We are entering the 5th week of our Lenten Journey together and this week we'll be talking about what it means to cultivate new life as a faith community. As your pastor, I have been proud and delighted to see the amount of new life blossoming in our tiny church. Two weeks ago we baptized Alan Axelrod, and joyfully welcomed him into Christian community. On Easter Sunday we will be welcoming SIX new members into our church. I have also been recently contacted by two budding ministers who hope to walk with us through their ordination process - one through the UCC and one through the Alliance of Baptists.
In a time when so many churches are shrinking and filled with fear about what the future may bring, Christ Congregation is busy building beloved community... and people are taking notice! They want to be part of the new thing God is doing here, and I can't blame them. Each week I leave our worship uplifted and excited to see where the Spirit is leading us. It will take some time for God's vision for us to fully take shape -- and we will spend much of the next six months listening for that together -- but I think it's telling that people can already feel a shift in our energy.
I'm so honored to be part of this beautiful and vital congregation, and soon I have a feeling people are going to come to know us as that church that creates a little bit more Heaven here on Earth. What a joy!
11:30 a.m. - Second Hour Adult Forum with Dr. Charles McCollough
Saturday, April 22nd, Christ Congregation Book Club will be held. Light refreshments will be served as we discuss J.D. Vance's bestselling book "Hillbilly Elegy". Please RSVP to Carol McCollough at email@example.com
Our Outreach Ministry Offering
For the month of April is America For Christ. The theme for the America for Christ offering 2017 - "Cultivating Leaders, Equipping Disciples, Healing Communities".