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Fall is upon us and just as the weather is bringing us into a new season, our work with A Table for All is entering a new season.Gathered for their first retreat in Cody, WY, the newest cohort began their journey of creating A Table for All for their churches and communities.
We invite you to take a moment and learn more about the latest MSC A Table For All Cohort:
Known as a Church of Divine Spirituality, Healing & Embracement, Asbury Korean UMC located in Centennial CO is a growing, cross-cultural congregation, serving their community through children's programming and opportunities to worship during various times of the week. One of their weekly worship services is offered in Korean, with live interpretation for their English speaking members. They are excited to participate in A Table for All as they grow in ministries to youth and families.
Fort Benton sits on the Missouri River and is home to the first bar Brother Van preached in as he brought the Methodist Church to Montana. This congregation is reimagining our church to build on its long history of making sure their doors are open to all while coming alongside the community to care for people and creation.
An inviting congregation, the people of La Junta invite all who seek God's love and mercy to worship with them. They are a congregation called by God to be a witness of God's love and share that love with our neighbors and our community. Their motto, "Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors" summarizes what it means to be a "church" to the community in La Junta. The church is always open to those who seek God and those who need love and grace.
Striving to be a Beacon of Christ-centered hope for their neighbors, Parker UMC provides worship, teaching and faith opportunities for kids, youth, families, men and women, in Parker, Aurora, Lone Tree, Centennial, and Castle Rock Colorado. They are a congregation who believes in embodying these values: being spirit filled, Christ centered, faithful, welcoming, loving, supportive, engaged, in service, and in community. They welcome all to their worship and community activities.
Rye Home UMC is very involved in their community, from hosting and participating in community dinners, fundraisers, and local events. With the light of Christ, they are a loving Christian family, compassionately reaching out to care for and nurture the spiritual growth of faith, community, and world. Each year the Mountain Aire Festival is an event where the congregation makes a positive impact on their community.
This congregation is known as a welcoming congregation in their community. After receiving the call that they were awarded the A Table For All grant Pastor Sara and her leadership team came up with a fun/playful way to share the news in worship. Pastor Sara preached on taking a journey and then the finance chair opened the big box to reveal the balloons as they announced the new journey they were about to embark on together! Let the journey begin!
The commitment of our conference leadership is to continue to support our communities and churches as they learn what it means to be a grace-filled presence for all. And this priority is at the core of the next season for A Table for All.
If you have not heard, A Table for All has new leadership guiding the work as a sustained ministry of The Mountain Sky Conference. Rev. Annie Arnoldy is now our Superintendent of Congregational Vitality and is working closely with Rev. Stephanie Moffitt in her new role as the Developer of Fresh Expressions and A Table for All. Their collaborative work is carrying forward what Erin Althaus and Rev. Jeff Rainwater began, and we are so excited about the direction A Table for All is going, now part of the Congregational Vitality Team of the Mountain Sky Conference.
This is an exciting season in the church and we are dreaming big for how we imagine what is possible with the work of A Table for All. Please contact Stephanie Moffitt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about A Table For All.