Fasting Information and Documents
I greet you in the mighty and matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It has been a year of doing some pretty significant work at South Euclid United Church of Christ. During the end of 2018 and into the beginning of 2019, we engaged in Reset Sabbatical. We stopped most of our activities and asked some deep questions about who we are and who was God calling us to be. As a result, our brand-new mission statement emerged: Transforming the lost into the found, and the found into followers of Jesus Christ who gather, grow, give and go. We also moved from two worship experiences into one quality worship experience. While it has been an opportunity for all of us to be stretched, I hope you would agree with me that it has been wonderful to worship with 6 generations under one roof. Additionally, we launched our Engage (formally New Members Orientation), Encore (sermon based small groups) and this summer we will bring forth Essentials (subject based Bible Studies). Earlier this month, the LID came to an end and our young people have embraced Elev8tion and the youth ministry is moving ahead. These are just the highlights of what the Lord has done.
Yet, we've come to the end of the year and we are preparing to embrace a brand-new year. It seems 2019 flew by. I hope you will join us for Watch Night Worship at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 as we thank God for seeing us through 2019 and look ahead to a new year. I will be preaching "Fix Your Eyes" from Mark 8:22-25.
On Sunday, January 5, 2020 two important things will happen. First, we will begin a brand new sermon series entitled, "The Chains of Change." Additionally, we will call for our Annual All-Church Fast. This is a wonderful way to begin 2020 with God. We hope to cleanse our temples (bodies) and prepare our hearts for God to move on our behalf in 2020. As a part of our 21 day fast, we will have daily prayer (Monday - Friday ONLY) at 6:00 AM on my conference line beginning Monday, January 6th. You can join me by dialing (216) 273-8883. No pin is required. We will conclude our fast and our prayer time on Saturday, January 25th with Saturday in the Sanctuary at 9:00 AM. Our Inside the Pride leadership series will follow our time of prayer.
In preparation for the fast, we encourage you to review our 2019 Fasting Guide, Recipe Guide and our 21 Day Devotional. We hope you will find these resources helpful as we embark on this intentional time of prayer.
Also, if you are looking for a good book to start this year and read during our fast here are a few to consider:
It is my prayer that you will see God over this holiday season. I pray God will break out in new and exciting ways. Let's walk out 2020 together as Pastor and people.
Thank you for all you do to support South Euclid United Church of Christ. Your commitment to God, through this ministry, is making the difference. Let us continue to walk with God by faith, and not by sight.
Called for the Purpose of the Kingdom,
Pastor Courtney Clayton Jenkins
Senior Pastor & Teacher