The blog's finally back up, and it's just in time to announce a new ministry here at Bethany that I am very excited about! This year, we'll be joining congregations around the North Carolina Synod in a ministry called "Forward Together in Christ in Community." You can read more about the ministry on our synod's website here. Forward Together is a new program in which we will explore together with the other Lutheran churches in our synod here in North Carolina what it means to be the Christ's Church and what God is calling us to do in the future.
There are a number of ways that we'll see this unfold as 2014 goes along, but one of the main ways will be new Bible study here at Bethany. The neat thing about this Bible study is that the rest of the churches in the synod will be reading, thinking, and praying about the same verses as we are. Each month, either Pr. Laura or I will lead a discussion of a small selection from 1 Thessalonians 5 (link here). Each discussion is quite short (about 10-15 minutes) and will replace the adult Sunday school opening on the fourth Sunday of every month. The first week will be Sunday, January 26th at 10am, as I lead a Bible study on 1 Thessalonians 5:5a. With your support and participation, we can make this a time that strengthens us all individually in our faith lives as well as together in our church as a whole.
So come on out and join us, as we go forward together with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the North Carolina Synod!
May the peace of Christ be with you always,