Before each charge conference in the fall, I read the “State of the Church” report. Last year, amidst all the other commonalities and delights, there was a surprise. Five different local churches reported that IMPACT, our annual mission celebration, had so shaped their lives that they were doing a new mission, doing mission differently, or had developed a new understanding of what it is to witness that their congregation’s life was reshaped in a big (and positive) way. That’s huge: and those were only the churches that described that result.
SO: this year’s IMPACT celebration is this coming afternoon Sunday, APRIL 22, 2018 at Johnston Community College. We’ll have food, activities for children of all ages including gaga ball and corn hole provided by our UM Camp and Retreat Ministries, breakout sessions on a variety of topics where you can collaborate with others passionate about mission that you are interested in and/or engaged in. We’ll conclude with a powerful worship service where we will celebrate the many ways that God is making an IMPACT in the life of our church.
Just like missions continually develop this year’s IMPACT will feature something different from last year: two hands-on mission opportunities (RISE Against Hunger and assembling Health Kits), an ability to learn about youth ministry in a smaller membership church, how to DO mission yourselves, and more!
Each church is asked to send $64 to pay for the packing of 100 meals, a way we IMPACT hunger and each church has been asked to collect items needed to assemble health kits.
When you think about 2018—or write that report—think of how this missional offering of The Capital District can reshape the mission life of your church.
I look forward to seeing you there!
IMPACT. APRIL 22. JOHNSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
For more information and to register to attend visit: https://capitaldistrictnc.org/impact-2018/
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