A reflection on the current refugee crisis from Sojourners. “This is a chance to be radically countercultural — to glorify Christ through selfless sacrifice, hospitality, and love.” Read the article here and share your thoughts with us.
Here are the GROW opportunities at Inman Park UMC this year. Please join us on our journey as we GROW together! Contact Laura Tanguturi if you have any questions.
Grow 1: Adult GROW class discusses the scripture passage that’s being read in service that Sunday, or reads a book of the Bible together. Please join us for prayer, open-minded conversation, and sincere, loving fellowship. Your doubts and questions are welcome.
– 1st floor library at 9:30 am Sunday mornings, group led; childcare is available. Class is currently meeting.
Grow 2: Adult GROW class follows the Children’s Spark Curriculum/ Sunday Morning Readings or Lessons that are part of that Sunday’s worship. It’s a time to look deeper into the scripture and for sharing questions and thoughts. There is more to this class than just scripture–join us in building friendships with other members of the church.
– 2nd floor library starting September 13 at 9:45 am Sunday mornings. Kristen Vincent will be leading September 13, 20 and October 4. After this time we will evaluate as a group to see what other GROW members might want to lead the next 2-4 weeks. Childcare is available.
Holy Club is the “advanced class” of Sunday School for adults. Join us for frank, challenging, unfiltered conversation, fellowship, and even a cold beer or two. All viewpoints are welcome. Bring your open mind and your toughest questions. Meets the second Thursday of every month at Manual’s Tavern or Thinking Man Tavern. See Clark Cunningham, John Adcox, or Andrew Farnsworth for details. Email: email@example.com
Men’s Grow: Come for coffee and a pastry at Proof Bakery to discuss scripture with the use of the Bible or through a devotional. Meets Monday mornings at 7 am and is lead by Pastor Max or a group member. Proof is located near the church at 100 Hurt St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
“Becoming a Balanced Woman”: This GROW Group is a 6 week study for the women of Young Adult CONNECT. The study will focus on topics such as self confidence, stress management, finding contentment, and being healthy overall in body and spirit. The study will begin on Tuesday, September 15 and will be lead by Allison Musnick. Email Allison for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Max will be adding two or three short term GROW Groups to the fall schedule:
New Member’s Class: Sunday mornings for six weeks beginning September 13. Intended participants are those who have recently joined or are thinking about joining our church.
Study: The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: An 8- week weeknight study beginning the week of September 13, using the book The Unfolding Drama of the Bible by Bernhard W. Anderson. The study explores the storyline that holds the Bible together. The day of the week the class meets will be determined.
The third potential short-term fall GROW Group would be a weekday morning version of The Unfolding Drama of the Bible Study. Please contact Pastor Max if you have any interest or questions: email@example.com
Children & Youth GROW: GROW Groups for children and youth begin September 13 at 9:45 am in the multipurpose room (children) or Youth Hut (youth). Each group will have their own teacher and lessons/activities tailored to age appropriate Christian Education learning goals. This year they will journey through the Bible together using SPARK curriculum to drive the lessons and activities. Our children and youth GROW by learning scripture together, SERVE by doing mission projects together, and CONNECT by building community together.
“Westerhoff’s Five Criteria for sharing faith with children: telling stories, celebrating, praying, living our faith, and performing faithful acts of service and witness.” – from Making a Home for Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Your Children
Nursery: Open Sunday mornings 9:30 am until the end of worship for children 0-3 years of age.
Other Atlanta Emory District Conference GROW opportunities:
Lay Servant Ministries: Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church. If you feel this is something you’re interested in, please talk to Pastor Max. Upcoming classes (Basic and Advanced) are on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9:30am-2:30pm. Please contact the district office for more information – (770) 446-7506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This thought provoking article by Rev. Travis Garner reflects on our divided world, and talks about an issue that most of us feel strongly one way or another about. “Each of us has a different story, unique experiences, particular struggles, and when we make anything a simple “either/or,” we greatly miss the mark. When we proclaim from our soapboxes that you’re either in favor of this decision or you’re a hateful bigot, we’re being shortsighted. When we say you’re either against this decision or you’re championing immorality, we’re failing to understand the complex reality in which we find ourselves.” What are your thoughts?
From Rachel Held Evans: “But these quotes should serve as a humbling reminder that rhetorical claims to the Bible’s clarity on a subject do not automatically make it so. One need not discount the inspiration and authority of Scripture to hold one’s interpretations of Scripture with an open hand.” Read the article here and share your thoughts with us.
As the violence has unfolded in Baltimore recently, have you considered your part in it? As this article suggests, perhaps we are here again because we do not really listen. Are you listening to the cry of your neighbor? To God’s call and Baltimore’s cry?
Philippians 4:4 calls us to “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”, but sometimes that can feel impossible. Our DS Dana Everhart has some insightful thoughts on what it means to “Rejoice Always!”. What do you think rejoicing always means? Join the conversation on Facebook!
What do you think? Read this thought provoking essay by Christian Piatt and let us know if you think he’s right! The biblical text was from Mark 11:15-19, in which Jesus cleanses the temple by driving out the moneychangers during passover from Herod’s temple. Join the conversation on Facebook, or perhaps at Holy Club that is restarting next Thursday, March 26th at Manuel’s Tavern!
We all get too busy at times and feel overwhelmed with our responsibilities. Often that means prayer time is one of the first things to get cut from the list. There are so many ways to pray – and God loves all of them! This list has some good suggestions on how you can enhance your prayer life, even with your busy schedule!
What can we do to GROW, SERVE, and CONNECT in 2015? Here is a list of 15 ideas and thoughts on how we can reflect on the events of 2014 and look ahead to 2015 to continue to grow our ministry as a church and work towards God’s vision for us. What do you think? Join the conversation on Facebook!
What does Peace mean to you? What does Christian Peace mean? What kind of peace-making does Jesus call on us to do? This article discusses Peace, what it means now, and what it meant to Jesus. How do you strive for Christian Peace in your life? Join the discussion on Facebook!
Please join us this Sunday at 11am as we celebrate the 2nd Sunday in Advent and discuss Signs of PEACE. We will study Isaiah 7.10-17 to GROW in our understanding of scripture and learn how it is relevant to our lives today.