NEW FAITH COMMUNITY BEGINS APRIL 8
MARCH 9, 2018
I am pleased to announce that St. Barnabas United Methodist Church has received a $10,000 grant from the Central Texas Annual Conference for the beginning of a new faith community! Our 9:30 a.m. worship service will be revamped and become Traditional Unplugged beginning April 8th (the first Sunday after Easter) with the specific target of those who are not yet here. The SPRC, with the blessing of Mr. Mark Husband, approved the hire of Mr. David Pfleger to lead the music component in this service. The funds are designated for this Traditional Unplugged service, for the musical staff, advertisement and any special instrumentation or music needed.
What will happen to Mark Husband, Kacy Choi and the Chancel Choir? They will be free to rehearse for the 11:00 a.m. service! David will utilize all our musical talent in the 9:30 a.m. Traditional Unplugged service, just not everyone, every Sunday. Mark will be a voice of consultation and feedback. Chancel Choir members will be able to fully participate in Sunday School. Everyone walks away a winner! Most importantly, we have a new opportunity to introduce and re-introduce new people to Christ!
We will need our current 9:30 a.m. worship attendees to remain faithful to the Traditional Unplugged service. In addition, we will need for our Sunday School classes to also be intentional about helping us get started with this service. In a new church start, faithful church members are aware that it is their opportunity and responsibility for the good of the whole to attend the new worshiping body. Persons are actually "sent" as missioners to the new start. If our congregation could take on this attitude so that the new service is filled with high energy, that would be wonderful (and sacrificial). That doesn't mean we give up our regular, "favorite" service. It does mean that some Sundays folks attend worship -- twice!
Why are we doing this now? Because the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expect different results (Einstein). Our 9:30 worship service has dwindled in numbers. A few people (2 or 3) have requested that we stop the 9:30 worship service. But stopping the service would mean that 50 or so folks would lose the service they prefer to attend. The Central Texas Annual Conference offered this opportunity and we were awarded a grant. It seems foolish to not try and bring new life to an existing service. With Traditional Unplugged we might energize St. Barnabas! We might bring in new folks! We might be able to use this opportunity to grow!
We ask our Prayer Team to begin praying for the Traditional Unplugged service to be blessed with new people who are searching for God, for our evangelism team to be filled with people who want to greet and welcome newcomers to St. Barnabas and for our congregation as a whole to be engaged and excited as together we begin a new thing for Jesus Christ.
WE ARE ST. BARNABAS!
Rev. Ginger Bassford