Dear Bethlehem Friends,
These early weeks have been full of lots of conversations and interactions as I have the pleasure of getting to know you and the Bethlehem congregation. If we haven’t met yet, I look forward to seeing you at worship or at one of Bethlehem’s upcoming events. An important part of my first 100 days here is what we are calling a “Listening Tour”.
These one-hour gatherings are an opportunity for me to hear your responses to three questions:
1. What is one thing that I, as your new Pastor, need to know about our congregation?
2. What is one way that we can deepen our missional outreach to the Moneta / Smith Mountain Lake community?
3. What is one dream that you have for our church?
We have already started Listening Tour gatherings with our newly reorganized Congregational Care Circles. Thanks goes to Randi Paul for coordinating these geographically based groups which are designed to enable you to connect with Bethlehem neighbors in your immediate community. I’m also grateful for those who have stepped up to be Circle Leaders.
My goal is to meet with every single Bethlehem member or friend who wants to be a part of these one-hour conversations by October 8, 2022. If you have any questions about your Circle, or when your Circle is planning to meet for a Listening Tour session, contact the church office at 540.297.7957 or BUMCMoneta@gmail.com. I am also planning some Zoom sessions for those who feel more comfortable connecting online.
This is an exciting time to be a part of Christ’s church and to reach out to the community around us. I hope you are having a great summer and look forward to taking our next steps in faith together!
Grace and peace, Scott