May 28, 2014
At the celebration of my mother’s 80th birthday a few years ago, someone insisted that the whole, extended family get together for a photo, because “we may never be all together again.”
That phrase “we may never be all together again” has stayed with me all these years. It feels like a gentle way of saying: Pause from your busyness and take note. Look around. Pay attention to where you are and who you are with, because this moment when we are all together will pass.
I think churches are like that too. I think churches – whether it be the entire church or a committee or a mission of the church, or an organization – need to pause from their busyness, to take note of what is around them, look around and pay attention so that when the moment when we are all together passes, the church is still vibrant, the organization continues to exist and serve the members, the mission is still focused on the Gospel.
At the June 9, 2014 Northeast Regional meeting we will be looking at ways that we can have constructive conversations about how to do ministry in an ever evolving secular world, we will be sharing case studies that will help to inform us of our best practices and help us identify/clarify what we do well and what may need some work on our part to make better.
The inevitable changes that come with the passage of time should not frighten us, and we should not dwell on them, but we do need to face them straight up and with God’s help become an even greater witness in our neighborhoods.
So, with that said, please join me at 7:30 P.M. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Morrisville church as we begin healthy Congregational Conversations. Transportation to Morrisville will be available at the Abington, Glading and Doylestown churches. Keep an eye open on the Presbytery e-news for additional details and contact information.Northeast Regional Presbytery Meeting Morrisville Church June 9, 2014 Registration: 6:30 P.M. Meeting: 7:30 P.M.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 9th,
Kenneth McKeown, Convener, Northeast Region