Hello Brothers & Sisters,
The new year is off to a great start! I’m encouraged by what I’m already seeing in the life of our congregation.
I hope that you’re benefiting from our Inherent Worth series. If you missed the first two messages, you can listen to God’s Plan for Social Justice (1 of 4) and The Imago Dei in Everyone (2 of 4) at our website or on our podcast via iTunes. In the latest installment, I shared a foundational message for the series on what it means that men and women are created in God’s image. I gave special attention to women being created as man’s equal and counterpart, according to a responsible reading of the Genesis account. I think you will find that helpful for the next two messages in this series.
If you’ve not read our denomination’s statement on women in leadership, you can read that at the BIC US website. You can also read the Q&A with Alan Robinson in response to some feedback on the statement. In addition, you can read an issue of the BIC History & Life journal dedicated to women in ministry.
So far, we have looked at the evils of human trafficking and misogyny. This coming Sunday we will be addressing the problem of domestic violence. Eric Seibert, a professor at Messiah College and a member of Grantham Church, will be speaking in the worship service on the topic. Remember that we will have a combined Learning Community at 9:00 a.m. in C8-12 with Elisa Seibert and Roger Sider leading the class. Please join us as we talk about an issue that we’re deeply concerned about at Grantham. As usual, there will be a time of discussion following the presentation of the speakers.
Also, I wanted to let you know that we will soon be releasing a Spring 2018 Ministries brochure containing information about our Lent to Easter series, topics for Learning Communities, and other pertinent details regarding ministry opportunities. This will include information about a fresh launch of our small groups ministry.
Over the coming weeks, we will be forming and reforming our sermon-based small groups for the spring semester. Small groups are our primary “personal space” vehicle for building community and making disciples at Grantham Church. I see this opportunity as a central part of our life together. It means so much to us that all of our pastoral staff are plugged in to a small group. If you’re not a part of one already, I want to encourage you to try one out this spring. If you have questions or you’re interested in joining a group, please email Ron Burwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office at email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. Until then, let us continue to pursue Christ, the visible image of the invisible God.
Grace & Peace,
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