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Individuals and families were given multiple ways to participate in this emphasis.
Living On Purpose - Ways to Participate
1. Worship weekly always, but especially the weekends of Sept 10 -- Oct 8. Each weekend's sermon will take shape around a different theme of the book as well as invite you to move closer to living your life on purpose.
2. Buy and read the book. It is available at church for $10. While it is a fairly simple and straightforward read, it is not a quick read, so don't be fooled. There are lots of exercises throughout and you are encouraged to work through them. Keep a journal as you read and work through the material.
3. Participate in a discussion group. A discussion guide is available. Groups will meet in the library immediately preceding or following worship to reflect on the themes in the book and the weekly sermon. A host will be present to get things started. Come as often as you can.
4. Attend a Listening for God's Voice Retreat. This 24-hour experience will give you an uninterrupted, focused time apart to work through some of the most significant exercises in the book in preparation for crafting your faith mission statement. Chose one of the following times: Friday October 15 -- 16 or Friday January 6-7. (Alternatively, you can work through exercises 1 -- 8 of Chapter three on your own.)
5. Attend the Faith Mission Statement Writing Workshop. This 2.5-hour experience follows logically on the heels of each of the Listening for God's Voice Retreats and will equip you to craft your own faith mission statement. Resources will be available to support your work. The hoped for outcome is at least a beginning faith mission statement, if not the completed version. Dates for the workshops are Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm and Saturday, January 21 at 9 am.
6. Come to a Faith Mission Statement Refining Session. These periodic sessions will be held to assist you as you refine your statement. Crafting a faith mission statement may require time beyond the workshop. These sessions are designed to provide ongoing support. Dates and times for these sessions will be announced in October.
7. Commit to participate in an Implementation/Accountability Group. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Make sure you use your carefully crafted faith mission statement! Participate with others sharing creative ideas on how to keep the momentum and support one another in your efforts! Dates and times for these groups will be announced in the new year.
8. Join us for the Celebration Dinner where we will share our Faith Mission Statements with one another and process what we have learned and discovered and celebrate how we have grown. Date and time for the dinner will be announced in October.
9. Join a Fully Devoted Bible Study. This seven-week series will begin meeting in the winter and will coincide with the season of Lent. Participants will work toward an understanding of what it means to live each day in Jesus' name through personal study and small group interaction. Consider participating with all the members of your household! This makes for a fabulous home study for families with children grades six and up. For those households with younger children, consider the Family Faith Talk cards for fostering faithful conversation in the household while the adults do the study.
10. Worship throughout the season of Lent at our midweek services where members of SPDLC will be our guest speakers sharing stories of lives lived in Jesus' name.
Everyone is welcome, so invite your neighbors and friends!
While there are some intentional purposes, progressions and developments behind the above opportunities, you are welcome to step in at any place!
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