Schweitzer News – January 22, 2019

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Through Luke’s stories, the invisible are seen and the voiceless are given a voice. Luke wants us to know that God is doing a new thing—that He has a different approach!

A training for leaders and others who want to make this pastoral transition the best.

The “Changeover Zone” on Saturday, February 2, is for leaders and others (the more the better) who have an interest in making this pastoral transition the best it can possibly be. Led by Jim Ozier, it is fast paced, fun, interactive and details specific practices that the church can do to make this a mile-marker moment in the life of the church.

A great “passing of the baton” leads a first time guest to walk away from worship saying to themselves, “These are the kind of people I could hangout with!” The focus of the training is developing an intentional strategy involving as many members as possible to “say goodbye and say hello” in powerful and compelling ways, ways that help the church grow during this transition.

Join in on the “Changeover Zone” Training, Saturday morning, February 2, 10:00-12:00noon in Memorial Hall

Please keep in your prayers Schweitzer’s Governance Board: Chair Will Cologna, Terrell Barkett, Casey Dye, Tom Fenton, Jessica Kruse, Chris Langston, Dan Serven, Melanie Setzer, Christine Slayden, Tamra Standage, Wayne Thompson, and Mary Ann Wood as they provide leadership during the pastoral transition.

Bible study for women 

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply and in her newest Bible Study, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she will help us learn how to navigate some of life’s hard moments and support others going through hard times. Join us for this six-week study starting this Friday, January 25, 10:00am-Noon, in the Discover Room. Childcare is provided. 

Help us fill our pantry shelves

Schweitzer is reaching out to our community through our crisis food pantry. We are serving about 300 families in our food pantry every month. All food donations go for Schweitzer’s Food Pantry only. Money donations are also appreciated. Please pick up a grocery sack with a list as you leave worship this Sunday or click on the button below.

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In February 2019, the United Methodist Church will have a Special Called Session of General Conference. It will take place in St. Louis. The purpose of the session is to address an enduring debate within the church on homosexuality and its relationship to marriage, ordination, and its teaching of the Gospel. Pastors Jake Hotchkiss and Jason Leininger have written a booklet, “Generous Spirit – Strong Convictions; a pastoral word on human sexuality.” They will lead a discussion from 6:00 to 7:30 in Memorial Hall as follows: Jan. 13 – Chapters 1 & 2 / Jan. 20 – Chapter 3 / Jan. 27 – Chapter 4 and General Conference prayer. They will speak to where we are at, the witness of Scripture, and possibilities before the Church.  You can pick up a copy of the book in the foyer. A $5 contribution helps cover the costs. (On Kindle too).