Marriage Emphasis Month
February is Marriage Emphasis Month. Consider how you can invest in your marriage. Please check out the tables in the lobby with information on marriage.
Upcoming Partner Vote
A special partner meeting has been called for our partners to approve the purchase of the Capital Press building and property. This meeting will occur during the 11:00 am service this Sunday, February 24, with absentee ballots available at all of the other services this weekend.
Beginning Wednesday, March 13 for seven weeks from 6:30–8:00 pm. This class is designed for the seriously dating or engaged couple. We will be covering communication, conflict resolution, family of origin issues and couple spirituality. You can sign up on our website or by emailing Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must sign up and take the assessment test prior to the class.
Keep Your Love On
Beginning Wednesday, March 13 for seven weeks. Our spring marriage class will use the book Keep Your Love On! from Loving on Purpose Ministries. This study reveals the higher, Jesus-focused standard defined by mature love. You can register for this class online, and the cost is $20.
Preparing for Adolescence
Sunday, March 10 from 4:00–6:30 pm in C2. Do you wonder how to talk to your kids about sex? Do you struggle with setting limits around technology? Preparing for Adolescence is a gathering to equip parents and their tweens (3rd through 5th graders). You can register here, and if you have any questions, email Stacy at email@example.com.
Feed Salem Shopping Lists Food Collection
Feed Salem is handing out shopping lists in the lobby and collecting food for distribution to our neighbors. Please bring your food contributions back by Sunday, March 10.
Friday, March 15 from 6:00–9:00 pm and Saturday, March 16 from 8:30 am–1:30 pm in Broadway Commons. Instead of being pulled by the world and culture, be transformed by new and renewed perspectives offered through teaching, discussion, worship and prayer. We will have several seminar sessions to choose from. Childcare is provided with a charge of $5 per child with a maximum payment of $15. Sign up online; the cost is $20 per person.
Sunday, February 24 at 12:15 pm in the Mongolia Room, 305.
Paul & Marie
Sunday, March 3 at 12:15 pm in the Africa Room, 303.
Sunday, March 3 at 12:30 pm in the Mexico Room, 304.
The most common questions I get from students are these: “What am I doing with my life?” “How do I keep my faith while all my friends are walking away?” And the common emotions surrounding these questions: Loneliness. Confusion. Doubt. Anxiety.
College age is not an easy time, and it seems that everyone is on the fringe of either thriving in their faith or walking away. The thing that I have found helps students push through these questions is community. For many students it isn’t usually one profound teaching or event that helps them lean into their faith. Instead, it is the consistent community of like-minded believers. One student, Abigail, reflected on her time in our college group and said this:
“I was really lost before I joined the college ministry. I felt like I was alone and had no trajectory in life. Joining college ministry helped me focus in on my faith and draw closer to God in a safe and loving environment. The college experience is full of stress and negativity and can often feel lonely as a believer. Being around people your age who believe the same things you believe is really powerful and impactful. This year I have learned so much about myself. God has taught me that I am loved and worthy, and He showed me that He will always take care of me.”
These students are full of questions, yet so committed and passionate about growing together in their faith.
Pastor of College Ministries
Opportunities to Serve
Serve with Connecting Ministries
Do you love helping people find their way? Do you enjoy computers and data entry? Do you have an eye for people who are lost? We’d love to have your help in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings once a month before either the 9:30 or 11:00 am service. For more information, contact Laurel at firstname.lastname@example.org.