by Martin Schlomer
This fall, the Elders and ministry leaders decided to stay at one service. Having one service keeps everyone together, hearing the same message at the same time with the same passion! This is the first time we that we believe we will be able to comfortably enjoy one service due to the increased seating capacity from replacing the back wall with a movable wall.September will be a trial run to see how well this seating works on a longer-term basis. In October, the Elders and ministry directors will then evaluate how well this is working.
In Children’s Ministries, we will continue to run Discipleland, a program designed to disciple our children in their relationships with Christ. This ministry will continue to run through the fifth grade during the worship service. Because the classes have grown we will be splitting them to accommodate additional children.
In Adult Ministries, we will offer adult seminars as teachers are available. These seminar classes will run from 8:45-9:45 a.m. On October 3 Harold Eash will begin a series on 1 Corinthians. As of this moment, no child care is available. However, if you are available to help, please see Cheryl.
Last but certainly not least, the Young Adult Ministry will meet for their Sunday morning study from 8:45-9:45 at Starbucks (near Sports Authority) where for another month they will continue to wrestle with the ideas in the book, Under the Overpass, taking on a new chapter and verse study after that has been completed. In addition to their Sunday morning times, they meet on Friday evenings and will be going through The Truth Project.
On Wednesday evening, September 29 AWANA will kick off its brand new year. Three weeks later, we will launch KidReach on Wednesday afternoons, in partnership with Zeiger Elementary, to tutor at-risk kids. It is our prayer that we will see many of these kids engage in the AWANA ministry. To help facilitate this effort, we will offer dinner to make the transition to Wednesday evening’s AWANA easier and more inviting.
The first week of October will mark the beginning of the next cycle for our small group ministries. The Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study, led by Helen Eash, will start a study by Anne Graham Lotz called, “Pursuing More of Jesus.” This study will dive into John 10-21. The Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study, led by Kim Schlomer, will take on the gospel of John as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. In addition to the Women’s Bible studies, community groups will begin around the same time. Sign-ups for all of these will begin September 12!
Youth Ministries (a.k.a.“Common Ground Student Ministries”) has a lot planned! Junior and Senior High will meet every Sunday to connect with God and grow together in their relationships with one another. We will do a large group/small group model. This means there will be a teaching time followed by a small group time to process what was taught.
In addition to Sunday nights the senior high will be doing midweek small groups. Our hope is to have five senior high small groups. The junior high girls are going to have a small group that meets on Sunday night before youth group. There will be many additional activities and trips, so be sure to look at the Common Ground student ministries page on the website and download the events flyer for this fall.
It’s tough to believe September is already here! It seems to have taken everyone by surprise this year. At Elim, it seems like we are always “mixing things up” in an effort to better accomplish Christ’s mandate for this Body: To grow PASSIONATE, LIFELONG FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST!