Summer 2018 Sabbatical and Congregational Renewal

Summer 2018 Sabbatical and Congregational Renewal
Theme: Called In: World, City, Congregation, Self

During my Sabbatical (June 4 – September 3) a Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lilly Foundation will cover my expenses and provide for renewal opportunities at Columbus Mennonite.  The Sabbatical theme is organized as a series of concentric circles, exploring our sense of call within each: Called In: World, City, Congregation, Self.  Below is a summary of what is in store for the congregation this summer.

In anticipation,


Staffing Increases

Mark will go to full time, up from the usual ¾ time.  Mim will add five hours a week to her role as Office Assistant.

Summer Worship with Guest Speakers

Worship services will invite us to listen to the holy call within these four areas:
     World               (June 10,17,24)
     City                  (July 1,8,15)
     Congregation  (July 22,29, August 5)
     Self                 (August 12,19,26, September 3)
We will have six guest speakers.

Artists in Residence    

We will commission four artists to each make one banner for our worship space.  The banners will be themed World, City, Congregation, and Self, and be used during that portion of the worship series.  The intention is for the banners to also be available for future use.

Adult VBS Bible Scholar 

Vacation Bible School will run from Sunday evening, July 22, through Thursday evening, July 26.  In addition to children’s programming, this year will include adult education.  New Testament scholar and CMCer Ryan Schellenberg will teach from Paul’s prison epistles about Christian responses to incarceration in the ancient and contemporary world.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is a way of exploring the spiritual dimension of our humanity, with a trained guide.  The Spirituality Network has designed a “Busy Persons Directed Retreat” which includes three different sessions of group orientation and one-on-one time between directors and directees.
     First Group | Wednesdays: June 6,13,20, 7:00-8:45pm
     Second Group | Sundays: August 12,19,26, 11:30am-1:30pm  

End of Summer/Sabbatical Celebration

Join the party Friday, September 7 at the Whetstone Park of Roses shelter house from 7-10pm.  Festivities will include a dessert potluck and live music from the band Ladies of Longford.