Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Called to Serve

Celebrate a Holy Lent with us.
Wednesday Evenings:
March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5

5:30-6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
6:00-6:30 p.m. Soup Supper in the Kitchen
6:30-8:00 p.m. Called to Serve Discussions
(and 7:00-8:30 p.m. Choir practice)

Using different versions of the Stations of the Cross prayers, we will meditate on Christ’s path to the cross as we journey towards resurrection with him.

We hope that everyone in the congregation will participate in the “Called to Serve” discussions led by vestry members.  In each discussion, we will explore our Baptismal Covenant and reflect on our current ministries.  We’ll ask what new work God is calling us to—here at Nativity and out in the world. We’ll begin to make plans for the next year. In these sessions we will work on our individual plans for growing in our baptismal ministries, and we’ll focus on what we can do collectively to serve God’s people and planet.
Learn about each discussion topic below (and over), and come to any or all that interest you. No reservation needed. Call Rev. Kirsten 510-207-6346 or Everil Robertson 415-497-9159 if you have any questions.

Called to Serve Discussion Series

March 8    Outreach and Social Justice (Led by Rev. Rebecca and Marti Rule)
How have we been serving God’s people in Marin and around the world individually and collectively? Are we hearing God calling us to new service or advocacy? Are there new issues that need our attention, or people who need our witness or help? What is our dream about what we might do? This discussion will be of interest to those involved in our current outreach mission and those who imagine new ministries for Nativity.

March 15    Worship Offered to the Glory of God (Led by Amanda Cairo and Bob Robertson)
What changes have we made in our worship at Nativity over the past few years? How is our weekly worship on Sundays and throughout the week shaping us for God’s work? How might we more fully engage every member of our congregation—our youngest members and our elders? How might our worship welcome new people into ministry with us? This is a discussion especially for our Choir, Altar Guild, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Ushers and anyone interested in worship.

March 22    Intergenerational Ministry and Church Growth (Led by Nancy Barnes and Everil Robertson)
In this conversation we will reflect on our experiments with special events for families and young people. We will think about ways we might support our youngest members and neighborhood families in their ministries. We will think about outreach to our LGBTQ neighbors and others who might want to make Nativity their church home. This conversation is especially for those who feel a call to family ministry, those involved with our Marin Episcopal Youth Group, and those who see potential for deepened invitation and welcome to families at Nativity.

March 29    Loving One Another--Pastoral Care and Fellowship (Led by Jeanette Hill and Rev. Kirsten)
What have we done to build up the Body of Christ over the past few years? How have we individually and collectively deepened our ties to one another through fellowship activities and pastoral care? Are we being called to new ways of showing God’s love in our congregation? How do we imagine newcomers being welcomed into our community? This conversation is especially for the Pastoral Care Committee, for newcomers, for those who remember “potluck partners,” and those who regularly participate in our monthly soup suppers.

April 5    Using our Church Building, Grounds, and Budget to Serve our Community (Led by Dick Heine and Susan Monahan)
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In this discussion we will think about how our unique treasures—our building, grounds and budget—might be best used to serve our community. How have our renovations prepared us to better serve our community? Are there needs that could be met by making financial donations either from our Church budget or from special fundraising events? Are there groups who are doing ministry aligned with ours who could benefit from our building and property? If we begin a Legacy Society or undertake a new fundraising campaign, what ministries would these resources support? This discussion is especially for the finance committee, those who have contributed to the building and grounds renovations either with work or financial support, and anyone interested in developing deeper partnerships with other community groups.

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