Very often, the most challenging part of our experience has been our ability to embrace change. There has been times when some go to war to maintain the status quo, and there has been times when have gone to war to against the status quo. Both sides of the argument usually has some merit. But the ultimate question we are often confronted with is, if we don't embrace change or at least try something new, how can we grow? Or, how would we know that a particular change may not fit into our cultural mold if we do not give it a chance? All growth requires some change; some new way of approaching the age old problem.
Over the past several months we have been working together to try something new, something different. All the programs we have been working on are designed to create the necessary atmosphere for our spiritual growth and to expand our ministries-to make an impact. I'd like to share with you my fondest memories of my first visit to this Church. I looked around the campus, the peace and quiet and the vast space we have. During my interaction with the Vestry, I heard stories about the amazing people who worship here; the talents, gifts and resources of our people. It didn't take me that much time to determine that there's an incredible amount of potential that abounds in this place. And over the past several months, I have experienced at first hand, the depth of strength that abounds within this community.
Christ Church is uniquely positioned as a community with an amazing and endless potential for growth. The question then is, how do we best utilize all our potential? How do we look outward? How do we to touch and change lives? How do we engage ourselves and others in God's life transformation business? These are loaded questions, but they are questions which are meant to inspire us towards our goal of a re-imagined love with unbounded energy. And I say this with a deep belief in what St. Paul assures us in Philippians "And my God shall supply all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."
And so we begin this Sunday on the premise that we can do great things, we can do amazing things and we can be agents of transformational life only if we try, and keep trying. My prayer is that we may never rob ourselves of the joy of being transformational because we failed to be innovative. And so this Sunday, join us. Let's begin our journey together. There's something for everyone:
Christ Church Nursery is now fully staffed. On each and every Sunday, we will have two paid and certified Nursery Caregivers taking care of all children 6 months -3 years. Nursery Care will run from 9:00 - 12:00 noon. Christ Church will be serving Continental Breakfast on Sunday mornings for all Children and Youth in the Great Hall from 9:30-10:00 a.m. The Great Hall will be devoted solely for Children Formation or Sunday School. Children ages 3-11 are invited to Breakfast and then to the classrooms after Breakfast. Sunday School for Children will run from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Children will join their parents during the peace. The Youth will join their teachers in their two new classrooms in the Parish Hall after Breakfast. Youth Sunday School will run from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The Youth will join their parents during the peace. Young Families and Parents will have the opportunity to gather for a Parenting Seminar in the Parish Hall from 9:30-10:15. Conversations will be aided by watching DVDs on parenting. Adult Forum will feature different speakers and topics each Sunday. Adult Forum will run from 9:30-10:15 in Old Brick. This Sunday will feature Dr. Rebecca Hancock, an Old Testament Professor at St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute. She will lead a session on 'Humor In Scripture' Coffee Hour will begin at Old Brick and then continue in the Elevator Room after the 10:30 a.m. service. Bible Studies continues in the Conference Room of the Parish Hall. As I indicated earlier, there's something for everyone. And so please join us on this and every Sunday morning as we begin our new journey of a love re-imagined.