I want to take time to remind everyone that Lindenwood C.C. will be hosting the Tennessee Disciples Regional Assembly. While I know we have been posting the advertisement in our newsletter, I want to encourage everyone to attend. There is also a pre-assembly event at the Civil Rights Museum. If you have never been to the Civil Right Museum, I can tell you personally it was a very moving experience to go through the museum. I wonder what it would be like to take the tour again with folks from our church and hear your stories since you lived through some of the events the various displays in the museum describe? Also, Dr. Terri Hord-Owens, General Minister and President of the Disciples of Christ will be speaking at the regional assembly. I had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Owens over a year ago at a minister’s meeting in Nashville. I found some of her statements about the future direction that our denomination needs to take to be very encouraging and energizing.
Our attendance for the regional assembly is important. It is important because to turn out and attend is to care enough about who we are as a regional church, desiring to express our witness of unity, and demonstrate the movement of the Holy Spirit in us. There are times when the real demonstration of our unity in Christ must be shown in our physical presence. Let me borrow again from the story of King Josiah which we used this pass Sunday for the message. 2 Chronicles 34:30 states, “The king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priest and the Levites, all the people both great and small…” Such a passage depicts a powerful scene of God’s people responding to a time and opportunity of renewal. It wouldn’t have been a powerful scene if just Josiah and a few priests went to the temple to seek renewal. I hope you will see the regional assembly as a great opportunity for a couple of reasons. It is being held in our own backyard so to speak. Dr. Hoard-Owens is still relatively new as our general minister and president and it will be a chance to experience her vision and leadership. Plus, there is an opportunity to find out what activities are taking place in our sister churches that might be applicable to our ministry. Book the date for the regional assembly, October 12-13.
It’s All about Him!