Next Stated Meeting
Date: May 20, 2014
Time: 9 am Registration/10 am Meeting Begins
Place: First Presbyterian Church of Statesboro
Your Action Step: Please elect your Commissioners ASAP and email to Presbytery
Handbook will be uploaded to Events -> Stated & Called Meetings in early May
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Happy New Year!
As we begin a new year, I am suggesting a theme in 2014 for our presbytery, “Using Our Connections, Growing Together and Working in Ministry and Mission.” This springs off of our last year’s theme, “Connecting and Reconnecting.” I believe we have made a great start throughout Savannah Presbytery in establishing, building, and rebuilding relationships. However, this is not where we are to stop. It is not just about us, it is about God’s mission for God’s church. What are the things we can work together on that will help in bringing in God’s Kingdom here in southeast Georgia? How can we grow together in our faith?
I would suggest that this theme could be the focus of our 2014 breakout sessions at our Stated Meetings. Our Teams should lead the way in thinking about how and what we can do in this hour, or so, three times a year that will perhaps drop a spark that can glow and ignite our presbytery in new ways, as we look outside of our individual lives, congregations and teams. Collaboration and cooperation can be part of that new way of thinking here.
One particular area that I would point us to, as we begin, is that of the opportunities we have in our connections with the General Assembly and its 1001 New Worshiping Communities. We have a wonderful start in Swainsboro with Igelsia Latina, now officially one of these 1001 communities. Where else, what else and who else might we look at: the homeless, college kids in our bounds, racial ethnic/multicultural groups, the hungry, the aging, the children??
There may be needs, just as we happened on to the need in Swainsboro.
There are still opportunities with our smaller churches for revitalization and clustering for ministry. How can we work together to better use property, that has been heretofore been home for a congregation which now has difficulty in paying a mortgage or keeping up the maintenance? Are there needs and desires for congregations to pool resources together in perhaps a new environment?
There is much to do and it is our time to begin. The Presbytery Council will be retreating soon with the purpose of looking at possibilities as individuals, as members of ministry teams, and as Savannah Presbytery in how we may begin to cast a new vision, which God has already called us to, as we move into the future as Savannah Presbytery.
This is indeed an exciting time to be living in these days of God calling us to new beginnings! Stay tuned.
Grace and Peace!