2019 Theme and Plans

2019 Theme and Plans

2019 Theme Summary Video

 

Reading plan for the church

  • To “delight” in God’s word and “meditate” on it “day and night,” we’re going to encourage every member of our congregation to read through the Bible as a congregation in 2019.
  • We will provide a reading plan to the church, and we will commit to reading through the assigned portion every day.
  • The reading plan will be organized around a chronological reading of Scripture that covers the entire Bible.
  • We will share the reading plan with you in various ways over the next few weeks and throughout 2019.

Two Sunday evenings each month will be used to discuss what the church is reading and to help us understand the beauty of the biblical story.

Question concerning Sunday evening: How can we best use this time to deepen our relationship with Jesus?

1st & 3rd Sunday evenings: Delighting in Scripture (in conjunction with the reading plan)

  • Introduction to biblical texts that will be read and discussion of texts that have been read (Purpose: to grow in our understanding of and appreciation for the beautiful story that culminates in Jesus Christ).
  • Slight formatting change: Begin at 5:00 with Kids Sing, followed by devotional, invitation/Lord’s Supper, prayer, then class.
  • Q&A: If you have questions about what you’re reading, you can submit these questions via the website or in a question box in the foyer. Chuck and/or another teacher will address these questions during the class.
  • Co-presenter: Chuck will be the lead teacher on most Sundays, but he will partner with others in the congregation to discuss and present different perspectives.

2nd Sunday evenings: Brothers’ Keepers

  • The format stays the same, except we switch to second Sundays
  • 2018-19 groups: February, March, April, May
  • Take summer break and reorganize for the next cycle
  • 2019-20 groups: September 2019 through May 2020 (9 months)

Other 2nd Sunday evenings: Special Sundays

  • January 13: Make me a Servant Sunday (Preparing our hearts to serve in 2019)
  • June 9: Worship and picnic at a local park
  • July 14: Youth-led service
  • August 11: Praise God in Song

4th Sunday evenings: Faith in Action

  • We considered the feedback on the recent survey and also asked questions like: How can we serve our community? How can we develop a servant’s heart? How can we walk more closely with Jesus?
  • This year we will try something different on the fourth Sunday evening of each month (exception: it will be on the third Sunday in February): We are planning monthly service projects to provide opportunities for our congregation to practice their faith.
  • For those who would prefer to hear a lesson, we will provide an auditorium class while others are working on a service project.
  • Schedule: song, prayer, devotional/invitation, Lord’s Supper, prayer, then service project/class
  • Ways you might help: Do you have service ideas? Would you like to help coordinate one month’s activity? Would you like to serve on a planning team?
  • Sample ideas (these are the types of things we hope to do, though we won’t do all of them):
    • Visit shut-ins (visit, sing and pray, serve the Lord’s Supper, etc.; perhaps take small gift baskets)
    • Assemble bags for the homeless (to be taken to homeless shelters or for our members to keep in their vehicles to give when needed)
    • Visit fire stations (assemble and take baskets with snacks, etc.; visit briefly and pray with them, thanking God for them, praying for their safety and work, etc.).
    • Adopt a local school and make goodie bags for the teachers (snacks, Bible verses, encouragement)
    • Eat a meal with the residents at AHEPA.
    • Visit assisted living facilities (visit, sing, pray, take small gift baskets)
    • Serve at local food bank (partner with a food bank in our area to volunteer)
    • Visit rehab facilities (visit, pray, take small gift baskets).
    • Visit shut-ins, widows, and widowers and help do small odd jobs.
    • Visit prisons/jails.
    • Do simple yard work for people who need help.
    • Write cards and assemble goodie bags for our missionaries and mission points.
    • Write cards and assemble goodie bags for Rainbow Omega and Childhaven.

5th Sunday afternoons: Praise God in Song

  • On these Sundays, we will meet for an early afternoon service.
  • Schedule: 9:00, 10:00, fellowship meal, 12:30 (or 12:45?)
  • 2019 Sundays: March 31, June 30, September 29, and December 29

Summary of Sunday afternoon/evening gatherings

  • 23 text discussion classes (2 per month, except February)
  • 8 Brothers’ Keepers meetings (March through May, September through December)
  • 12 Faith in Action service opportunities (or 12 auditorium classes) (one per month)
  • 5 Song services (5th Sundays in March, June, September, and December; extra song service in August)
  • 1 Make me a Servant Sunday (January)
  • 1 Seminar Sunday (Michael Whitworth, Teaching Rocket Seminar, February 24)
  • 1 Worship at the Park (June)
  • 1 Youth-led service (July)

What you can do

  • Support: We need you to make this work.
  • Attend: Please prayerfully commit to attending on Sunday evenings during 2019.
  • Pray: Pray that God will use this theme and these efforts to help our church grow spiritually.
  • Read/meditate on Scripture: Commit to reading the scheduled readings along with our congregation next year.
  • Give input: We’d love for you to offer suggestions. 

2019 Weekly Calendar for Sunday afternoon/evenings

  • January 6: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • January 13: Make me a Servant Sunday
  • January 20: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • January 27: Faith in Action
  • February 3: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • February 10: Brothers’ Keepers
  • February 17: Faith in Action (moved to third Sunday for February because of the seminar on the fourth Sunday)
  • February 24: Teaching Rocket Seminar with Michael Whitworth (emphasis: how to read/study/teach the Bible; Michael will present his material beginning with the 9:00 Bible study hour)
  • March 3: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • March 10: Brothers’ Keepers
  • March 17: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • March 24: Faith in Action
  • March 31: Fifth Sunday fellowship meal and singing
  • April 7: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • April 14: Brothers’ Keepers
  • April 21 (Easter Sunday/Lads to Leaders): Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • April 28: Faith in Action
  • May 5: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • May 12 (Mother’s Day): Brothers’ Keepers (last meeting of 2018-19 groups)
  • May 19: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • May 26: Faith in Action
  • June 2: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • June 9: Picnic at local park
  • June 16 (Father’s Day): Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • June 23: Faith in Action
  • June 30: Fifth Sunday fellowship meal and singing
  • July 7: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • July 14: Youth-led service
  • July 21: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • July 28: Faith in Action
  • August 4: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • August 11: Praise God in Song
  • August 18: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • August 25: Faith in Action
  • September 1 (day before Labor Day): First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • September 8: Brothers’ Keepers (first meeting of 2019-20 groups)
  • September 15: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • September 22: Faith in Action
  • September 29: Fifth Sunday fellowship meal and singing
  • October 6: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • October 13: Brothers’ Keepers
  • October 20: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • October 27: Faith in Action
  • November 3: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • November 10: Brothers’ Keepers
  • November 17: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • November 24: Faith in Action
  • December 1: First Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • December 8: Brothers’ Keepers
  • December 15: Third Sunday Bible study of reading plan texts
  • December 22: Faith in Action
  • December 29: Fifth Sunday fellowship meal and singing
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