Out of a desire to better help all parishioners grow in their faith, the Church of the Resurrection is introducing a parish-wide program of "small (faith-sharing/discipleship) groups," which will meet roughly twice a month throughout the seasons of Lent and Easter. We have options for small group types and various times for meetings. I thank those of you who already filled out the earlier sign-up form, which helped us refine our list of offerings. We now need you to fill out this form to finalize our plans.
Again, even if you've already filled out the original sign-up form, please fill out this final preference form so that we can arrange groups. Later this month, you will hear from your small group leader about the first meeting time and location. Let's pray for each other as we begin the Holy Season of Lent.
Faith Formation February at the Church of the Resurrection
As part of our ongoing commitment to help fulfill our parish mission and vision, we are offering a range of opportunities next month. See below opportunities for the Breakfast Alpha Course, The Marriage Course, and Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Let's grow together this year.
As we get deeper into 2016, let's all keep praying for each other, that we will live in such a way that our diocesan (and parish) prayer will truly be fulfilled this year:
. . . that every person within the Church of the Resurrection will come to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way, grow in maturity as a disciple of Christ, become actively engaged in the full life of the Church, and joyfully utilize his or her gifts for the building up of the Kingdom of God and the salvation of souls. Amen!
(Begins Tuesday February 16 at 8:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall)
(Begins Wednesday February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall)
What is The Marriage Course? The Marriage Course gives couples the opportunity to take time to relax, eat, drink and invest in their relationship. There are seven sessions where couples enjoy a candlelit meal at a romantic table for two while listening to practical talks that are informative and fun. There is never any group work and you will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.
How The Marriage Course works: The Marriage Course is based around a romantic table for two giving you space to relax and chat over a candlelit meal. You’ll be given the time to talk on your own as a couple. Through your private discussions as a couple around specific topics, you will discover new things about your partner and grow in your understanding of each other.
Who is The Marriage Course for? The Marriage Course is for any couple who want to invest in their relationship, whether you’ve been together for one or sixty-one years and whether you feel you have a strong relationship or are struggling.
Why attend The Marriage Course? Regular checkups help a car run smoothly and reduce the risk of breakdown. It’s the same with marriage. A strong, loving and lifelong relationship doesn’t happen by chance. It takes effort and dedication to keep the fun and romance alive. We can all learn how to make even the happiest marriage better.
Where: Church of the Resurrection Parish Hall
When: 6:30pm-9:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17 – March 30
Contact: Chris and Teresa Spalding (517-482-5582 or email)
(begins Saturday February 13 in the New Life Center Conference Room)
Thanks to Dan Dowsett, who has agreed to facilitate the course, we are able to offer Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” for up to ten couples. The course will be held on Saturdays from February 13th to April 9th. For those who are struggling financially, I very much encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. The cost is $93 for the course. (Please let us know if you would need financial aid for this course, and we will do what we can to help you afford it.)
See the Generosity and Stewardship Page for more information.
During the summer, Fr. Steve preached about the importance of reading scriptures every day. For those who would like a bit of help in taking a bit of time each day, he developed a simple "30 Day Bible Challenge" with the Letter of St. James. Since then, he also developed one for 1 Thessalonians. Click the links below for more information about how the challenges work.