Sorry for the late update this week. Last Sunday, Cale led a class discussion which started on the topic of gender roles in church leadership positions, and we ended up a few other topics along those lines. It is always fun to see where our discussions go when we all get in on the conversation! Cale got the topic idea from a publication called 'Faithlink: Connecting Faith and Life', which is a weekly publication with some interesting topics, so we may pull ideas from it again for future classes.
For the next 8 class meetings, starting this Sunday, we will be going through a series pepared by Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist minister, called, "Confronting the Controversies." The Welborns will be facilitating the topic for conversation for the next two weeks, and then Heath May will be facilitating on October 25.
We will probably poll the class to see how many plan on attending on Nov 1 (day after halloween) and Nov 29 (Sunday after Thanksgiving), so the Confronting the Controversies topics will probably take us through December.
As you read in Cale's message yesterday, we will be participating in a church-wide discussion on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations starting on January 10. If you are willing or able to attend a two hour training session (as a representative for the Genesis Class) on October 24, please let Cale know as soon as possible. They will be out of town that weekend, but we need someone to pick up the materials from the training session. As Cale mentioned, going to the training session does not obligate you actually teach all of the lessons... :)
We had a few concerns expressed this week:
Amy Welborn has been/will be travelling a bit, so pray for safe travels for Amy, and that Cale doesn't miss her too much...
Cale's brother is enduring some personal struggles.
Courtney May's grandmother has 2 friends who are not doing well.
Eric Hurt will be hunting this weekend.