We're already halfway through July which means we're gearing up for fall. There's now a calendar on our site but it's pretty bare. We'll keep adding to it so in the future it will be a great place to get information about upcoming events.
For now, I want to tell you about five important events we have coming up...
1. July 28-30
Next weekend Bret Testerman will be here to consult with us about our upcoming worship minister hire. You can learn more about him HERE. Bret will lead worship in both of our services on Sunday, July 30.
2. Saturday, August 5
On Saturday August 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. we're going to have a training event for Family Group leaders. This event isn't restricted to those who are currently leading a Family Group.
If you think you want to lead a group at some point, if you're a spouse of a leader, if you're a group member, or if you just want to grow in your leadership ability, this is for you, too!
We'll give more information, including the location, once we finalize the details.
3. Sunday, August 6
We're calling Sunday, August 6th Commitment Sunday. We'll start Family Group signups on that day and we're going to offer numerous service opportunities for you to commit to. This will be the kickoff to an exciting fall!
4. Saturday, August 12
On Saturday, August 12 we're going to have a congregation-wide workday at the building. On Sunday I went back through our attendance numbers for the past decade or so. We've always exceeded our yearly attendance average in August and September.
That means we're likely to see a bump in attendance and some new faces in the next few months.
Because we want to be hospitable hosts who make the most of every opportunity, we're going to take a few hours to spruce up the building. We'll need trucks, trailers, and strong backs. But, there will also be something for everyone to do.
5. Sunday, August 20
On Sunday, August 20, the weekend students move in at UA, we're having our 11 a.m. worship service on campus at Lloyd Hall! We're going to host a meal at the building after worship that day, too. We're going to need everyone's help to pull it off.
It's going to be a great day for UCC and for UCM as we launch our campus ministry for the 2017-18 school year. UCM's theme for the year is "Win the Campus" so worshiping together in the heart of UA's campus seems like a great way to start.
In the weeks ahead you're going to hear more about how you can serve on August 20. For now, contact Preston if you have any questions.
6. Sunday, August 27
Our Family Groups will officially kickoff on Sunday night, August 27th with an event called Group Link. This is an event designed to help get as many people involved in Family Groups as possible. More details are coming soon but go ahead and put it on your calendar!
That's it for now. I'm hopeful and expectant about the days ahead. I love you and I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve you. See you Sunday!
Last week we launched a brand new website. Nearly every person who visits a church, visits the website first. Obviously, we want to do everything we can to reach people...even online. A website can be a powerful tool for reaching people.
We also want to do a better job of communicating with and including those of you who are already a part of our church family. Launching this new site is one way we plan to do that.
With that in mind, here are three things you need to know about our new site...
1. We Have a Blog
If you're reading this you've either found our blog or you're on our email list. If you haven't subscribed to our email list, yet, click HERE. Or, click the "Join Our Mailing List" button at the top right of this page.
We plan to use the blog often to communicate with you about our church family.
2. You Can Listen to Sunday Sermons
You can find the weekly messages from our Sunday services (8:45 a.m. & 11 a.m.) here on our new site. Under the "Resources" menu, simply click "Messages" to listen. Or, click HERE.
We plan to add the podcast to iTunes in the not too distant future. Be on the lookout for that!
3. You Can Give Online
We're in the process of moving to a new online giving platform. It wasn't quite ready for the launch of the new site. But, again, it's coming soon!
With our new platform you'll be able to give online, give from your mobile phone, and even set up recurring donations. We'll let you know when it's ready!
You'll be hearing from us again soon with information about some important upcoming events. Have a great week!