Today's Worship Service was devoted to group discussion about the future of our congregation. Where do we see ourselves going? What can we do better?
To set the tone for open dialogue, we studied and discussed the following scripture:
Doctrine & Covenants 163:2b and 3b
"Generously share the invitation, ministries, and sacraments through which people can encounter the Living Christ who heals and reconciles through redemptive relationships in sacred community. The restoring of persons to healthy or righteous relationships with God, others, themselves, and the earth is at the heart of the purpose of your journey as a people of faith.
Above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ's vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace."
Katy presented a beautiful multi-piece art installation that will hang in our foyer to remind us of our 2020 theme:
Clarity of Vision . . . Seeing the Way Forward
The entire congregation participated in a frank discussion of how we can improve our congregation and serve more people. We'll include a summary of that conversation at a later date.
Carla encouraged all to participate daily in some kind of spiritual practice. As we engage in spiritual practice, our minds become calmer, we see more clearly, and we can heal from emotional and spiritual wounds. If you're interested in participating in a 30-day Spiritual Practice Challenge, please contact Brittany. You can find a wide variety of spiritual practices, including instructions, on the World Church Website.
Brittany spoke about the importance of growing as a congregation by working together to ease the burden of the pastor. When we all take on responsibilities, our congregation will become more self sufficient. Our long-term goal is to elect a volunteer pastor from among the congregation--one who has first hand experience with the unique background of many of our members and visitors. In order to do that, we need to pitch in and relieve our pastor of responsibilities that are not specifically under her stewardship. If you are willing to take on some of the duties or bring additional ministries to the congregation, please speak up! We can use teachers, planners, and activity coordinators. You are needed!
If you weren't able to attend and have questions or suggestions, please feel free to message a leader or use the contact form to provide your input.