First impressions are so important for a church. When a guest arrives on a Sunday morning the first 10 minutes is critical. They decide in those few minutes whether they will come back for a second visit. The clock does not start in the sanctuary; it starts as they pull into our parking lot. The deacons have recommended that we designate prime parking spots as guest parking spots. We will be telling guests that they are important to us. It will also allow our First Connections team to observe guests before they get out of their car. I think we need to add more friendly people to our First Connections team. We need young legs to assist our guests in finding the First Connections station where we can welcome our guests and help them find classrooms or the sanctuary as needed. This First Connections team will include our present Greeters as well as our ushers. We will need more volunteers to adequately staff this ministry. I will have a sign-up for volunteers for this ministry.
The Church Memories Workshop will provide an opportunity for an interactive review of our past to determine both positive and negative effects the church’s collective memory has on the present nature and ministry of the church. The focus of the process is to view the church’s history through the eyes of Christ. During the workshop participants will discover both the dynamic and the dysfunctional qualities in the church’s past. Then church members can respond appropriately with repentance and celebration. The workshop is part of helping our church turn loose from the past in order to take hold of the present and move with spiritual power and holy confidence in the future. Then we as a church can celebrate how the Lord has blessed us in the past and how He can use us in the future. This workshop will include three major parts: (1) What did Jesus say to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3? (2) What would Jesus say to our church? (3) What are the good memories and painful memories throughout the time each of us has been a part of our church?
The Church Memories Workshop will take place on September 14th at noon. Sign-up for the lunch and workshop outside the office.