☕A Café Invitation☕
from Pastor Megan
Who are we? What is God calling us to now? How do we live that out?
In Matthew 9, Jesus says: “No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” (Matt. 9:16-17). This is part of Jesus’ response to a question from the disciples of John in relation to fasting. They noticed that Jesus and his disciples weren’t fasting. However, the disciples and John and Pharisees did fast. The response that Jesus gave was not a dismissal of fasting. Jesus and his disciples were simply doing what their present context required.
THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTINUES TO BE AT WORK! Hence this invite!
Some years back under Bishop Sally Dyck’s leadership the conference went through the process of responding to a café invitation. No, it wasn’t an invitation to coffee (though coffee was offered), but instead an invitation to use the World Café model to dream and discern next steps and a new direction for the conference. This method encourages conversation with input from ALL. It involves thinking through questions that matter, through writing, doodling, listening together for insights, and sharing collective discoveries. Everyone shares, and everyone leads.
Wesley, what truly is our present context and what does it require?
One pressing part of the answer to that question is that Wesley’s lay leadership structure needs to adapt to our present context of fewer workers. At our Charge Conference last December we affirmed the need to pursue a one-board model, but the details of that structure must be worked out together.
Please take the time to register your preference of meeting date and method (in-person or digital) by clicking here, OR on paper on Sunday morning and drop it in the offering box. Hopefully, we will be able to have one date that works for most people, and a secondary date for any who remain so that everyone is included. If there are any special accommodations that you would need in order to fully participate, let Vicki (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself know so that we can make sure you have what you need.
See you in the café!
For more information on the World Café Method: