Introducing Our New Weekly Bulletin-Newsletter
Scripture tells us creation began with communication.
The opening chapter of Genesis describes how God spoke existence into being. The Gospel of John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Language, speech, and communication are woven into the very fabric of creation, and when we pay attention to our words, we honor not only creation but the God who created it.
Over the last few years we’ve been paying attention to our rhythms of communication here at the church, shifting more of it online while continuing to provide a monthly mailing and weekly mailings for those who request it. We’ve seen many positives to these changes, but we’ve also noticed that some things have fallen through the cracks. For one, we’ve gotten feedback that it’s difficult to keep up with what’s happening in parts of the church where we might not have regular contact.
Several weeks back I announced we would be making some changes to address these concerns, and this past Sunday we introduced a new worship bulletin-newsletter.
In this new weekly bulletin-newsletter, you’ll find the information you’ve come to expect in previous bulletins and weekly emails all in one place, along with additional information from goings-on around the church. You’ll also notice a refreshed welcome page at the front that draws attention to resources for guests, those with children, and—as a direct result of our new servant team for accessibility—those with disabilities.
Following the bulletin is a new “Opportunities to Respond” section. Here you’ll find a few bullet points each week of ways you can respond to what we’ve experienced together in worship through acts of prayer or service here at the church and around the community. We hope this will remind us all that we are not sent “from” at the end of worship as much as we are send “to.”
From there you’ll find the weekly calendar and upcoming events, and then news and announcements from different parts of the church, ranging from children and youth ministries to missions and spiritual formation. Finally, in the back there will be a weekly column most often written by me.
Hard copies of this new bulletin-newsletter will continue to be mailed to those who currently have requested weekly mailings. PDF versions will also be posted to the church website in case you happen to miss a Sunday. We’ll also continue to send the weekly email.
I’m excited about these new changes, especially how they will allow us to expand upon our welcome and offer opportunities to respond as we depart. I also look forward to the ways this renewed access to information from different areas of mission and ministry will foster new engagement and relationships.
We will continue to tweak the formatting, and welcome your feedback as we do. I’d also like to give a special thanks to Connie Pursiful and Pam Pilcher in the church office, who have made these changes possible and met the challenge of learning a new schedule and design program with incredible grace.
Communication matters and so does what we do as a church. It’s my great hope that these new rhythms will help us honor both.