From the Community

From the Community

Your congregation is invited to submit events and happenings for this webpage.

From the Community highlights non-Center sponsored activities in the community that may be of interest to congregations in your area and throughout the state. Items are posted on the website, and a monthly email goes out to congregations.

The news items in this community collection are not Center sponsored. The information posted does not imply a Center for Congregations endorsement of those products, companies or services. We can accept only one item per congregation each month, and announcements must have a broad, general public interest. We will consider each submission, but not all can be included due to space, timing and content.


New Public Event

From the Community

“Embracing an Adult Faith,” a five-week series focusing on a book with the same name by Marcus J. Borg, will be held at Cumberland First Baptist Church, 116 S. Muessing St., Cumberland, beginning Sunday, Feb. 2 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and continuing through Sunday, March 1, 2020. This series is for anyone who is exploring and sorting out their meaning of faith. In “Embracing an Adult Faith” Borg revisits Christianity's most fundamental questions: Who is God? What does salvation mean? What place does Jesus hold in contemporary Christian faith?
IF Gathering is a live, women's simulcast with various well-known Christian speakers and worship leaders. Women ages 13 years old and up are invited to worship and fellowship with women in the community. This is a one day event that will include breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks. Ladies will receive a gift as well as chances to win door prizes. This year the speakers will be covering Romans 8 as their topic, focusing entirely on the person of Jesus. For more information and to register, check out the web link.
Having a plan of prevention and response can make your church a more difficult target and can help reduce harm if violence occurs. This event is for churches with security programs; churches without security programs; ministry staff; church leadership; children’s ministry volunteers; greeters/ushers; security team members. Topics covered are building assessments; greeter training; safety team; armed response for violent acts; avoid, deny, defend; until help arrives. Ed Sanow, IDES (International Disaster Emergency Services) director of training, leads this workshop.
The American Red Cross Shelter Operations Simulation establishes an environment for participants to practice the knowledge they learned after completing the Shelter Fundamentals course. It is a “hands on” skills-based simulation. Participants work in teams that rotate through skills stations based on the four phases of the Sheltering Process presented in the course: resourcing, opening, operating and closing a shelter. Participants should plan to arrive early as the session starts promptly. Lunch is included. There is no cost to participate.
Fresh Expressions is a model of outreach especially for churches that are seeking to be more missional. It is one of the most effective ways for a church to reach and disciple persons who have no interest in attending a church. It is a model that can be initiated by as few as a single person and it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of money. It is a model that all sizes of churches can do, and in all ministry contexts.
The One Day Event for leaders/pastors of college and young adult ministries is a simple concept that came out of a partnership between Saddleback Church and Cru. This event provides space for shared learning and authentic connection with those reaching out to those in this critical life stage. The engaging nature of these hours together can help build a community of relationships, while addressing needed topics in a growth-rich environment. All are welcome.
All are welcome to join local musicians and writers as they delve into songwriting for the church season of Lent. This two-day retreat will be focused on writing from liturgy and scripture. The event will include meals, fellowship, and collaboration with local professional, amateur, and aspiring songwriters. All experience and skill levels welcome! This retreat is all about discovering a vibrant creative community, creating a sacred space to engage in various artistic disciplines and communing a sacred space to be with God.
All are invited to join Marke Church for a high-impact morning of leadership training covering topics of elder governance, healthy teams, forward thinking, and executing change effectively. This event is Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:30am-12:00pm. Developing the Staff and Elder Team is a leadership workshop with Gary Johnson, executive director of e2: effective elders.
All are welcome to this dynamic, live conference. Participants will hear from couples married from 6 months to over 40 years, who will share tips and techniques one can apply to make an exception marriage. Topics include how to create a vision for marriage, finding God's purpose for your marriage, overcoming challenges in communication, establishing financial peace, and more.
The Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program is seeking applications for its 7th cohort. April 24, 2020 is the deadline. Information and applications are available January 6-April 24, 2020. Pastors within the program meet five times a year for two years to engage with civic leaders around issues shaping our local communities. Session topics include: community well-being, changing economy, immigration/demography, education, poverty, justice and more.