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Upcoming Events
OCT

17

TUE
Regional-Level Discernment Group (tentative date)
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Meet in the Parish Hall
OCT

18

WED
Finance Committee Mtg
5:15 PM to 5:45 PM
Meet in the Parish Hall. See Treasurer, Gary Niskala, for details.
Vestry Meeting
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meets in the Parish Hall
OCT

19

THU
Regional-Level Discernment Group (tentative date)
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Meet in the Parish Hall.
OCT

20

FRI
Co-Ed Friday Night AA Group
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meet in the Parish Hall.
OCT

21

SAT
Widows' Assocation
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meets in the Parish Hall
OCT

22

SUN
Choir Practice
8:45 AM to 9:15 AM
Special music will be practiced at 8:30am and the hymns of the day from 9-9:15am.
Sunday Worship Service
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II or Morning Prayer, Rite II
OCT

23

MON
Ladies' Monday Night AA Group
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Women Only. Meets in the Parish Hall.
Men's Monday Night AA Group
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Men Only. Meets in the Parish Hall.
OCT

24

TUE
Monthly Luncheon - Los Mariachi's
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
All are welcome for food and fellowship!
OCT

25

WED
Ministry Development Group Meeting
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Meet in Parish Hall. Brown bag luncheon. We'll be discussing/preparing for the Nov 12 Coffee Hour Encounter.
OCT

26

THU
Thursday Bible Study
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Explore the Old and New Testaments from an historic perspective. Meets at Marsh Cottage.
OCT

27

FRI
Co-Ed Friday Night AA Group
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meet in the Parish Hall.
OCT

29

SUN
Choir Practice
8:45 AM to 9:15 AM
Special music will be practiced at 8:30am and the hymns of the day from 9-9:15am.
Sunday Worship Service
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II or Morning Prayer, Rite II
OCT

30

MON
Ladies' Monday Night AA Group
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Women Only. Meets in the Parish Hall.
Men's Monday Night AA Group
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Men Only. Meets in the Parish Hall.
OCT

31

TUE
NOV

01

WED
Total Ministry

Total Ministry

Total Ministry is a term used to describe an overall approach to being "church." Since we believe that all the baptized are gifted by the Holy Spirit with spiritual gifts for the work of ministry, each church needs to strive to equip, encourage, and support its members in using those gifts in every area of their lives, both within and outside the "organized church." This radical, all-inclusive nature of the concept is the hardest aspect of understanding Total Ministry.

Leadership

Total Ministry is in nature. Instead of seeing the church's pastor as the congregation's sole "minister," all the members of a congregation are "partners in God's mission." Where in the past one person attempted to do the church's ministry on behalf of the entire community of believers, now a team of gifted people, ordained and lay, leads the community in developing, equipping, and sending ministry teams to carry out God's work.

Formation

Total Ministry approaches can be developed by a single congregation regardless of its size. They can also be formed by a cluster of neighboring churches or even an entire conference working together to support and encourage each other.

Shared Resources

Total Ministry relationships may include the sharing of programs, personnel, or other resources between congregations.

Goal

The overall goal of developing Total Ministry to extend the love of God to people outside the Church by involving a greater number of people in expanding ministry among members and in the greater community outside the congregation. Also, by linking stronger churches with weaker ones, we can help declining churches to renew their sense of mission and grow while encouraging stronger churches to take on more exciting ventures in ministry.