Rest & Renewal
Pastor Russ has faithfully been serving at Saint Joseph UMC for 9 years. A Lilly Grant will allow Pastor Russ to take a Rest & Renewal Leave. The Lilly Grant will also be a great opportunity for those at Saint Joseph UMC to Reconnect and grow together.
We see Pastor Russ’s Rest & Renewal leave as a time to truly celebrate our connections here and how God has sent us into our community. We look forward to connecting again with pastors whom we have sent into ministry, with former bishops who have served us and with one another in times of worship and fellowship. We have a team working on activities for the congregation to do together. Activities include hikes, picnics and times of fellowship. Activities will roughly correspond to Russ’s activities as he travels. While Russ is away there will be regular updates as to his whereabouts and activities.
Nature Hiking Kickoff (whole month) View ReConnect Resource Guide for information about local trails and ways to ReConnect with God through Nature.
July 10: Reconnect Prayer Walk from 6-9p at church
August 7-28: Circle Maker Bible Study – This church-wide study will challenge you to dream big, pray boldly and think of the future as it concerns your faith. It will be a great way for our congregation to do a parallel experience to the prayer retreat Pastor Russ will be having at the same time at Iona Abbey in Scotland. Sunday School classes will begin the study on August 6th and a Monday night option will begin August 7th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Worship Center.
August 12: Moana Family Movie Night from 7-9p at Praise Park – Saturday, August 12th from 7-9pm at Praise Park. Student Ministries will be sponsoring a Hawaiian-themed evening while you enjoy Disney’s Moana with your family and friends. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
September 10: All Church Picnic from 11:45-2p – More details to come!
September 24: Where Have You Seen God? Children’s Event during worship services – More details to come!
October 8: Family Nature Hike and S’Mores 2p at Dustin Preserve, Huntertown – More details to come!
November 5: Welcome Back Party for Pastor Russ – More details to come!