We will begin the next session of Making the Connection on Wednesday, September 19, and the session will last for six consecutive Wednesdays. First Wayne Street has developed a program of Wednesday evening activities that we call “Making the Connection.” The program is designed to nurture and facilitate each person’s faith journey, and members’ family and friends are always welcome! We offer six-week and eight-week short-term sessions on Wednesday afternoons and evenings in Fall I, Fall II, Winter, and Spring sessions that serve a wide variety of interests for all ages. Making the Connection provides a comfortable, loving atmosphere to adults, youth, and children, giving everyone opportunities to find ways in which to experience God’s presence and enhance our own and each other’s faith journeys. Adult activities include a variety of offerings from Bible study and book discussions to painting, gardening, crafts, quilting, and more. Youth activities provide a gathering time for study and fellowship. Children’s activities combine lesson time, crafts, games, and music.
Ann Carnes will offer her wonderful painting class from 1:00 to 4:00 pm – please note that her class starts on September 5, earlier than the rest of Making the Connection programming. Even if you have never held a paintbrush, you are welcome to join the class – you may discover talent you didn’t even know you had! The class paints with watercolor, acrylic, regular oil paint, heat-set oil paint, and even pastels. You can choose one or try them all. You will have plenty of encouragement for your endeavors in this loving Christian setting. A special treat each week is a short lecture from the president of Rosemont College, who has a Master’s degree and Doctorate in the History of Art.
Pastor Cheryl will be leading “Mark’s Jesus” at the 4:00 pm session. Each Gospel writer brings his own perspective on the life and ministry of Jesus. Mark shares with us a Jesus who is always on the move, but Mark also shares a secret: this Jesus is not going to be a conquering warrior – instead he is the suffering servant. Come as we reflect on what that means for our lives and our relationship with Christ.
Ann Kreamer will offer a book study called “Evolution, Scripture and Nature say YES!” at the 6:00 pm session. The author of this book, Denis Lamoureaux, is both a committed Christian and a scientist. Albert Einstein once said, “Science without religion is lame: religion without science is blind.”
The Healing Class will continue at 6:00 pm, led by Pastor Cookye Rutledge. New people are encouraged to join the group any time. You will discover that healing belongs to everyone who comes to Jesus with a believing heart. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37
Youth will gather on the third floor from 5:45 to 6:15 pm with Youth Director Kim Truesdell. 5:45 to 6:15 pm will be “down time,” time for the youth to hang out in the third-floor senior high room or play in the gym, enjoying fellowship with each other. From 6:15 to 7:00 pm, they will “get in the Groove,” using curriculum from Youth Ministry Partners. This curriculum invites teens to learn the essentials of their faith, own their story, and engage the world in serving Jesus. The group will explore topics such as Character, Dilemmas and Grace. From 7:00 to 7:30, the kids will work together on different enrichment activities (helping plan something, doing a project or working on a service project).
Children will enjoy planned activities from 5:45 to 7:30 that include choir, bells, crafts, & gym.
Everyone is invited to join us for a light meal served in Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. A free-will offering will be taken. Look on the Information Table for more information and to sign up for the fall start up. See you then!