opportunities for this special year
Dwelling in the Word – Scripture Study Challenge
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edge sword…”
While we rejoice in our physical “dwelling” as a congregation, we remember that scripture is our foundation. Youth & Education would like to challenge members to celebrate this anniversary by attending more deeply to our foundation by spending 25 minutes more per week in studying scripture. For some, this might mean an additional five minutes a day in their private time with scripture. For others, it might mean joining one of our weekly studies. Once a month, the Sunday Adult Education group will be dedicated as an open forum for people to share and lift up the texts that they’ve found particularly meaningful or challenging in their studies.
Extending Conversations with God – An Invitation to Prayer
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer is also an integral part of our faith formation. Youth & Education is also challenging members to spend 25 more minutes a week in prayer. For some, this might mean intentionally taking extra time throughout the week. During the first part of the year, we supported this important invitation with a weekly Simply Prayer group. During Lent, we focused on the “Streams in the Desert” prayer journey. As spring gives way to summer, if you would like to be part of a formal prayer chain please contact the church office.
Blood Drive Participation Challenge
“Behold what you are. Become what you receive.”
One way this invitation to communion, when we receive bread and wine as the body and blood of Christ, is lived out by Shepherd of the Mountains is rather literal. We give blood! For many years, we have joined with United Blood Services to host regular blood drives, helping provide a safe and ample blood supply for those in need. Our 25th anniversary year is about celebrating the work God does through us and renewing our commitment to putting our faith in action. At each blood drive in 2017, we would like to see 25 representatives of the congregation participate. This might mean working at the welcome desk, donating blood, or sending a “surrogate donor” in your place.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be.
Finding a home was a major part of our journey as a congregation, and finding housing continues to be a struggle for many in our greater Jackson community. Teton Habitat is one of the non-profits working directly on this issue, building homes and apartments. As individual parishioners, we can put our faith into action and volunteer on most Saturdays with Teton Habitat. As a congregation, in honor of our anniversary, we will be the main work force on the three Saturday builds that fall on the 25th day of the month. We also hope to support Teton Habitat financially through our 25th Anniversary Fund.