Coming up at Mulberry!

There’s much coming up at Mulberry Street UMC!

Rather than focus on one thing this week, I want to highlight several opportunities coming up. All of these are great opportunities to invite friends and family members to visit with you.

Back to School Blessing Sunday: coming up this Sunday, August 14, we will have a special time of blessing for the new school year. During our worship, we will offer a Blessing of the Backpacks for our students and educators, give out third grade Bibles, and have parts of the service led by our children and youth. This will include performances by our children who will share with us the songs they learned during Vacation Bible School, helping to lead us in worship. I look forward to seeing you at church!

Don’t forget! This also includes a school-supply drive! More information can be found here.

Youth Kick-Off event: also coming up this Sunday, August 14, is the youth kick-off event at my home. We’re excited to welcome our youth to our house, serve them dinner, and play the Shoe Game. This is a great opportunity to invite friends to come and see what’s happening with Mulberry Youth. They’ve had a great summer of learning and playing together and, with our time together Sunday evening, we kick-off the next season of learning and growing together.

Let us know you plan to come so we can be prepared with food! Be sure to sign up by Friday – SIGN UP HERE!

On-boarding: on Wednesday, August 17, the church will be led twice in an on-boarding experience by Anne Borsarge, Director of Leadership Strategies and Local Church Resources for the South Georgia Annual Conference. This is a crucial part of the listening and learning that I and our staff are doing as we transition in. That afternoon, the staff will spend time with Anne learning about each other so that we can grow together as a team. Then, starting at 5:30 p.m., everyone from the church is invited to participate in a facilitated conversation where we will have the chance to learn from each other and I will continue my process of prayerfully listening.

Let us know that you plan to come so we can be prepared with food! Dinner will be an $8 boxed meal from Chick-fil-a, with standard and vegetarian options. Please make reservations by Thursday – SIGN UP HERE!

As a part of prayerfully listening, I am often asking God these days, “ok, what’s next?” when thinking through leading our church. As we focus on our mission to share the heart of God from the heart of downtown Macon, I invite you to join me in that prayer, as we together seek God’s plans for mission and ministry here at Mulberry. When we put mission and ministry first, acknowledging that we exist as a church to make the love of God known, I have no doubt God will do through us more than we could ask or imagine.

– Ted

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