Last week our congregation started a month-long experiment, worshiping together with our friends from Summit Springs Community Church. Teams and individuals from both congregations worked hard to start the experiment with energy, passion, and excellence. Our worship services and gatherings were meaningful, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and moving. I'm filled with gratitude, and I want to thank everyone who helped out and everyone who participated.
Well, the experiment continues! This week we'll worship together again, and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism during our service on Sunday. At this moment I believe we have 8 people being baptized, ranging in age from infancy to the 70's! What an incredible way to celebrate the love of God through Jesus Christ!
Throughout the month of April we'll share worship services, and other activities as well. Summit Springs normally hosts an adult Bible Study on Wednesday evenings. They've moved the study to New Summit, and have made a slight time adjustment to meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., syncing with our Wednesday evening activities. Their Open Mic Night, offering an opportunity for artists of all kinds and expressions, will also be at New Summit on April 17.
At the same time, we (New Summit) continue to explore a number of possibilities that might help us to better fulfill our mission leading into the future. In a brainstorming exercise, leaders don't want to reject something without first evaluating it; and leaders don't want to accept something without first evaluating it. The process of evaluation and exploration continues, and of course you are welcome to participate. Please share your observations and questions with me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, I'm deeply grateful for the ways in which so many of you are approaching this process with enthusiasm and patience! I'm especially grateful for each of you who has found a new way to participate, as part of the process of exploring change. I'm looking forward to the wisdom and discernment that God will surely provide.