The Value of Community

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Dear Christ Church Family,

Don’t miss this Sunday’s community Kick-Off!

One of our core values is “Community,” with two main congregational expressions: gathering for Sunday worship and gathering mid-week in small groups. Together, by God’s grace, we are learning to love God and each other, celebrate together and bless our world through hospitality, witness and service. Christ Church values the diversity of backgrounds, gifts, cultures and generations in the family of God.

For more than twenty years I’ve been in some kind of small group community.  I can’t imagine life without the relationships, spiritual growth and opportunities for service and outreach that have meant so much to me in those groups. It’s always required intentional choice, sometimes a costly one, but consistently worth it and irrevocably formative. This Sunday at our Kick-Off you can explore small group involvement for the coming year. After each service we will have a Backyard Party with ice cream, fun for the kids (a petting zoo!), music, and tables for you to visit and explore small group opportunities.

One of the most formative group experiences millions of people worldwide have ever had is through something called “Alpha.” This is an overview of the Christian faith, ideal for anyone seeking, skeptical, or simply in need of a refresher. I find myself greatly encouraged by frequently returning to gospel foundations. There will be an Alpha table at the Backyard Partyafter each service where you can learn more. This could be just the right moment for you or a seeking/curious friend to have a fresh encounter with Jesus.

Peace,

Cliff+

P. S. I want to speak a word of gratitude, sadness, and honor in memory of my colleague (and fellow Longhorn) Fr. Thomas McKenzie, who with his daughter was killed in an auto accident while driving her to college earlier this week. You might know his name from his book we’ve used for our Confirmation Class, The Anglican Way. One of his dear friends is musician and author Andrew Peterson, who wrote this beautiful remembrance. Carpe diem.