Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love most everything about it. I especially enjoy the cooler temperatures and seeing the leaves change colors on the trees. I’m also a fan of the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. And in a couple of weeks, my family will make a trip to the pumpkin patch!
I also enjoy this time of year in the life of the church. Our fall ministries are going strong, we’re now in the middle of our fall sermon series, and we’re gearing up for our annual Harvest Happening event on Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m.
This year we’re going to move our festivities around to the open lawn that faces the college. We will have live bluegrass music, food, cider, and games and activities for all ages. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket for this fun time of fellowship. And I want to encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to join us for a memorable time together.
We will break away from our Brick by Brick series and have a guest speaker in worship that morning. Bruce Webb, a personal friend and mentor, will be doing a workshop with our staff and board on Saturday, and then give the message in our service the next day.
As I said last Sunday, Bruce was largely responsible for encouraging me to return to vocational ministry several years ago. He pastors a large church in Texas and is delighted to be with us next weekend.
If you missed last Sunday’s sermon, you can now listen to The Purpose of Public Space (3 of 6) and access the worship resources at our website. You can also subscribe to the podcast oniTunes and watch the sermons on Vimeo.
In the last message, I gave a brief overview of all the “spaces” that exist in the church, and I encouraged us to consider the benefits of public space ministry, as well as the limits of our public worship service. Understanding the differences in these spaces will help us to be clear about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. It can help us today and guide us into the future.
This Sunday I will be preaching a message entitled, The Discipling-Power of Personal Space(4 of 6). I will invite us to see how Jesus called people deeper into the personal space, and talk about what personal space opportunities are available at our church.
I will specifically address how important our sermon-based small groups are to the disciple-making process, and why I think it should become our primary vehicle for discipleship at Grantham Church. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we continue to learn about how Christ builds his church.
Finally, please don’t forget that this Sunday we will have a special Congregational Council, prior to our annual meeting on Sunday, December 3, to consider a few modifications and enhancements to our Governance Plan.
Details of the proposed changes are available at the back of the sanctuary, and have recently been sent to you via email. I hope you will join us for a brief time of singing and this important discussion in the life of the church.
Until we’re all together again, may we all continue to see our roots grow deeper into Christ and in the fellowship, that is Grantham Church.
Grace & Peace,
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