On November 9th, the agents of The Journey gathered for a covert meeting and to hear the next stage of the mission...
Paul kicked off the meeting some some details about current things happening at The Journey and thanking everyone. We - The Journey - are nothings without you agents. You are the backbone. Paul also gave a financial update and asked all agents to participate in supporting The Journey as things are tight right now. We had some of lowest giving over the last 3 months and fall is our highest expense time of the year. We put on a spending freeze and we trimmed the budget but we also need to increase giving. He talked about encouraging other agents and people along the way and helping them to take next steps and participate. Mark led a discussion and contest. Some people won great prizes...donuts! Mark discussion as about volunteers and how all are all a piece in the puzzle of carrying out the vision. Then there was a video...
Matt shared about relationships. Do you have someone's back? Who has your back? Relationships are an important part of what we do. We talk about 3 key relationships: with God, with other journeyers and with people who don't know God. We hope we are pushing you on a journey to have a relationship with Jesus and to look beyond yourself to others. We design our steps (like groups, Next Steps Night, volunteering and so on) to help you get to a point where you connect with Jesus on your own and where you are missional to look to the needs of others. We can't we just be all about me and God? We looked at 1 John 4, especially verse 12 - if we really want to know God and His love in our life, it doesn't come for a discussion or study (not that those aren't good and helpful) - His love is compete in us when we love others. So that is why we talk about the 3 relationships - there is a unique connect of other relationship with others and our connection with Jesus. We want the agency to be helpful in training but also for you to take next steps with God. We are all busy but if we really want to love God, we need to look beyond ourselves and love others and share God's love and hope. What if we took time to look beyond yourself to share some encouragement with someone at work, to bring someone a meal, or to even help rake with someone in your neighborhood even if it's only for 10 minutes - it will be meaningful for them and it can be spiritual for you.
We ended the evening breaking into our volunteer groups for specific training. Look for other details for your team meetings if you missed.
411 - Here are a few things to make note of...
Baptism Meeting - Nov 22
Christmas Project - Starts on Nov 22 We will be doing something in Kenya and a new project in West Michigan
We will have some Christmas Invites - Christmas is a great time to invite some to church.
-Dec. Series: Let it Be Christmas (Yes Beatles and Christmas)
-Christmas Eve is coming on Dec 24 - duh- we will have a service at 5 pm. This is a great opportunity to invite someone to The Journey. Look for invite cards.