Monday, August 30, 2010

Reach Your STRIDE

“Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2a)

Do you ever struggle (or have you ever struggled) to find your place in the world? in your work? in your family? in your church? Do you sometimes have difficulty understanding your purpose or feeling fulfilled in what you do in these places? If you’ve wrestled with questions like these (and most of us have), then there’s an answer waiting for you this Fall at East Cobb UMC!

Beginning this Sunday, September 12 and continuing through Sunday, October 31, our church will be embarking on an eight-week spiritual journey talking about how God has gifted each of us in various ways to address the questions above. Through a series of weekly sermons, testimonies, “Serving From the Heart” groups, and resource materials, you’ll discover how the S.T.R.I.D.E. principles of Christian stewardship and faith can help you “Reach Your STRIDE” in becoming the man, woman, youth, or child that God created and called you to be. It will all culminate with a grand celebration at our morning worship services on Sunday, October 31, 2010.

Remember, growing and maturing is one of the key themes and practices of Christian faith. As Paul’s words in Hebrews 12 say, we’re called to continually stretch beyond who and what we’ve been in our past in order to become what God wants us to be in our future. In other words, don’t rest on the laurels of your past, but get up and stride towards the finish! I hope and pray that you’ll join me on this journey as we together “Reach [our] STRIDE” as God’s church! Never forget that God loves you and I do, too!

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