Here is more detailed information about the opportunities to Engage One Another this winter…
* Getting Acquainted: From Jan 5 to Feb 14 (six Sundays) I will arrange to get together at least once with someone(s) in the church I don’t know well. Have you ever said to yourself that someday you want to get to know better someone in the church? This commitment leads you to go ahead and make arrangements to spend time with another person, couple or family in the church. Extend a dinner invitation, have coffee, make a pizza date, go to the movies, plan a table game night… whatever you decide! The idea is to have fun getting to know one another better.
* Dine with Nine Fellowship Groups: I will sign up for a Dine with Nine home group. The Dine with Nine program has helped foster community in this church for many years. In January of each year, the groups get reorganized and this is the time to get on board for 2014. While most groups figure out their own patterns, the idea is for Dw9 groups to meet in group members’ homes once a month for a potluck style meal. The Dw9 year runs from February to November with a December dinner for all the groups at church.
* Other: Perhaps you have a spiritual practice for engaging one another that you want to try or continue from Jan 5 through Feb 14, but it is not listed above. Tell us what it is and mark it as a commitment for the season!
ENGAGING ONE ANOTHER LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES
Think you might be ready to step it up? Here are some leadership challenges for you to consider…
1. Invite an Unchurched Friend to Join Your Getting Acquainted Visit: This takes the Getting Acquainted idea to the next level. By accepting this challenge, you are agreeing to invite to your “getting acquainted visit” another friend, couple or family who are not engaged with a church.
2. Visit Once an Assigned Homebound Person/ Serving Communion if Desired: This was such a popular challenge last season that we are repeating it again. Many people accepted this challenge and found it a real blessing. But we need more folks who are willing to make at least one visit to a homebound person of the church and, if requested, to serve them Holy Communion. It’s not complicated and the reward is amazing!
3. Help Implement the Church Pictorial Directory: It’s time to publish another pictorial directory of the church. But whether it is done by a professional company or “in-house,” it takes a lot of planning, organizing, and management. We have a leader for the project. We are looking for team members and workers. Accept this challenge if you are willing to pitch in with this short-term, community-building ministry.
4. Be On the Planning Team for an All-Church Retreat in June: One of our lay leaders, Jack Moore, has a strong notion that it would be a blast to have an all-church retreat in mid to late June. He has some ideas of time and place, as well as some of the activities that can be enjoyed by church members and friends during an overnight retreat. It’s not too soon to begin making arrangements and plans. Are you ready to accept the challenge of making the all-church retreat in June a reality?