Ufda. It’s only July as I type this, but the crush of planning and preparing for our Program Year Launch is already upon us. This is going to be a great year and I am excited to enter into it with you. All of us together—children, youth and adults—will be deeply immersed in the ages-long (eternal and never-ending!) story of God’s love for us in worship and education.
I wrote a bit about this campaign, The Story, in last month’s newsletter, but for those of you who missed it or simply dozed off in the middle of my pile of words, here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
The Story is a 31 chapter abridged and condensed summary of the whole bible, which will serve as the backbone of our worship and education throughout the 2018/19 program year.
Each ALC member household will get a free copy of The Story. These will be distributed before and after worship beginning September 8th. (Additional copies will be available for purchase or a small donation.)
Children and youth will also get age-appropriate versions of The Story as part of their faith formation. Children and youth resources will be distributed through Sunday/Wednesday School and Youth Ministry/Confirmation. (Youth and parents: Look for letters home with dates and schedules for Sunday/Wednesday School and Spirit Trek in the next few weeks.)
All of this is exciting, but what I am most excited for is our Rally Day Celebration on September 16, when we will begin our journey through The Story with an introduction during worship and a “Meet the Characters” showcase during learning time. Our adult, youth, and children’s ministry teams will meet in August to plan this event, so if you are interested in helping to bring the story of God’s love to life by portraying a favorite person from the bible, please let me (Pastor John), Sheila, or Julie Eck know asap and join us on committee night, August 12th to share the fun.