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Church Growth, Revitalization!
This is a major component of their AALC because many of our congregations are operating with 40 or less people on any given Sunday. This is not unique with the AALC, many denominations face similar struggles.
With that in mind our Association is focusing on five areas of ministry for revitalization: Community Outreach, Men’s Ministry, Leadership Development, Youth (including Christian Education), Young Adult Ministry and Worship Life.
It would be overwhelming to focus on all five areas at once. The result would be lack of interest, overdose on information or inadequate effort into each. These ministries are not the pastor’s concern alone. Ministry involves people and their participation. For example, you can’t have a Men’s Ministry without men. Your involvement is needed and important.
At 10:00 AM on February 8, Rev. Dean Stoner, the National Home Mission Developer, will be our guest to facilitate a Revitalization workshop focusing on community Outreach and Men’s Ministry. This is an important time for PKLC and as the church you are strongly urged to attend. You can simply listen and take it all in or you can chime-in as much or little as you would like. No one will be appointed for any office or position. This workshop will help keep the church on the same page. Rolls ... coffee and juice will be served.
Singing with the Exhiles
This will be the theme for this year’s Lenten Services. Gathered by the waters of Babylon, Judean exiles wistfully wondered: Is God for real? If so, does He really care about us? What does our future hold? Will this ever change? God’s people had watched their world shatter into a million pieces. They were demoralized and disillusioned. Their disaster looked terminal.
Do you feel this way? Does it look as though your current problems are more than you can bear? Do you find yourself asking: Why did this happen? Why did God allow it? Is there any order in the world? Will God really deliver on what he said?
Isaiah answers these questions in chapters 40-55 of his book. He announces that just when Israel’s history seemed closed and controlled by hopeless Babylonian imperial policy, to the shock and surprise of everyone the Lord will stir up a king named Cyrus and a new exodus will explode in the desert! A Servant will be wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. And barren Zion will be given so many children that, like the old woman in the shoe, she won’t know what to do! Standing behind these marvelous promises is God’s Almighty Word.
As part of our Community Outreach we will once again host soup suppers, free-of-charge, beginning at 5:30 PM on Thursday, February 26th, with services beginning at 6:45 PM. There is one important change this year, services will be held on Thursday, and this is because confirmation is held on Wednesdays at 6:30.
Please feel free to invite people to come with you; let’s surpass last year’s average attendance of 35.
Lenten offering will be sent to the “Wounded Warrior Project.” WWP serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound coincident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001, and their families. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury—from the physical to the invisible wounds of war. For more information you can visit: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/