Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Pre-Summit Ice Cream Social Slated For Thursday, June 7, 6 pm @ Tinney Chapel
Ice Cream Social To Kick Off Plans For a "Tinney Chapel UMC Summit,"
Inspired By The East District's Recent Small-Membership Church Summit
The idea started at our church's most recent Administrative Council meeting.
A Tinney Chapel Summit?
Yes, why not?
Kind of like the Small-Membership Church Summit held recently in the East District, where Conference Leaders, Rev. Jim Ozier and Rev. Keith Boone, guided a host of clergy and lay people in their plans to vitalize or re-vitalize their congregations.
The motion was made by Brandi Putman, our church's Recording Secretary, and one of those lay people who were motivated by the doings at the Small-Membership Church Summit. She believed the idea and the format could work just as well in a single church: Tinney Chapel, for instance.
She discussed it with others, some of whom remembered attending the historic Vision and Values Workshop at Tinney Chapel in 2000, an event which galvanized our church into rural ministry activities previously undreamed of. In just four years, by 2004, Tinney Chapel had been awarded the coveted Marvin T. Judy Award not once, but TWICE, as best in rural ministry for churches of our size in the entire North Texas Conference.
Pretty soon, Brandi was even more certain that her idea had real merit, so she called an informal planning meeting at Ganny's Pie Shop, owned and operated by Tinney Chapel's own Georgia Goggans. There, a small group of motivated lay members encouraged Brandi and shared their own ideas, with the result culminating in an agenda for further motivation.
That would be the Pre-Summit ice cream social, mentioned earlier.
It's scheduled for Thursday, June 7 at 6 pm in the Family Life Center and everyone should plan on attending.
To help prepare for Tinney Chapel's future, Brandi suggests that each of us bring a tub of ice cream, a topping or cookies, or cake.
As a parting thought, to convince each of us to attend, she adds:
"We have a special activity planned!!!"
Be there. The future of our church is in our hands!
Labels: . Keith Boone, Brandi Putman, church revitalization, Ganny's Pie Shop, Georgia Goggans, ice cream social, Jim Ozier, Marvin T. Judy Award, rural ministry, Tinney Chapel, Visions and Values Workshop.