|July 18, 2014
New Beginnings is ongoing and some wonderful conversations are taking place. I was able to sit in on two meetings this week and really enjoyed listening to what you had to say.
I wanted to take a second to explain my part in this process. As the pastor, the most important thing I can be doing right now is listening carefully, and doing all I can to support the leaders who are guiding us through this process. The pastor of the church has the unique position of the pulpit, and that often means you hear more from me than anyone else. It is also important for the pastor to really listen to the people if he/she is to be an effective leader. Pastors are so used to talking it can be a challenge to really listen. If we are to decide on a future direction together, it is important for me to really listen to you through this process.
The inverse is also true—If it is important for me to listen, it is important for you to talk! If you haven’t gotten signed up for a group yet, please consider talking to a New Beginnings Leader about joining a group and a conversation. No matter who you are, your voice is vitally important to this conversation. Just in case you forgot, here is the list of leaders, I am sure they would love to hear from you!
The scripture this week will be Matthew 13:24-30. Seth will preach a sermon entitled "Bad Seeds."
OTHER NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
Where Has The Summer Gone?
Teachers return to school on August 6 and the children on August 13! In past years, members of Covenant have been most generous in donating items for the teacher’s back-to-school bags and providing school supplies for those children in need. As part of our outreach program, we are once again asking our members to help us carry on this tradition. A list of needed items may be found on the table in the Fireside Room. Please bring donated items for the red Sombra bucket to the church by August 3. Thank you for helping!
We are looking for anyone who would like to provide special music for the Sundays in summer. If you would like to sing or play something on a Sunday, please call Diane or Jeff Jolly at 865-6177.
Brown Bag Bible Study
The Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at noon. Bring your lunch. The Wednesday night open-to-all study is on hiatus until New Beginnings meetings end.
Sunday Christian Education Classes
The last 4 classes on Gnosticism, led by Seth Finch, will be July 20 – August 10. This is an intergenerational class so all are welcome.
I have recently started following the pastor’s blog of Thom Rainer, a former Southern Baptist pastor. Don’t worry, I haven’t lost it! Though I don’t agree with a lot of the theology of Southern Baptists, I do think Rainer has some very interesting thoughts on church. One recent post was about why church members don’t invite others to church. I like a lot of what he had to say (though I don’t agree with all of it, and don’t like some of the theological language). At the very least, I think it raises some interesting questions for us in the midst of this New Beginnings Process: “Why aren’t you inviting people to church?” I could identify with some of the numbers on his list (#’s 1,2 and 8). And let this do away with number 7 right now—I am challenging you to invite someone to church right here! Take a look at Thom Rainer’s thoughts and let me know what you think…
Why Church Members Don't Invite Others to Church
Grace and Peace,