12 noon Wednesday Worship with Communion
followed by The Largest Table Community Meal
5:30pm New Stewardship Team
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
5:00pm Body & Soul meeting
6:30pm Healing Broken Circles
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
5:00-10:00pm Body & Soul
SUNDAY, MAY 1
9:00am Adult Christian Education
Bill Easum DVD on Church Growth:
Turning Lay People into Lay Leaders?
6th Sunday of Easter
Christian Download for Children
Dear Members and Friends of St John’s,
2016 is the “Year of Daring Greatly” at St John’s! We are confident in God’s call to our church to birth our new future and to proclaim the Gospel anew to another generation. Won’t you join us on this spiritual journey of a lifetime?
Many of you attended the three seminars and many group meetings two weekends ago with our national church growth consultant, Rev Dr Bill Easum. For the past few months, we have been engaged in research and study with Dr Easum to chart a path forward for St John’s into our next era of mission and ministry in the city of Columbus.
Dr Easum’s organization, www.effectivechurchgroup.com, has worked with over 1,000 churches over the past 40 years. Dr Easum has written many books, and our leadership has been studying Unfreezing Moves: Following Jesus into the Mission Field. We were challenged, and blessed, in our time with this national expert! Dr Easum told us “the truth in love,” as he called us to new ways of being church in a rapidly changing culture.
In just two short weeks, we have entered a remarkable new era of growth at St John’s. In just a very brief time since Dr Easum’s visit, our leadership has approved the transformative (and necessary) recommendations he made, and we have begun implementing those recommendations. In the next few months, you will witness our congregation transforming into our new future, and it promises to be an exciting journey!
New life and energy blossomed in our congregation two weeks ago, and since then we have -- sponsored a child’s baptism, prepared new families for church membership, served lunch to hundreds of our homeless and marginally housed neighbors, participated in uplifting worship together, engaged in prophetic witness at the Ohio Statehouse, ventured into new outreach and media activities, strengthened our relationship with the City, found a creative solution to our parking needs – all while listening for our still speaking God, who is calling us to “fear not”!
The kind of transformation we have undertaken at St John’s is breathtaking, awe inspiring, and filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. We invite you to participate in this remarkable spiritual adventure with us! Please join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30am, and please pray for us daily as we seek to transform our church, and our city, through our faith, our work, and our witness.
With abundant HOPE for our transformative future,