Hi Genesis Class,
On Sunday, we continued our discussion about the proposed mosque near Ground Zero. FYI, Good Morning America (on channel 8) is doing a series of segments this week about being Muslim in America. I saw the segment yesterday at about 7:45. I missed it today... Yesterday's segment had a young Muslim man being interviewed. He made a number of points which we had discussed in class, including trying to delineate between the "us" (moderates of all faiths) and the "them" (the extremists, also of all faiths). He was also asked about the violence in the Qur'an and pointed out, as we also discussed, that there is violence in the holy books of all faiths. I'm not sure how long the series of segments will run, but it will probably be on at least through tomorrow.
This Sunday, Daniel and Kimmie Pruessner will be leading our class discussion, as Catherine will be conducting focus group meetings for the Strategic Visioning Committee for the church. Michael and Amy Hammer will be attending the focus group meeting at 11 this Sunday, representing our Sunday School class. The following questions will be discussed during the session:
1. What are your needs that the church is fulfilling? (what are we doing that we should continue?)
2. What are your needs that the church is not fulfilling? (what should we start doing? Is there anything we should stop doing?)
3. What are the unmet needs you see within our church community or the community at large?
4. What needs would you want FUMCR to meet if unlimited time and resources existed? (Dream BIG!)
If you have a specific answer to one or all of these questions that you would like for the Hammers to present to the focus group, please email them before Sunday morning. ( firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com ). Now is the time to speak up, as the church determines what our focus should be for the next 5-10 years!
J's & C's:
Keep the Weidenbach family in your thoughts and prayers, as Bryan's father passed away last week.
Slate May’s brain surgery is scheduled for September 29. He will stay in the hospital for several days, along with Heath & Courtney. They feel fortunate to be able to have the procedure done here in Dallas. Please pray for them and look for emails about how we can be helpful to them.
I forgot to ask about other Joys and Concerns in class last Sunday, so if you have any that you'd like to share, feel free to respond to this email.
See you all Sunday,