reach out even more to our surrounding community. On April 18, a group of us will be working on a Habitat for Humanity house. Want to join us then or on the next build? Are you interested in holding more classes like the job skills class that meet real needs of our congregation and community (financial planning, parenting seminars, caregivers classes)?
God is at work in our church and in each one of us. Please continue to pray for God's guidance and wisdom for our congregation, Session, and for our Pastor Nominating Committee as we go through this exciting time of change and transition. Let's keep the conversation going. Talk to one of the elders at church or call, text or email us.
God bless you, Harriet Archibald-Woodwad and Tanya Eveleth, elders, on behalf of the Session