Pastor's Pen - September 2018

The Rev. Joanne Martindale

It is hard to believe that September is already upon us.

This fall begins the exciting process of the Mission Study. The Mission Study begins on Friday night, September 7, with a potluck from 6:00-­‐7:00 p.m. and the meeting following from 7:00-­‐9:00 p.m. I will bring Hawaiian chicken (enough for all) if you please bring appetizers, salads, side dishes, desserts and drinks.

Christie Sharpsteen (with Hope Partnership) will guide us with our understanding of the process for the Mission Study that will take place during the months of September and October. ALL congregation members are invited and encouraged to attend this important step which will ultimately help Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship know what direction to take in the future.

Following that meeting on Saturday, September 8, from 9:00-­‐3:00, Christie Sharpsteen will instruct the eight group leaders and Pastor Joanne about the Mission Study small group process. Christie will go over the structure, content and goals for the small groups.

My preaching throughout September and October will mirror some of the scriptures from the Mission Study which are:

1. Philippians 1:3-­‐11
2. Micah 6:6-­‐8
3. Matthew 28:18-­‐20

The FOUR sessions that will take place in small groups will have the following focus:

Session ONE: Marks of a Vital Congregation
Session TWO: Interpreting the New Beginnings Assessment
Session THREE: What it Means to be Missional
Session FOUR: Discerning our Future

Please do your very best to come to the small group that you commit to. In the next week, all leaders will be confirmed as well as the times and locations for the groups. Again, please select one group and stick with that group, if at all possible. If you are not able to attend one of
YOUR group sessions, please call another group leader to see when you can make up that particular session.

Thanks so much!! Pastor Joanne