On August 25, First Covenant in Salina, KS, celebrated the baptism of 12 disciples! On September 1, First Covenant in Omaha, NE, celebrated the baptism of 3 disciples! We are grateful for the ministries of these churches as they continue to grow disciples in their individual contexts.
We would love to share stories and photos from your church's baptism service in our various communications. Please send baptism stories and photos to email@example.com so we can join you in celebrating the work God is doing in the lives of his disciples!
SAVE THE DATE!
The MWC will host its first annual Journey to Mosaic
out of Denver on February 20-23, 2020.
The Journey to Mosaic experience looks at the history and legacy of racial injustice in our geographic region. It is similar in format to our Sankofa Journey, but rather than focusing on the African American/white experience, a Journey to Mosaic attempts to consider the broader spectrum of race relations in the Midwest Conference. We are pleased to announce that our guides for the journey will be
Dominique DuBois Gilliard, Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the ECC and award-winning author, and Cheryl Lynn Cain, a bicultural and bilingual pastor at Good Shepherd Covenant Church in Joliet, IL. Pricing and registration coming soon!
Sankofa Lives on Through Relationships
Since sponsoring a Sankofa trip every fall in the MWC, ongoing ethnically diverse relationships have developed and deepened. One group of Sankofa alums has been meeting together monthly to get to know each other and talk about next steps in their community. This group developed after two Sankofa friends who were already connecting monthly to share their lives thought there should be something more.
Vickie Guillot and Patty Thompson came together with the idea of gathering all those in the Salina area that have experienced Sankofa for conversation and brainstorming. The racially diverse group consists of 5-8 people who meet together monthly. A question about race is posed for conversation and some time is spent on next steps.
These gatherings have allowed honest, authentic conversation. One member of the group says, “The conversations are tough and poke us in necessary places to help uncover our ingrained biases and better understand life for a person of color.”
The group recently met with the Salina Superintendent of Schools to share about Sankofa, hear what’s happening in school district with regards to race, and explore how we can partner to increase education and awareness. As a result, a date was confirmed for an expanded group gathering that includes the Superintendent, where challenging questions will be posed and conversation will continue. What will happen after that meeting? The Sankofa group is not sure but they are willing to take the next step to see where the Spirit leads.
SAVE THE DATE!
MWC Sankofa Journey
is scheduled for November 5-8, 2020.
We encourage churches to share these dates with your congregations so interested individuals can begin planning early. Trip fee is $450/person, and facilitators will be Nilwona Nowlin and David Swanson. Registration to open in early 2020.
Called by God: How do we dismantle the stained glass ceiling?
The Covenant Companion
recently published the first article in a two-part series foc
using on female Covenant clergy. MWC Superintendent Tammy Swanson-Draheim, Associate Pastor Mary Peterson of First Covenant Omaha, and Pastor Cath Kaminski, a church planter in Lincoln, NE, lent their voices to the conversation. From the article:
Swanson-Draheim, who also chairs the Council of Superintendents, says when Christians preclude women from living into their calls to lead and pastor churches, we limit the power of the gospel.
"You will hear occasionally people say this is not essential, or they will put it in the category of a 'woman’s issue,'" Swanson-Draheim says. "It's a gospel issue—the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we relegate it to some category of nonessential, then people can treat it in an entirely different manner."
[Peterson] came to recognize, however, that churches that do not allow women to lead or preach are "missing out on the voices that originally proclaimed that Jesus is alive. They're missing out on hearing the woman at the well go back to her town and say, 'Look what I found!' They're missing the timbre of those stories. I think they're missing out on seeing how God calls all of us in unique ways. Leaders are not just white males with goatees and plaid shirts, you know?"
We can't assume hearing from women in the pulpit is a box we can just check, says Kaminski. "We can't say, 'Well, we had a woman do this, so we’re all set,' Or, 'We've had four women in the pulpit, so we’re done.'" She emphasizes the value of preparing congregations to expand their view.
Read the full article here
*To learn how you can get involved with the Lincoln church plant, connect with Cath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you noticed gifted women in your congregation who may be called to ministry? Affirm them and offer them an opportunity to explore their call at one of our Exploring Call Retreats. We will be offering Exploring Call for Students, February 14-16, 2020,
at Arvada Covenant in Arvada, CO, and another Exploring Call Retreat
in spring 2020. Contact Patty Thompson at email@example.com
Youth Worker Connection | January 24-27
Legacy Children’s Worker Connection | January 24-27
Midwinter | January 27-31
Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare | Rosemont, IL
DATE CORRECTION: Please note that alternate Midwinter dates have appeared in various ECC publications and mailings. Moving forward, be sure to use the above dates in planning for Midwinter 2020. Registration opening soon. We look forward to connecting with you!
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018