(Ephesians 3:17-18 LB) I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your heart, living within you as you trust Him. May your roots go deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love, and may you be able to feel and understand…how long, wide, deep, and high His love really is, and experience this love for yourselves.
Bishop Schaefer nominated our congregation to participate in the DreamLeaders Initiative that was launched in the Florida-Bahamas Synod last fall. It is designed to complement and enhance our ministry efforts, so please take a moment to learn more at www.BeDreamLeaders.com. Thanks to a second grant from the Synod’s Together in Mission Campaign, all costs will again be covered except for the meals Friday night and Saturday which can be as simple or as elaborate as we choose. If our congregation feels blessed by the weekend and would like to extend the blessing to another congregation by making a “pay it forward” donation, we are certainly welcome to do so. There are truly no strings attached. Pastor Jeff Linman will be spending the weekend, February 17-19, 2017 with our congregation. He will also be preaching during both Worship Services. Here is a quick overview of the DreamLeaders Initiative weekend to aid in our planning:
Friday: Dinner with our church council, ministry team leaders, staff, and other members in the congregation who would like to dream a bit together about our congregation’s future. The more the better. This will be a relaxed and informal time to get acquainted and build some trust, anticipation, and momentum for Saturday. We are having a potluck.
Saturday: 5 hour workshop, 9am -2pm, with a lunch around noon. We want our church council, ministry team leaders, staff, and other members in the congregation who would like to dream a bit together about our congregation’s future. The more the better.
Sunday: Pastor Linman plans to preach during both Worship Services and lead an Adult Forum at 10:15 a.m. During the forum, his presentation will be based on Ephesians 3:20 and how its witness has been confirmed through what God has done at Spirit of Joy. According to Pastor Linman, we are not perfect by a long shot but we are a good witness for those who have doubts about the future of the church.