Well, this morning my 3 sons all had their first few hours at school. I'm not sure I can really call it their "first day" of school. Carlon, my oldest, started grade 4. Noah, my middle guy, started grade 1. They both had to be at school from 9:00am - 11:00am... not exactly a full day! Iain, my youngest, had his "kindergarten interview" which lasted 30 minutes.
However, even if it was a short day, the Reid family has really and truly started into a new school year. And I know that that is the reality for other families at Zion. Whether you have kids or not, September brings about a "new start" as summer comes to an end.
The various ministries of our church also tend to run on a "school calendar". We have many ministries that take a break during the summer months but now they're getting started again. Be sure to take a look at the info listed below to find out about some of the ministries happening at Zion.
I'm very excited about this ministry year. We're trying something new - Lifetree Cafe - and I'm praying that it will have a big impact on our church. I'm also pumped about starting a sermon series on the book of Exodus, which I believe will help us discover more about the gospel of Jesus.
Plus, ministries such as our Soup Kitchen and Missional Communities will be going throughout the fall.
One ministry that isn't highlighted below is Zion's "Grow Zone", which is our Sunday morning classes for preschool to grade 9. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be working with Melinda Bahr and the church board to reorganize Grow Zone a bit so that we can do an even better job of teaching and caring for the kids in our church.
If you've got questions about what's happening at Zion please feel free to contact me by phone, email, or in person. My hope and prayer is that each and every one of us will grow closer to Jesus during this new ministry year.
Lifetree Cafe is a hour long "conversation cafe" - a place and time for people to gather weekly to experience stories and talk about thought-provoking topics relating to life and faith. We're launching Lifetree Cafes on September 18th at 7:00pm at the Elephant's Ear Coffee Shop.
Lifetree Cafes are designed so that everyone is welcome, regardless of beliefs. Individuals, couples, singles, students and families can all join in on the conversation. The purpose is to bring people together to explore important and intriguing life issues, serve the community and experience God through Jesus Christ.
Lifetree is a way for us, as a church, to seek to "reach people for Jesus." If you're interested in attending then talk to Pastor Brad (or just show up on a Monday evening!).
Missional Communities are meant to be more than your typical "Bible study". Don't misunderstand - studying the Bible is vitally important as we seek to follow Jesus. After all, the Bible is the primary way through which God has made Himself known to us.
However, our hope is that by getting involved in a Missional Community you'll be challenged to live out your faith more intentionally - by studying the Bible, praying for one another and our church, and by seeking ways to bless the community of Terrace (and beyond).
This fall there are communities meeting on Tuesdays (at the church) and on Thursdays (at Pastor Brad's house). Both are meeting at 7:30pm.
Plus, be watching for other groups that may be meeting more "sporadically" through the fall that focus on specific topics (such as parenting, marriage etc.).
This fall Sunday mornings at Zion will include a sermon series on the book of Exodus. We'll be exploring the historical account of how God delivered His people from slavery in Egypt. It is an amazing, captivating book that is filled with incredible stories.
We might tend to think of Exodus as a story from ancient history but, as we journey through it, we'll see that it is still incredibly relevant to our lives today. Our exploration of Exodus will help us to know God better, to understand His redemption better, to understand His mission better and give us practical ways to live out our faith on a daily basis.
Or, to summarize, ,Exodus will help us to better understand the gospel of Jesus!
Our Exodus series will also include times for feedback and discussion so come ready to learn, ask questions and discover more of who Jesus is!
As a church we're committed to helping the needy in our community. Zion's Soup Kitchen operates on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:30. There is a dedicated group of kichen helpers but we're always happy to have more people help cook, serve and clean up at the soup kitchen.
Zion is also an active member of the Terrace Churches' Food Bank, which is open one week/month to provide food for families and individuals in Terrace.
We've also partnered with other organizations in Terrace, such as Ksan House, to provide much needed help for the homeless in our city.
If you're interested in getting involved in some of the ways in which we're "showing the love of Jesus through action" then be sure to talk to Pastor Brad.
The 4 areas that have been highlighted in this newsletter are just a few of the ways you can get connected to Zion's Christ-centered family. The list of other ministries includes things such as ushers, greeters, musicians, teachers, media techs, sound engineers, "makers of coffee", "provider of goodies"... really, the list goes on and on and on...
So... why not find a way to get involved at Zion? It is a great way to connect with others and to discover more about Jesus!