Doug Tensen, Jeff Mickey, Brian Steenhoek
Sunday evening, November 19, at 6 pm is our annual Congregational Celebration. It happens every year, and this year we are celebrating it in our new facility in Grundy Center! At a recent staff meeting, we took a moment to think about why we host this yearly event.
Probably the biggest reason can be found in the name. Congregational Celebration. We are coming together to celebrate! We believe that it is important to pause from time to time to celebrate what God has and is doing in our church family. And we always have a lot to celebrate! There are moving and inspiring stories we want to share about lives being changed and ministries that are having an impact for Jesus.
We also need to be reminded of who we are. God has called our church to a unique mission—helping next generations encounter & follow Jesus to bless a broken world. It’s so easy to forget who we are. The Congregational Celebration is a great opportunity for us to be reminded of our unique calling.
It is also a chance for us to be together. We believe in community. It’s one of our church’s top values. We are better together. Belonging in community is one of our 4 strategies of growing in our faith. Worshipping together. Sharing stories around tables. Eating terrific desserts together. Laughing with old friends. Meeting new friends. All of this is so important for us to be a healthy church family.
Each Congregational Celebration gives us an opportunity to focus on something important. This year we want to shine a bright light on the good work that God is doing in Grundy County. We have a lot to celebrate! A new facility, a growing ministry, volunteers and staff that are reaching out with the message of God’s love. It will be exciting to see and experience together what God is doing!
We used to call our annual celebration the Congregational Meeting, and there’s still some truth to that purpose. We have some important business to do. At each celebration we formally approve our annual budget and any changes to our Leadership Board and Nominating Team for the upcoming year. If there is any business we are required to vote on as a congregation, this is the time to do it.
But the Congregational Celebration is so much more than a business meeting. We have an opportunity to celebrate God’s good work, to communicate our church’s unique vision, to come together as a community of believers, to focus on our current work in the Kingdom, and to get some work done together.
We hope to see you at the Congregational Celebration on November 19, in Grundy Center. It will be a good night to be the Church together!
Thanks for your partnership.