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Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development

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Spiritual Formation Classes/Programs

  • Church-Wide Fall Study

    Where’s Your Chair?  Hearing the Word. Doing the Word.

    September 21 - October 26, 2014

    An Introduction by Pastor Kenita Harris

    It was the same every day; Mom would get up at 5 AM. The door was closed and you could hear the clicking of the switch on the lamp. The light was on! The light from the lamp would shine into the dark hallway. I stood at the door of that room and wondered: “What is Mom doing in there?” And there she was reading and studying God’s Word. I knew that Mom was not to be disturbed because it was that sacred time she spent listening to God through the Word.  I have grown from that curious little girl standing at that door to a woman of faith. I find myself entering a dark room, hearing the clicking of the switch on the lamp.  The light comes on!  And I sit and open The GOOD BOOK that I too might hear God through the Word.

    The American Bible Society reports that in this past week:

    • 19% of those who attend church engaged God through His Word four or more times.

    • 40% did once or twice.

    • 41% never did.

    If Christian churches are full, but most people simply are not making time to find their “chair,” when are we creating space in our life to hear a Word from the LORD?  God is calling for us to be “hearers and doers of the Word” (James 1:22).

    In this church-wide study we want to help everyone find their “chair,” a place to hear God through the Word.  To that end we are asking each of you to make the following commitments:

    • Pray for this church-wide study and its impact in our lives.

    • Commit to attend the Sunday services.

    • Commit to joining a group or forming a group to connect with others through God’s Word.

    • Invite a friend who is not engaged with God or His Word. 

    We are excited to offer this opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation as we all worship and study together. Questions? Contact Rev. Kenita Harris (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 796.3359) or Cody Raak (796.3364 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

    Study guides for this sermon / DVD study will be available at the Ministry Highlight kiosk in the Mixing Area beginning Sunday, August 24. Pickup a copy and have it with you when the study kicks-off on Sunday, September 21!  DVD lessons are available by contacting Cody Raak (796.3364 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). And, as always, the bulletin’s Journeying Together section will continue to be another user-friendly way to participate in the worship series.

    * Note: If you form a group, we would love to know who you are connecting with for this study! Please have one person from your group compile a list indicating the name of each person in your small group. Send that information to the Spiritual Formation & Leadership Development team by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Thanks!