Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that will soon be taking place in our congregation. Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-Centered care to people who are hurting. The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers. Joins us on October 14th at 9:45am in the Fellowship Hall for A Taste of Stephen Ministry. Come learn about the benefits, structure, and opportunity available through a Stephen Ministry Program.
A Conversation about The Commission on the Way Forward
The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.
You are invited to a church wide conversation on this important subject on Sunday, October 14th at 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Amy Coles, Assistant to the Bishop of Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, will join us to lead our learning and conversation on The Way Forward. Commission on a Way Forward worked diligently and prayerfully in 2017-2018 and sent their completed work to the Council of Bishops in early 2018. The reports have been translated and are available in preparation for a special session of the General Conference to be held in February 2019. You are invited to come hear where we have been as a denomination in regards to human sexuality and where we are headed as we prepare for the special session. The goal of this conversation is to cultivate fertile ground for continuing the conversation with each other, so we can hear God’s voice and listen to one another. You are encouraged to come with an open mind and heart to listen and learn. To learn more about the work of this Commission prior to our Conversation on October 14, please visit www.umc.org/wayforward. Refreshments will be m provided and we expect to wrap up our session by 4:30.
A little girl named Ivey changed my life. I met her in Kindergarten; she was 5, I was 30. I had volunteered to be a mentor through Communities in School in my county and was assigned to be Ivey’s tutor. I remember meeting this precious girl with wispy blond curls and a sweet, shy face. The first year we spent together she didn’t talk much, in fact many days when I arrived I was told she was out sick again. By the end of Kindergarten, I came to understand that constant ear infections and poor health care meant she had trouble hearing and thus trouble reading. We hung in there together and by the end of the year she managed some small smiles when I came to see her.
The regularly scheduled Tuesday Bible Study will suspend June-August. In lieu of the weekly study a Summer Book Club has been formed.
The children’s ministry team has decided to bring all of the children together this summer and hold Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall. Our theme is Fruits of the Spirit.