Midweek Retreat

 

Make plans to join your church family each week for an evening of good food and fellowship on Wednesday nights, beginning Wednesday, January 10, 2018!

5 pm: Bible Study with Beth (Room 111).  No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to come to Bible study! All questions are allowed and all topics are open!

5:30-6:30 pm: Fellowship Dinner in Wade Hall

Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors/students, family rate of three or more is $25 and children under four eat free.

  • Please make your reservations by noon on Monday.
  • If you make a reservation for dinner but do not show up or contact the office in advance to cancel your reservation, you will be responsible for paying for the meal that you missed.
  • Please be respectful of our budget and our food supply; if you make a reservation but find you cannot actually keep it, please notify the church office as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly and update our head count. We pay the caterer for EVERY reservation made.

There are three ways to make your reservation:

  • Make your reservation
  • Call the church 404-873-2636 x16.
  • During Sunday worship, complete a reservation form in the pew rack. Place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office.

 

6:30-7:30 pm: 2018 Winter Programs 

Children’s Choir rehearsal in the Music Suite. Contact George Evans at geexplorer@yahoo.com for more information.

Book Study This session features a weekly study of Brennan Manning and Jon Foreman’s book Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, co-facilitated by John Davidson and Mike Smith. This is a follow up book study to Phillip Yancey’s book What’s So Amazing About Grace, featured last fall.

Many Christians have bought into the lie that we are worthy of God’s love only when our lives are going well. If our families are happy or our jobs are meaningful, life is a success.

Yet when life begins to fall apart and embarrassing sins threaten to reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world—and to God. We cower and hide until we can rearrange the mask of perfection and look good again. Sadly, it is then that we wonder why we lack intimate relationships and a passionate faith.

All this time, though, God is calling us to take our masks off and come openly to him. God longs for us to know in the depths of our beings that he loves us and accepts us as we are. When we are our true selves, we can finally claim our identity as God’s children and experience his pure pleasure in who we are.

Brennan Manning encourages us to let go of the impostor lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly father. In him there is life, our passion is rekindled, and our union with him is his greatest pleasure.

To register or to learn more, please contact Sheila Stephens at sstephens@stmarkumc.org. Participants can purchase copies of the book online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.