Sunday Morning Adult Christian Education Opportunities
Tangents: Naming Our Congregation's Vocation
Like every person, a congregation has a vocation. Our congregation is the same as every other in that way. A vocation (from the Latin vocare, “to call”) is not merely a job. It is the function a person or a congregation is created by God to fulfill in life, an essential identity and role to play, to which one is called in God’s continuing creation.
What is the vocation of Williamsville United Methodist Church? Is there some “signature mission” to which our congregation is being called, some mission to the community around us that identifies us and involves every member according to each person’s gifts?
We will explore these questions in depth in Tangents, the adult discussion group, beginning Sunday, January 5, when we meet again after our Christmas recess. Six possible signature missions have been identified:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Seneca Street UMC
- Beechwood Continuing Care
- City Mission
- Food Pantry of Western New York
Each one is a mission where we are currently involved to varying degrees. Are there other possibilities, perhaps in addressing needs that are not yet known to us? If so, how might we identify them and begin to respond? How will we select one area of service to which we can devote significant resources?
These are only some of the questions we will be considering in the weeks to come. To help us answer them, guests representing these (and other) service areas will be invited to visit Tangents to explain their ministries and guide us in our discernment of a direction for our ministries.
You’re invited to join us, also. Tangents meets on Sunday mornings from 9:50 to 10:30 in the parlor, at the immediate rear of the sanctuary.
Resource Papers for Fall/Winter 2013 Tangents Discussions:
1. How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers
2. How the Average American Family Subsidizes Big Business
3. Ten Ways to Democratize Our Broken Economy