September 22 & 29, 2020
Thank you to all who have participated in the Listening Sessions! There are two Listening Sessions remaining — the Covenant Class on September 22nd and an Open Call and The Living Room on September 29th.
We appreciate hearing from everyone and their thoughts. We encourage anyone who hasn’t participated to be part of September 29th session. To participate, please contact Jordan ([email protected]) or Natalie ([email protected]) for the Zoom invitation link.
Wesley Church family,
It seems like the days are slow and the months are fast right now. The concerns we hold as individuals and as a Church collectively are pressing. I have seen and heard multitudes of stories about how the Holy Spirit has comforted, encouraged, and strengthened us through this pandemic and its effects. Like you, I am frustrated to not be with you all in person. The Board, the staff, and I feel like we have emerged from the past few months of crisis and rapid adaptation Now we need to look to our future and hear from each other as a Church body, as directly as possible.
In an effort to get to hear from you directly, the Administrative Board and I will be hosting listening sessions throughout September via Zoom. These are Listening Sessions in a similar vein to what we have done since my arrival, with one difference. The difference being these sessions will be held through Zoom. If you do not know how to use Zoom, please contact Jordan Cramer for assistance.
The focus of these sessions is to hear from you. The Board and I feel we need to hear from the Church, more than the Church hearing from leaders. Prompt questions will help us begin discussion sections. We would like to hear:
- how people are doing
- concerns related to opening/closure of the building
- how to include new learnings in the future of Wesley
Beverly White (Board Chair), Becky Bishop (Lay Leader), and I will be in each Zoom listening session. Other Board members and staff members will join in as they are able. The following schedule has been calendared for larger groups and Sunday School classes. The session contact will forward out the Zoom invite. If enough people request and need an alternate time, we will work to create another time as well.
The Living Room
The mission of the Church is to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World and we are guided by the three General Rules of our Methodist tradition: 1. Do no harm, 2. Do all the Good you can, and 3. Stay in Love with God. Let us continue this mission.
This season has been deeply challenging for all of us. I personally want to say thank you to each of you for your words of encouragement, for sharing your struggles, and for the leadership of our Board and Staff. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to work in all of us.
Please Note: Zoom session invitations will be sent out by the above session contacts. Request invite to the Living Room or Open Call sessions by emailing [email protected].