Sunday April 7 & 14 at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall
April 7 – Imagine Team Focus: Welcome
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Cor 5:18-20)
When we welcome people to church, we act as ambassadors for Christ. What does that look like? Some people are easy for us to welcome, we might feel immediately connected to them. They might belong to our generation. Maybe they have a similar church background. They could belong to our economic class. – But what about people who pose a challenge to us? A homeless veteran shows up at church, maybe they look filthy, maybe they behave in weird ways because of mental illness or disability. What then? How do we react to people of different races? Even though we might, in theory, embrace diversity, how do we react when our congregation becomes visibly diverse? What about people of different sexual orientation, gender identity and expression? Are they challenging to welcome? Please join us for this listening circle to discern welcoming or not-so-welcoming experiences.
April 14 – Love in the Land of a Thousand Hills
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Shewa Dedeke and John Lovejoy share their story of living, working, and falling in love in the East African country of Rwanda. The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.
April 21 – Easter Sunday – No Faith Formation
April 28 – Lutheran World Relief Quilt Sunday and HTLC Library Open House – No Faith Formation