Where are all the young people?
Why don’t young people come to Church?
These are questions that we hear over and over. A group of young adults recently got together and had a panel discussion focused around the question, “What’s the future Church going to look like?” Here are some conclusions:
1. There will be more conversation and less sermon. Someone (a theologically trained leader?) might start the conversation, but there will be more back and forth, more grappling, more group spiritual direction.
2. There will be more focus on faithful action that brings positive impact. More active service, and less “thoughts and prayers.” More worshipful work and less sitting in pews going through the motions without knowing why.
3. We will remember that God is in control. We tend to nod and say those words while digging in to cling to our institutional power, pet pro-jects, and deep-seated belief that our way is the best way. Letting go is perhaps the holiest practice of 21st Century ministry. (And speaking of letting go . . . )
4. We will let go of finding common ground or agreeing in our divided world. “There are as many religions as there are people,” said one panelist. The goal is not to make everyone agree. The goal is to love each other in spite of our differences. Changing each other is not the same as loving each other.
5. We will acknowledge that God is God is and we are not. We will remember that no one – not Franklin Graham, not Jerry Falwell Jr, not even Pope Francis – speaks unequivocally for God. We cannot know what’s best for other people. We cannot assume that God is on our side. We must trust God to know what’s best. We must seek to be on God’s side.
6. We will remember that people don’t solve issues. God solves issues. We are simply tools for transforming the world, and we pray that we do this faithfully. (This is true even if we don’t acknowledge it. I don’t care that Stephen Hawking didn’t believe in God. Hawking’s life is still a miracle.)
7. We will remember that relationships are everything. If we are in a congregation – whether it’s been 6 months or 60 years – and we do not have soul mates who hold us accountable for the way we live, we are missing out. A deep relationship with God and with God’s people is not only possible; it’s essential for spiritual growth.
8. Spiritual communities will increasingly be about building resilience. In these days of overwhelming levels of violence, corruption, addiction, indebtedness, and trauma, there will be an increased under-standing that we cannot endure without a power that’s greater than ourselves.
None of these shifts are new.
We in organized religion must remember that Jesus challenged organized religion. This is a wonderful and (for those of us in organized religion) terrifying season. But these times are not about us. It’s all about trusting in God and deeply believing that God’s plans are better than our own.
This is especially discomfiting for those of us who are most spiritually comfortable with a sermon, a choir, and pews. But just as God shifted the church in past eras regarding sermons, choirs, and pews these shifts are happening again. And if God is doing it, it will be good.
(Taken from achurchforstarvingartists.wordpress.com)
Julian Gray &
George Paul Hehr, Jr.
Sue Burrier & Myrna Slade
Neil & Kathy Rush
Herb & Anne VonGruenigen
Tina & Rachel Swinford
April 1 Easter
Presbyterian Women April Meetings
Anna Myers McKee Circle will meet on April 4 at 10:00 AM at the church.
Presbywebs will meet on April 10 at 7:00 PM at the home of Cheryl Case.
Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering
All women of the church are invited to the Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 21. Registration begins at 9:30 AM. A light breakfast will be served. Lunch is $12.00 and a sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board. Since this is a catered meal, we will need to know if you are eating lunch with us. Carol Winkler, Church-Wide Moderator, will be our speaker.
Believe It or Not Book Club
Believe It or Not Book Club’s next meeting is Tuesday, April 17 at noon at Biancke’s.
The book for April is ACCIDENTAL SAINTS by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Pop Can Tabs
Please bring any pop can tabs that you have for the
Ronald McDonald House this month, we will be
sending them in May.
Calling All Heroes!
The theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School is Hero Central. We will be discussing Biblical heroes as well as Cynthiana heroes you know and love! The dates are June 18—21 in the evening . Pray for this event. Please consider volunteering your time. See Tammy or Tallu to make your commitment. Our first meeting is April 11 at 5:30 PM.
Future Dates for Your Calendars
May 19: Burnamwood Open House and Work Day. Come join us from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that Saturday. We will have a worship service at 11a.m. followed by lunch. In the afternoon you can take a tour of the grounds, take advantage of our lakes, hiking trails, and activity areas, or help out with one of the many projects we have going on at the camp.
April item for Food Pantry is: canned fruit.
Karen Adams, Michal Perrine Adams, Steve Alexander, Virginia Bradley,
Buckhorn Children’s Home & Family Services, Kenny Burden, Tony Cadle, Kristin
Clayton, Jackie Cluxton, Jeff Crossfield, Betty Deibel, Mitzi Enlow (at Grandhaven),
Hargis Fryman, III, Clarence Gifford, John Goheen, Melinda Clyde Greenwood,
Woodrow Hatfield, Jeanette Hehr, Ralph Jameson, Jaime Johnson, Floyd McDanell, Kay
Moss, Bill McKee, Jerri Reis, Joe Rosenbaum, Kendrea Kearns Tillett, Sharon Vickers,
Orla Whitaker, Devon Williams, Pat Williams, Jeffery H. Judy (son in law of Vel Martin),
Our country, state, town, End of the Month Meal guests