What's the Next Step of your Faith Journey?
August 26, 2018
Fall is a time of new beginnings. Kids are starting a new grade in school. Maybe even trying out a new sport or instrument. Soon we'll be seeing new colors on the trees and temperatures on the forecast. What is something new you will start this fall? Why not try a class or group to grow closer to Christ and to others? Maybe you've never joined a class or group and aren't sure you have the time to commit to one. This fall, we have options as brief as just one evening and as long as two years, with everything in between. I urge you to prayerfully consider how you might take advantage of one of these opportunities to grow in your faith this fall:
Move deeper into the Bible – I will be teaching an in-depth bible study called Crossways beginning on Monday, September 17. Crossways is a two year, 60-session deep dive into God’s Word that will guide you “cover-to-cover” through the scriptures. Each class utilizes helpful visual representations of the stories and themes in God’s Word. These images and symbols help participants remember and build connections with the stories of our faith. We will meet from 7-8:30 pm and the class requires bible reading and workbook study between gatherings.
Uncover God’s Call in Your Life – Shelli Foresman will be teaching The Journey beginning on Tuesday, September 18. The Journey runs from September to May, and invites you to process three critical questions –
o Who is God?
o Who am I?
o What is God calling me to do?
Reading and reflecting outside of class will foster powerful conversation during class gatherings that will guide you to a deeper practice of a vibrant faith life.
Connect with Others – Perhaps a short-term opportunity to reflect on the Psalms with a few others feels right at this time. We’re excited to be offering several 6-week gatherings during which you’ll gather with about a dozen folks to dig into one of the beautiful books of the bible, and simply share life with others!
o Karl Freburg will be hosting on Mondays at Pure Eatery
o Kathy Lubs will be hosting on Wednesdays at Christ the Savior
o Mark & Linda Smith will be hosting on Thursdays in their home
Pick the time and setting that works best for you, and enjoy the relationships and conversation. Gatherings are scheduled for October and November, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.
Learn How to Provide Care for Others – Born of our Healer’s Touch area of the Unfolding Story, Christ the Savior is becoming a Stephen Ministry congregation. Stephen Ministry creates one-to-one relationships for distinctively Christian Care between a Stephen Minister and someone who is facing a challenging time. If you have the gift of caregiving and a heart for those in difficult seasons of life, consider applying for Stephen Ministry Training. This intense training will equip you to serve in meaningful and powerful ways. The training consists of approximately 25 sessions, and includes valuable resources. Join Stephen Ministry Leaders Sue Henry and Diane Rahke for a journey deeper into serving others.
Explore the Community - Meet outside the main entrance of the church building. Then, carpool to a physical location somewhere in the community to listen to the word of God, discuss it, and learn how to apply it to our lives. Destination Unknown is a new way to grow closer to God through growing closer with each other out in the community we call home. Pastor Todd will lead this one-night event that is open to all ages.
Of course, there are many other class and study opportunities to consider, including:
Monday Morning Women’s Bible Studies (two options) – Ashley Valentine-Derrer will teach on “Spiritual Disciplines” and Nancy Hebel will lead through Max Lucado’s book “Grace: More than we Deserve - Greater than we Imagine”.
Tuesday Evening Women’s Bible Study – Marlene Kallstrand will lead “Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize when God Speaks”
Friendship Bible Class – meets on Tuesday evenings and is designed for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants and companions welcomed!
Lastly – consider who you’d like to invite to attend with you. Perhaps a friend, neighbor or family member might enjoy walking deeper into discipleship alongside you. You do not need to be members of Christ the Savior … in fact, an invitation to one of these gatherings might provide an excellent entry point for someone to get to know our congregation better (and can be less intimidating for some than coming to worship).
So … what’s your next step? And, who will you invite to join you?