Dear Friends in Christ,
It has been a good, long run for our Sunday Evening service. It has been an amazing, growing, learning experience. I feel so blessed to have been a part of it. I have learned more about my faith, my community, and my Savior throughout it all. But last Tuesday, during our regular planning meeting at Zippy’s, the steering committee for the Emmaus Community has agreed to discontinue our weekly Sunday Evening worship service at Trinity College.
The reasons for this change are many. First, and probably foremost, is the necessity for me to commit my Sunday afternoon/evening time to myself and my family. I have recently noticed the physical burden my Sundays have had on me. So has my wife. Also, the number of worshippers regularly attending the Sunday evening service have been slowly dwindling. Thirdly, at this point the synod seems less likely than ever to consider what we’re doing on Sunday Evenings to be a viable ‘Mission Start’ in the eyes of the ELCA.
Among the group there is still much energy for continued work. In particular, we will continue to organize outreach events like Socktoberfest and the Rides of March. Additionally, we want to keep planning and hosting worship events like the April 1st ‘Holden Evening Prayer’ service, and ‘Christmas in a Minor Key’. We aren’t sure exactly how, or how often these events will be organized, but we will continue to meet at Zippy’s on Tuesdays at 1pm to continue in our journey together.
In retrospect, I feel that it’s kind of exciting to sieze the opportunity to start over anew. It seems very appropriate for springtime, directly following the story of our Lord’s death & resurrection. Emmaus will still exist. We will continue to invest ourselves in the work that makes a real and significant change in our world and our community. We will do this through building relationship, gathering to worship, and working to reach out to those in need around us. And as always, you are all invited to join us on the journey.
Thanks for your prayers and all the support. I invite anyone to contact me if you have any more questions or concerns.
“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” –John 12:24