Guest post by Dr. Shane Stanford, Senior Pastor
To say that Christ Church has much going on this summer is a massive understatement! Here are just a few of the ‘special appointments’ we have this summer as the ‘Hands and Feet of Jesus’ in Memphis and beyond.
1. Summer Blockbusters Sermon Series (June)—For the next eight weeks, we will use one of our culture’s most prolific art forms (motion pictures) to tackle some of our society’s most pressing issues and concerns.
2. Vacation Bible School (June)—Our new Children’s Ministry Leadership Team begins work by leading one of our most sacred children’s programs. This VBS welcomes kids from all over the city to meet Jesus and be in service with one another.
3. Family Mission Trip to Mexico (June)—This is the first year that my family and I are able to attend this special time of construction, ministry and serving in the Baja Peninsula. Christ Church sends 120+ of its members to Mexico this year.
4. 4th of July Church Family Picnic (June) —We will recognize and celebrate our veterans during the morning services and then enjoy great fellowship in the courtyard.
5. CUMC @SOS (July)—Once again, Christ Church ‘takes over’ SOS and will send countless teams to serve in the Binghampton community. We are so proud to participate with SOS in this very special week.
6. Staff and Leadership Retreat (July)—This is our fourth annual retreat whereby the leadership and staff of Christ Church gather to evaluate, celebrate and plan for all that God has in store for our congregation. We also review and inform the congregation on how we are responding to our Seven Initiatives for Ministry.
7. 3rd Annual Education Week @Christ Church (August)—This third installment of sharing our support and prayers for the teachers, administrators and staff of all our metro area’s schools includes a new program titled ‘2nd Mile Teachers’ allowing the congregation to support individual teachers with supplies and classroom success.
8. Willow Creek Leadership Summit (August)—This annual partnership between Christ Church and the Memphis Leadership Foundation brings together hundreds of leaders and staffs across the city to share in the latest leadership wisdom from the wonderful lineup of the WCA’s Leadership Summit. Speakers this year include: Tyler Perry, Bill Hybels and more!
9. Covenant Bible Study @Christ Church (August)—This 24 week ‘walk through the Bible’ discusses the power of ‘Covenant’ while studying each of the 66 Old and New Testament books. I had the privilege of serving as ‘co-host’ and General Editor of the program.
10. Just all around Good News! It has been a great start to 2014. First, we raised more than $160,000 in our first 2nd Mile Offering for Cornerstone Prep’s Pre-K program, the BDC Carpenter Art Garden Purple House project and the SOS Builds program. And, we received a special notice from our friends in Zambia that the first sips of clean water were taken as a result of the first of 33 wells CUMC provided for our friends in Zambia. To go along with this, we have had more new members at this point in the year than in any year to date since 2000. We are extremely proud of our lay leadership, teachers and worship teams who continue to give everything.
It is a joy for me to be a part of the Christ Church family and to watch everything that God is doing in this place. The Stanfords love you guys very much and can’t wait to watch the next seasons unfold together.