NEWS AND UPDATES OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
A lot has been happening since the closing prayer of the National Gathering in San Diego: three Wee Kirk Conferences; an immersion week with Elder Leadership Institute; a major funding push; a new Fellowship Community mobile app and website upgrades; planning for (at least) four significant events in 2016, creation of the 2015 Advent Devotional. Find out more below.
2015 ADVENT DEVOTIONAL SONG “TO YOU IS THE SONG”
Several thousand people participated in The Fellowship Community’s first Advent Devotional last year. The response was so positive that we’ve created one for 2015.
A downloadable PDF will provide weekly materials for the First Sunday of Advent through the Day of Epiphany.
Plus, a daily email devotional message will be sent to every subscriber.
Principle authors include:
*David Joynt, Valley Presbyterian Church, Paradise Valley, AZ
*Debbie Schmidt, Central Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
*Davidson Chifungo, Veritas College, Malawi
*Judith and Ray Hylton, First Presbyterian Church, Evanston, IL
*Zac McGowen, First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL
*Anne and Naji Zaki, Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cairo, Egypt
Additional resources include
*Ideas for children by Mickie O’Donnell, Noroton Presbyterian Church, Darien, CT
*Liturgical ideas for church and home by Nicole Lock, Atlanta, GA
*Ideas for small groups by Emily Mitchell, First Presbyterian Church, Maumee, OH
*Ideas for missional welcome by Minda Schweitzer, The Generous Table, Orange Co, CA
VIDEO SERIES COMING SOON
What is the mission of the Church? What are we about as The Fellowship Community? Why does it matter?
TFC, in partnership with The Presbyterian Foundation, has created a six-part video series exploring how the six historic “Great Ends” of the Church still form the basis for ministry and mission in the 21st century, and why a missional community like TFC is so important.
These videos bring the faces and voices of TFC to your congregation in a compelling way. Watch for more info.
ELI TRANSITIONS TO FLORISH
The Elder Leadership Institute (ELI) has begun a new chapter with the appointment of Lisa Johnson (PCUSA) as Director and Eric Laverentz (ECO) as Associate Director. In addition, ELI will now be administered by Flourish, the resource ministry of ECO. In an increasingly post-denominational world, ELI is one of the emerging places where growing in missional calling happens across old boundaries.
REGIONAL EVENT IN ILLINOIS
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rockford, IL, is hosting a Regional Event with The Fellowship Community on Saturday, January 30. The keynote speaker will be Gary Macintosh,recipient of the Donald A. McGavran award from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, and the Robert B. Fisher award for Faculty Excellence at Biola University. More information coming soon.
CLUSTER MINISTRY CONFERENCE
Small churches living large into God’s mission is the focus of the 2016 Cluster Ministry Conference April 13-15 on the campus of the Thornwell Children’s Home in Clinton, SC. Sponsored by two cluster ministries in that region in cooperation with TFC, a highlight will be a tour of several of the missional communities serving people in the region with hands-on experience of the gospel in action.
The Conference will kick off with a special concert of praise by Michael Card. Registration will be opening soon!
The Reformed Understanding of the Ascension of Christ will be the focus of a theology conference, April 25-27, 2016, sponsored by The Fellowship Community and hosted by First Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA. Confirmed speakers to date include:
- Michael Horton (URCNA) Professor of Theology and Apologetics,Westminster Seminary, California, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation, President and Host of “The White Horse Inn”
- Gerrit Scott Dawson (EPC) Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, LA, author of Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation
- Laura Smit (ECO) Professor of Theology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
- Bryan Burton (PCUSA) Pastor, North Lakeland Presbyterian Church, FL
- Mickie O’Donnell (PCUSA, candidate for ordination in ECO) Director of Children’s Ministry at Noroton Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Darien CT.
Registration opening soon.
2016 NATIONAL GATHERING
Plan now to be part of The Fellowship Community National Gathering, September 6-8, 2016, hosted by the growing congregation of historic First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA. Special gathering rates will be offered at the Omni William Penn hotel, one block from the church. Registration will be opening soon.
NEW RESOURCES FROM FAITH ALIVE
Discover Your Bible studies help everyone – from new believers to mature Christians – discover the richness of God’s Word through Bible discovery. They come in two different formats – print books and new digital printable format. The digital pricing ($4.50 per user) includes both study guide and leader guide. .
God Loves Me Storybooks (Revised Edition) A newly revised set of 52 colorful storybooks designed for children ages 2-3. A meaningful way to nurture faith at home and at church!