Last Sunday it was announced that our congregation is starting a church-wide emphasis on five practices of Fruitful Congregations. These five practices include: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Giving.
On Sunday, January 4th, the devotional books for this emphasis will be available in the foyer of the Sanctuary (next to the coffee nook). Each family has a book with their name on it. Please be sure and drop by and pick up your family’s book on the 4th. Remember, Day one (the day to start the devotionals) is Sunday, January 11th. Sunday, the 18th will be the first of five Sundays where each of the five practices will be emphasized.
We want to encourage each family to fully participate in this program. The members of every household are encouraged to read these devotions, Scriptures, prayers, and challenges together during the five weeks. Each week, we’ll read together about the practice that we’ll focus on in the upcoming Sunday worship.
We also want to encourage each member to become involved in as many ways as possible. As you read the devotionals, listen to God’s calling on how you can become more involved in the practice of developing fruitfulness. We encourage you to share with others, and especially the five practices teams, whatever it is God is telling you during your devotional times about these five practices. The five practices team leaders and their phone number are: Radical Hospitality – Jim Gwaltney (582-8226); Passionate Worship – Cathy Williams (694-3969); Intentional Faith Development – Sandra Gage (582-8118); Risk-taking Mission and Service – Becky Cliett (582-9808); and Extravagant Giving – Tony Marley (582-3509). Give them a call and share with the teams what God is calling you and us to do as a fruitful congregation. Better yet, join one of the teams and become fully engaged and involved in our congregation developing fruitfulness.
So, get ready; be prepared. Developing and then practicing fruitfulness is going to be an exciting process and time for our church, and community.
Don’t forget to pick up your devotional books on Sunday, the 4th of January. And remember, DAY 1 is January, 18th, 2009 – just 26 days away and counting…
God’s grace and peace be upon you and your household.