To St. George’s Church and friends,
Greetings and blessings in the name of the one and only all-sufficient savior, the most unique personality ever to born of a woman, the king of kings, the lord of lords, the great I-AM, the one who loved us and saved us, the one who defeated death and pillaged the grave, the one who desires intimacy with his people (THAT’S YOU and ME), the one who is head of his body the church, the one who has conquered the devil and his minions, the one who knows your name, the one who sits on the throne of all authority and dominion, and has a name above all names… yes indeed, it is in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I greet you!
During the winter season (especially in NE Ohio) I think of hibernation and the anticipation of new life. The trees, grass and vegetation go dormant. The sun is constantly obscured by thick clouds (seriously how can it be this dark at 3:30 PM). Snow blankets the Ohio landscape as the cold and sterile wind of winter moves unimpeded across the land. But, there is a rhythm of life that is unique to the winter months… and it is fitting for the season we find ourselves in as a church plant.
The winter for us will be a season of examination, exploration, contemplation, and renewal for mission. It will be marked by:
- praying and fasting
- processing through together what we learned from the first few months of our public and private gatherings
- asking the Lord for greater vision and favor in Medina
- ultimately we will continue to mature in our relationship with Jesus Christ and with each other (learning to be disciples of Jesus on mission).
The logic of this season is to further grow our “core team” both numerically (we need more folks to plant successfully) but also to grow in maturity (to become more like the Jesus we confess). Therefore, this winter we will continue to gather once or twice a month for public worship, meet in homes for prayer and ministry, gather together to grow in the faith (still finalizing what curriculum/bible study we will use), and learn together what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ as we participate in the mission of God (making disciples) in Medina County!
Here are some tentative dates for 2012:
- Thur, Jan 26 – 7-8PM - Prayer & Ministry time (Kocak’s House)
- Sat, Jan 28 – 6PM - Worship Service (Harvest Presbyterian Church)
- Tue, Feb 7 – 7-8PM - Prayer & Ministry Time (Kocak’s House)
- Sat, Feb 11, 6PM - Worship Service (Harvest Presbyterian)
- Tue, Feb 21 – 7-8PM - Prayer & Ministry Time (Kocak’s House)
- Sat, Feb 25, 9 AM – 2 PM – ** The Gospel-Centered Leader (Harvest Presbyterian), $15/person scholarships available
- March 13-15th – SynergyEDGE Learning Community (Rivertree Church in Massillon) – email Fr Ryan (email@example.com) if interested in attending.
- Sat, April 21, 7:30AM- 4:30 PM - The Big Day of Serving Event Medina - Sign up on website.
- Fri-Sat, May 18-19 – Mission Trip to Athens Ohio to stay and work with Good Works Inc. – more info to come.
- Mondays at 2:30 PM - Confirmation Class - McDonald’s on Rt 3
There will be more details coming out soon about the course/bible study offerings for the winter months (We’re looking at either using NT Wright’s Simply Christian, Alpha, or Christianity Explored). All are great means of grace to grow deeper in our knowledge (heart & mind) of being in Christ
Also keep visiting the blog for updates and news about new programs, gatherings, and mission opportunities at St. George’s Church.
As always, I am here to serve you.I am available for prayer, getting together to hang out, and spiritual direction (“uh, Pastor what do I do about ____” kind of stuff). Please do not hesitate to contact me to meet up. I am here to serve.