Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope you all had a great summer. It’s time for our fall kickoff at Grantham Church!
- Wednesday, September 5 - start of fall ministries
- Eat & Run – 5:00-6:15 pm;
- Builders Clubs (children) & Day by Day (youth) from 6:15-7:30 pm
- Sunday, September 9 - start of fall sermon series - Streams
- Fall Learning Communities at 9:00 am
- Monthly Taize service at 7:30 pm in sanctuary – every 2nd Sunday
You can now access our Fall 2018 Ministries brochure online at our website for more detailed information.
This Sunday is the start of our fall sermon series, Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ. You may remember that we did our Roots series in the spring of 2017. In that series, we looked at our ten core values. In our Streams series, we will look at the theological traditions that have shaped who we are today.
Here is a summary of where we’re going in the next six weeks:
The Brethren in Christ (BIC) has a rich blend of theological traditions that make us who we are today. Specifically, our beliefs and practices are shaped by four streams within the wider Christian community: Anabaptism, Pietism, Wesleyanism, and more recently, Evangelicalism. And as Luke Keefer Jr., a BIC historian and theologian, once wrote: when we blend multiple traditions, each are impacted by the other. So, like a mixed fruit drink, we must harmonize these streams to create a unique ecclesial flavor. Streams is a series that surveys the theological heritage of the Brethren in Christ and calls us to embody certain beliefs and practices that can guide us in the way of Jesus—empowering us to be the difference the world needs to see in the church today.
I hope you will join us September 9 – October 14 as we look at how we can adopt a vibrant faith that reflects the heart of Jesus and the beauty of his gospel, for such a time as this.
Please consider how God is calling you to engage at Grantham Church this fall. Are you working all of the spaces in the church? Remember, being an integral part of the church means that we’re not only attending worship in a public space, but that we’re also working the intimate, personal, and social spaces as well. It may be that God wants you to commit this fall to growing through a learning community, a bible study, or a small group.
Our small groups are our primary vehicle for discipleship and building community at Grantham. I encourage you to go deeper with the content of the sermons as you share life with other disciples. Contact Pastor Kelly if you’re not a part of a sermon-based small group, but you would like to be. New groups are forming now!
Is God calling you to serve in some way? We need volunteers in our children’s ministry. Interested in being a greeter, an usher, or serving at Eat & Run? There are all sorts of ways that you can serve the church, and help us meet people’s physical and spiritual needs, as we continue growing as a congregation. What is the Spirit nudging you to do? Where is the Lord calling you to give your time, money, and energy this fall? How is he wanting you to deepen your commitment to serving him through Grantham? Think about it, pray about it, and cheerfully commit so you can reap the reward.
Finally, I want to invite you to take a fall brochure and pray over the ministries of Grantham Church. Would you be intentional in doing that over the next few weeks? I believe God wants to do some exciting things this fall. May we faithfully go to him in prayer and continue believing that God can do infinitely more than we could ever ask for or imagine, for the glory of Christ and his Kingdom.
I’m proud to be your pastor, Grantham Church. Let’s press on in fall 2018!
Grace & Peace,
P.S. There will be a Young Adult Picnic immediately following the service this Sunday. Last year we had well over a hundred college students present! And we’re expecting another large crowd of students. Pastor Matt tells me that college students and young adults are all welcome to attend. If you work with college students and young adults, or you’re interested in doing that in the future, you’re also invited to attend the picnic. Come, and let’s love on our young people and bless them at the start a new season!
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