How often do we see or hear those words and cringe over what’s coming next? Another shooting. A bad accident. Disastrous weather. Usually what’s breaking is bad news.
Well, that is NOT the case here. I just wanted to get your attention for a moment to tell you about something very important, namely our annual congregational planning retreat. Each year we meet to plan our ministry activities in the next weeks and months. We set goals, add action steps, and through it all rejoice in the Good News of Jesus which holds it all together.
We have done this on a Saturday in January in the past. A new year means new beginnings, time to get together to seek God’s will so that the ministry year might be intentional and effective.
But this year we are planning to meet Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 to 2:00.
So why the change? One big question would come each year as we planned: what will this cost? A large part of the planning process is assessing whether we have the time, people, money and other resources available to accomplish what we really want to do, guided by God’s Spirit. Fall is the time we put together our yearly work-plan/budget. So, fall is the time to plan the ministry activities we seek to prioritize in the coming year.
Who: Church Council, all elected Board members, and anyone interested in seeking God’s will for us here at FLC in 2020 and beyond.
What: Annual Congregational planning Retreat.
Where: FLC Fellowship Hall.
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Why: “Equipping God’s people for a ministry of discipleship through Christ.”
Of course, when is life not full? Well, an empty schedule can come with age and the things that go with it, like arthritis and other chronic conditions slowing us down, but even then trips to the doctor seem to keep a schedule full. But life at any age or stage can also be empty if all of our activity is done apart from God. At the pinnacle of popularity during His earthly ministry Jesus said to His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).
Is your life full? I sure hope so ... full of God’s grace and peace, that is. Having that, all else fits in its proper place.
Living in His grace, +Pastor Charlie Adams
Following Jesus is always an adventure in faith. He leads us to the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are blessed with forgiveness, peace, and new life. Celebrate those blessings in weekly worship, and help us sing His praise, thanking Him for His many gifts.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)
Do you know someone who would like to know more about Jesus? ... the church? ...
What are Lutherans all about? How does Jesus influences our lives today? Invite them to join you in worship, and let them know I would be glad to talk with them, and if desired teach them the basics of the faith at a time convenient to them. Just give me call at 785-893-4387 any time.
Blessings to all! +Pastor Charlie Adams