This is the first installment of the bi-monthly e-newsletter. Very soon my words to you will include a brief video chat (around three minutes). This month we will have two separate filming sessions for that purpose.
In the meantime, click the following link for an audio sermon on our friendship in Christ: https://soundcloud.com/jake-owensby/friends-and-misfits. Friendship, as it turns out, is central to the vitality of our congregations. (The text is found at my blog Pelican Anglican. The link is beneath my signature below.)
In my reading about congregational vitality, I have come across two interesting short pieces on the web and shared them recently on Facebook (hint: friend me on FB).
The first of these is entitled "Autopsy of a Deceased Church" and, among other things, underscores the importance of a congregation's involvement in the surrounding community. You can read it by clicking this link: http://thomrainer.com/2013/04/24/autopsy-of-a-deceased-church-11-things-i-learned/.
The second piece on congregational vitality comes to us from the Diocese of Connecticut. It contains a list of 101 things to do to thrive as a congregation. Among them: pray more, meet a need, help a kid, worry less, play, and laugh. Check out the whole list (It's a quick read.) by clicking this link: https://www.ctepiscopal.org/News/newsView.asp?NewsId=40968154&NewsCategoryID=1
Continued Eastertide blessings......
In Christ's Love,