Workshop on Congregational Care Coming to Normal
Stephen Ministry National Speaker-Trainer to Present
[February 13, 2008] NORMAL -- On March 1, Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal will host a Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshop. This workshop is sponsored by Stephen Ministries, the St. Louis-based Christian organization that has been providing congregations with training and resources for Christian care-giving for more than 30 years. The half-day workshop kicks off at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m.
The day will be led by Pam Montgomery, who has equipped thousands of leaders at Stephen Ministries' training events since 1993. A graduate of Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, she has been a leader in several professional capacities at both large and small companies and has served as both a staff person and a lay leader in a congregation. She has a keen ability to speak from the heart and connect with her audience in a powerful way.
Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshops provide participants with an opportunity to sample Stephen Ministry training, learn how the Stephen Series works and find out how to bring Stephen Ministry to churches currently not involved in the program. Calvary UMC is one of 10,000 Stephen Ministry congregations worldwide. It will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the organization in the fall of this year.
Stephen Ministry has a long track record of meaningful congregational care. Dottie Frank, Calvary UMC member and longtime Stephen Ministry volunteer explained, "People are hurting and they need somebody to share their hurts with. They can do it safely through Stephen Ministry because it is confidential."
Founded in 1960, Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal is one of the fastest-growing congregations in the twin cities, with an average Sunday worship attendance of 775. Calvary is located at the corner of Raab Road and Towanda Avenue in north Normal. For more information on Calvary and the Stephen Series Workshop, visit www.cumcnormal.org or call the church office, 309-452-5413.
[Text from file received from Josh Barnett, Calvary United Methodist Church]
Lenten Mission and WATCH Retreat
[February 09, 2008] Holy Family Church, 316 S. Logan, has two special events scheduled later this month.
Lenten Mission will be presented Feb. 19-21 by Father Joseph Cox of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana.
A "We Are The Church" weekend renewal retreat will be Feb. 22-24.
The church phone number is 732-4019.
[Announcement received from Holy Family Church]
Lenten Services Begin at Zion Lutheran on Wednesday
[February 05, 2008] Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln will have Lenten worship services beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through March 12. The worship services begin at 7 p.m.
Lenten suppers will be served in the church's Education Building from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
Zion is located at 205 Pulaski St. For more information, contact the church office at 732-3946.
[Text from file received from Steve and Jan Schumacher]
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