What does it mean to be the people of God right now?
Be the Church.When Jesus leaves his followers and sends the Spirit, he calls them to witness to God's kingdom, to become a Good News people.
Together, this fledgling group of ordinary people prayed and sought to discern how to move forward. And when Pentecost arrives, they're carried by the wind of God's Spirit to proclaim God's coming kingdom and live out the good news that Jesus had taught them.
What about us, right now?We want to be another chapter in the story of God's people, to be a people transformed by the Spirit of God, who live in response to Jesus' call on our lives and our community.
That is why we want to Be the Church.
We don't want to just love God. We want to love our neighbors, too.
We don't want to just grow in Christ. We want to serve the world around us, too.
We don't want to just encounter Jesus and then remain hidden in the safety of our homes. Like Jesus' early followers, we want to move outward into the world, following the living, breathing Spirit... to Be the Church.
Join us this Fall as we seek to uncover new ways of being the Church together.
Be The Church10-week Sermon Series beginning September 20th
Join us as we dive into the story of Scripture, noticing how God and God's people interacted, from Genesis to the New Testament Church.
Want to go deeper? Every other week, Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers and Dr. Christian Collins Winn will be releasing a podcast, alternating themes from the sermon series and books for upcoming Faith and Justice gatherings. Click here to go to the podcast page.
The Blessing InitiativeApplications Open on September 13th
We're ready and raring to launch the Blessing Initiative, where we'll invest the remaining $800,000 into your dreams of doing good for Christ's sake. The time is now: dream big, find your team, champion your cause, and prepare to submit your application!
For more information on the Blessing Initiative, click here.
Mission of the MonthMonthly Mission Partner Highlight beginning in September
Doing good for Christ's sake isn't just our history, it's also our north star for the coming season. Join us this Fall as we refocus on our missions partners, highlighting their ministry, inviting you to be financially generous toward them as you're able, and offering tangible ways for you to serve alongside them. Click here to go to our Mission page for more information.
Questions? Reach out to Paul Bertelson, Mission Director.