Hello brothers & sisters of CMF,
I hope you all had a great holiday! I'm thankful for the rest and ready for the blessings of 2015.
This Sunday we begin a new sermon series called Covenant & Commitment: A Four-Week Series on Covenant Membership. The PLT and Worship Team have been planning and looking forward to this series since the middle of last year. We are adapting an approach used by a fellow MCUSA church to institute what is known as covenant membership, a form of church membership that is renewed annually.
We are setting aside four weeks to understanding the idea of a biblical covenant and its implications for church membership, as we seek to be a committed local (Anabaptist) expression of Christ in the New River Valley. As you may know, we currently have no formal membership. Yet we believe there are great benefits to having an active form of membership in place, and that it will help our church grow deep and wide in the future.
You can read the series overview here. Remember that if you miss a Sunday, you can listen to the sermons here at our site. Stay tuned for more details.
Finally, the last Sunday of the series (Feb 1st) we will conclude with a covenant membership signing ceremony, communion, and then potluck. I hope you can be there for this special day. Please let me know if you have any questions. Email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you consider CMF your church family, please do all that you can not to miss this series. I truly believe that the Covenant & Commitment series marks an entrance into a new chapter here at our church. This series carries with it the potential for us to draw closer to one another and to turn our gaze upon the Lord's plan for CMF this year and those to follow, as we seek to make disciples and be a faithful gospel witness in our community.
I'm praying for all of you as we enter a new year, and a new day, filled with Kingdom opportunities.