Hello Brothers & Sisters,
It’s been an inspiring month at Grantham Church! Osheta Moore was with us this past Sunday. Osheta shared a practical message called, We Will Tell Better Stories, message 3 of 4 in our Peacemakers series. I’m so glad that we were able to meet at our regular times and benefit from Osheta’s ministry.
Thankfully, the winter weather wasn’t as bad as they had predicted. We were anticipating the worst, so I took the opportunity on Saturday morning to sit down with Osheta and have a 50-minute conversation about being peacemakers via social media, email, text, etc. If you missed the Learning Community or the Worship Service, we cover all of her content AND MORE in our podcasted conversation. You can listen to my interview with Osheta at our website or through the Grantham Church Podcast on iTunes.
This coming weekend is Peace Sunday and it will be the conclusion of our Peacemakers series. As you know by now, Shane Claiborne will be our special guest speaker. Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living as if Jesus meant the things he said. Shane will challenge and inspire us with his stories of how peace-making changes the world around us. You’re not going to want to miss this!
Shane will be sharing his personal story (“From Evangelical Fundamentalist to Neo-Anabaptist Activist”) in the combined Learning Community at 9:00 am. Because we’re expecting a slightly larger crowd, the Learning Community will be held in the fellowship hall. Shane will be preaching in the Worship Service at 10:30 am, a message entitled, Blessed are the Peacemakers: Reimagining the Church as Ministers of Reconciliation. Immediately following the service, you’re invited to join us for lunch and Q&A with Shane in the fellowship hall.
Don’t forget that we will be receiving our annual Peace Sunday Offering following Shane’s message in the service. This year the offering is being split between three projects: (1) the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University; (2) Peace Clubs in Zambia; (3) and a Peacemakers Workshop with Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, which will be held here at Grantham Church on Saturday, April 27. You will hear more about the workshop this Sunday. You will also receive a bulletin insert with a brief summary of each of these projects.
Our Peace Sunday Offering goal this year is $3,000. I’m confident that we can reach that goal and help further peace-making locally and around the world. Thank you for prayerfully considering what God would have you to give to this special offering. Peace Sunday envelopes will be in the pews and ready for you to use when you come to worship, if you’d like to give that way.
Finally, two weeks ago I shared that we have been working on a new bulletin design and would be unveiling that on Sunday, February 3. After listening to what our church values in a bulletin, and after considering past iterations of the bulletin, the pastoral staff has worked with Lisa Mays, our Communications Director, in putting together a bulletin that we feel is warm, inviting, and easy to read. Lisa, who has expertise in designing church bulletins and brochures, has helped us to create a clean and simple look that will be attractive to visitors, and helpful for our intergenerational congregation. I’m really excited about this new design, and I believe that you will be happy with it as well. Next week I’ll share about the biggest change we’re making with the bulletin and what you can expect to see on Feb 3.
Grace & Peace,
P.S. Our church family is working to provide assistance to those impacted by the federal government shutdown. If you wish to help with these efforts, please consider making a donation to the Deacon Fund via the offering on Sunday or by giving online. Please continue to pray for those impacted. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. Thank you for your support!
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