Days of Prayer:
Ourselves for God's Calling
our congregational family,
We are over halfway through our 40 Days of Prayer and many of you may be asking, “What is next?” Our next step is to sit down as a community and with an appreciative eye look at our past, present, and future. We will have our first Community-wide Listening Session on Sunday, November 26 following the 10:50 service. Lunch will be provided.
You may remember a previous Newsletter where I shared that the Church Council had approved the work of Bill Owen of the Center for Healthy Congregations to walk us through a Congregational Conversation and Assessment for ministry here at Fulton First UMC. One of the foundational tasks of this process is to enter into a designated period of prayer. And it is obvious to me that the Spirit is indeed moving already through our conversations and our work—there is a sense of a new Spirit in this place. Praise!
On Sunday, November 26, Bill Owen will be with us not only for the centered conversation about our past but he will also bring the Word in worship that day. Bill’s work over the coming months with us will center on a process of discernment using Appreciative Inquiry (AI). AI “suggest that we look for what works in an organization, and that we look for motivating moments of success creating a new energy that is positive and systemic.” This will not be like some congregation-wide conversations. We will not be talking about what does not work. We will be talking about what does work, where have we had successes, and planning for the future.
We are expecting everyone that is available to come to the session on November 26. Childcare will be provided. Lunch is being catered. Our Visioning Team is working now with Bill to design the time to be most impactful for us all. We will are allotting one hour and a half hours for our gathering—we know your time is valuable. Please also mark your calendars for our other two listening sessions on Sunday, January 7 and Sunday, February 11 following second worship service.
Keep praying that Christ will be the center of our lives and our church. And keep asking God to help us orient our life together entirely around Christ!
Peace and Love in Christ,
Congregational Visioning Conversations:
Sunday, November 26
Sunday, January 7
Sunday, Feb 11 Final meeting TBD