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RENEWAL 2019

Summer 2019 promises to be a season of renewal for the LVPC Family!

The theme for the summer is "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction."  The Christian life is about pressing on to follow after Christ, year in and year out.  But we need rest, encouragement, and renewal along the way.

God built the principle of "sabbath" into creation.  One day in seven is to be a day of rest.  Likewise, the Law provided sabbath years (one in seven), and the Jubilee (one in fifty years). 

Jesus would take his disciples away to quiet places for rest, reflection, renewal.

In this spirit, the Session has granted Pastor Davidson a season of Sabbatical for Summer 2019, with pastoral renewal activities funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment (May 19 - August 18).  

The congregation, under the care of the Session and pulpit supply Rev. Jim Bailiff, will engage in exciting renewal activities as well, also with funding from the grant!  

Watch this page for developing details!  

 

 

Adult Sunday School for Congregational Renewal 

The sabbatical theme, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction," comes from the title of a book by beloved Presbyterian pastor, theologian, and author Eugene Peterson, on the fifteen psalms of pilgrimage (or "Psalms of Ascent," Psalm 120 - 134).  Pastor Grady and the congregation, though separated for the season, will take a spiritual journey through these Psalms, one per week, throughout the 15 weeks of sabbatical.  Adult Sunday School, taught by pulpit supply Rev. Jim Bailiff, will introduce one Psalm per week, using Peterson's book as a starting point.  Each class participant will receive a copy of the book.  Eugene Peterson completed his earthly pilgrimage on October 22 of last year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congregational Renewal Event #1 -- Teen Challenge Sunday -- June 9

On June 9 in 10:00 a.m. Worship service, the men and women of Teen Challenge will be our special guests leading us in music and in testimony about the ministry of Teen Challenge.  

 

Congregational Renewal Event #2 -- Senior Salt Impact Hymn Sing -- July 7.  This morning's event (10:00 a.m. worship service) will be modelled upon a ministry by the same name held regularly at The Billy Graham Training Center.  Hosted by Ron Whittemore, the morning will focus on the joyful singing of beloved traditional hymns and choruses, intermingled with inspiring Scripture passages and interesting stories behind some of the songs.  Wear your red, white and blue!  This holiday weekend will also feature some favorite patriotic hymns of God and  Country.  

 

Congregational Renewal Event #3 -- Operation Christmas Child "Full Circle" speaker and presentation -- July 28, 10:00 a.m.   Come hear Livia Young tell her story of how a simple shoebox gift changed her life when she was a child in an orphanage in Romania.  This event will include a congregational dinner.  Call the church for details.  

 

 

 

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