WELCOME THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
Lewinsville has a unique opportunity to host 12 students from the University of Maine for a week. The students will be staying in the Youth Center and using the kitchen March 1-8. The college students will spend their Spring Break working with Alternative House, specifically with their teen program. Additionally, Redeemer Lutheran has partnered with us in hosting this group as they have offered our use of their showers. Please join us in welcoming this great group of students.
ADULT CLUB LUNCHEON - MARCH 16
Join others interested in fellowship and learning on Sunday, March 16, at 12:30 p.m. at Four Provinces Restaurant in Falls Church, at the corner of Broad Street and Lee Highway. Call Jean or Charlie Mertz, 703-356-9251, to r.s.v.p. and for directions.
STRATEGIC PLANNING GROUP PLANS CONGREGATION-WIDE SURVEY
One of the first effects of the Draft Strategic Plan will be a congregational survey to determine what gifts and skills God has brought to our congregation in its members and friends. What are people in our congregation passionate about? What do they do best? How are they interested in pursuing ministry within and beyond our congregation? The Strategic Planning Group presented this idea at the recent Session retreat. The Session heartily endorsed it. The Strategic Planning Group and the Session understand that a wonderfully crafted strategic plan will go nowhere unless there are dedicated, capable, generous disciples to carry out the congregation’s ministry. As our weekly worship bulletin indicates, the ministers of Lewinsville are the members of the congregation. The survey will inventory the gifts, skills and interests of the congregation. The results will be compiled in a new church database made possible with expanded church management software. Such an inventory will ease the recruitment of disciples for ministries for which they are particularly gifted and interested. It is hoped that this survey can be completed in face-to-face interviews early next spring. The Session will be asked to appoint a Survey Oversight Group to develop and oversee the survey project, including developing the survey instruments, recruiting and training interviewers, compiling and analyzing the information received, and giving guidance on how to best utilize the information for Christ’s ministry. Watch for more information in the new year.
February 27, 2014