Work on our 2019-2020 unit yearbook will be in full swing this month. There are still a few openings for study hostesses and for sunshine visitors. If you are willing to help with these tasks, please contact Cleone Pritchard immediately.
By Pastor Andy
Food trucks. A bounce house. Ministry showcase. Worship. Fun. Rally Day is coming Sunday, September 8. And there’s a lot to rally around.
We will be launching two new initiatives beginning in September:
1. Small Groups:
We’ve launched some small groups in the past for short periods of time studying a specific topic. This Fall we’ll be launching affinity groups, groups that share a hobby, interest, or season of life and come together for mutual support, growth, and prayer. Small groups are not Bible Studies but will spend some time in God’s Word.
Primarily, small groups are about changing lives. We will grow together in love for one another and for God. On Rally Day you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a small group. The group might start off with a plan to meet for 8 sessions, but then decide to continue indefinitely.
Over time I see small groups being a main thread that unites CLC into a common fabric. We all seek community and relationship. We need a good way to welcome new members and quickly integrate people into our life together. We need a good way to bring long-time members together and help us all to grow. Small groups are essential to our thriving in God’s mission
2. Wednesday evening dinner, worship and faith formation experiment:
Another new initiative will be kicking off dinner church on Wednesday evenings. It’s long been a goal here at CLC to offer a non-Sunday worship alternative, so starting in September, we’ll try Wednesday evenings. We’ll gather around 5:00 or 5:30, have dinner and worship together (at the same time in the lower level), and then continue learning together through a project, service idea, or other creative way of helping us all grow in love and knowledge of God.
Every Wednesday we’ll finish this gathering by 7:00 PM to leave time for music groups to rehearse and to allow everyone to get home for bedtimes. Children’s music groups will continue to meet prior to 5:30. Confirmation students will meet from 6:15 – 7:00 PM every evening and will also worship and eat together during dinner church.
Why are we doing this? Our mission as a church is to make disciples for Jesus – to teach people God’s way of faith and love. For many, Sunday mornings no longer fit as a good time to do that. We think Wednesday evenings will work well, but are embarking on this experiment to test that idea. Many say, “Wednesday is the new Sunday.” Time will tell. We’re not looking to recreate what we do on Sunday mornings, but to offer an alternative way of worshiping and learning together for the sake of growth.
In short, I look forward to seeing you on Rally Sunday when we launch another exciting year of ministry together. Until then, smell the roses, count the butterflies, journey safely, take in the sunsets, and live in peace.
Small groups have been a growing part of ministry at CLC in the past few years. We are working on a program to offer several opportunities throughout the year for small group study. More info to come this fall!
Scripture Study, Sunday evenings
Run With The Horses by Eugene Peterson