Wednesday Night Alive Survey. Please take five minutes to complete a brief survey to help us improve our Wednesday night programs. Even if you've never come, we'd love to hear why you don't come. Everyone is encouraged to complete the survey! Click here to take the survey. Thanks for your help!
Sticky Faith: Lunch & Learn. Join a noon lunch discussion about building lasting faith for your kids. We will meet on the following Tuesdays: July 29, August 5, and August 12. You are encouraged to bring your lunch and join Helen, Trinity and Shannon in the Small Conference Room. We will be using the book Stick Faith: Everyday Ideas to Building Lasting Faith in Your Kids, which you can purchase from amazon.com. You do not, however, have to read the book to attend.
Nominations Open! The Officers Nominating Committee is asking for nominations from the congregation for candidates for the next class of deacons and elders. Nomination forms are available at the entrances to the sanctuary and in the church office. Please prayerfully consider who would be a good fit as an officer, pick up a form and nominate them! Completed forms can be placed in the offering plate, dropped in the church office, or given to David Van Leuven.
Annual Officers Retreat. The planning retreat for deacons and elders is Friday/Saturday, August 15/16. We will begin with evening prayers and dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Saturday morning will begin at 9 a.m. wiht breakfast and morning prayers. Please let Cheri Harkema know whether or not you plan to attend so we can properly plan the amount of food and materials.
Iron-Manna on Meridian. Faith member Rob McNeely is participating in an Ironman competition to benefit Manna on Meridian. The event includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. The total distance is 140.6 miles and takes place on August 17, 2014. The fundraiser, which ends Aug. 20, is designed to raise $3,500 to fund Manna on Meridian for one month. The link allows donations to be made online, securely, and takes less than 60 seconds. They can also accept checks, with "Iron-Manna on Meridian" in the memo line. The link includes suggested donation levels ranging from 10 cents/mile ($14.60) to $1.00/mile ($140.60), but any amount is awesome. Click here for the link. For further information, contact Rob McNeely.
New Adult Studies Begin! Wednesday Night Alive and programs resume on August 27, which means new opportunities to join a Bible Study, Pastor's Series, or other program. For more information about any of these events, contact Bea Miller.
Pastor's Series. John Lown, retired PCUSA pastor, will kick off the Pastor's Series on August 27 with a review of actions taken at this year's General Assembly. The Pastor's Series will meet in the Parlor at 6 p.m.
Financial Peace University. Join us for an 11-week journey toward financial freedom. The class will be taught by Windy and Jason Taylor, and will open on August 27 with a discussion in Room 210 at 6 p.m. We will begin watching the DVDs on September 3. Cost of materials is $93.
Disciple 1. This gateway to all Disciple Bible Studies begins on August 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 110. Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study is a 35-week overview of the whole Bible focusing on understanding our lives biblically as we respond to God's invitation to become committed disciples. Intructors will be Roy & Elaine Youngblood and Mike & Lynn Metz.
Disciple 2 begins Tuesday, August 26, with morning OR evening classes. Into the Word, Into the World is a 33-week study including Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts that focuses on growing our understanding of purpose and ministry. Disciple I is a prerequisite. Instructor is Bea Miller. Meets in the Small Conference Room, 10 a.m.-noon OR 6-8 p.m.
Disciple 3 begins August 27 at 6 p.m. in the Small Conference Room. Remembering Who You Are is a 33-week study of the Prophets and the letters of Paul that focuses on finding our voice, calling ourselves and those around us into faithful community. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite. This class will be team-led. Coordinator is Laurie Haston.
Disciple Study of Genesis is an 11-week study. No prerequisite, just come and try it out beginning Wednesday, August 27, 10 a.m. - noon, in Room 110. Instructors are Trinity Whitley and Bea Miller.
Sojourners Bible Study begins Tuesday, September 9 in Room 110, 7-9 p.m. Under the leadership of Gary Griffin, this is an in-depth study of the Gospel of John, followed by the letters of John, using the book by John Stott.
Grief Support Group begins Tuesday, October 28, in the Library, 6-7:30 p.m., led by Duff Maki. This is an 8-week group that will complete the week before Christmas.