August 15, 2019

Dear Friends:

What a great Heritage Sunday! Many thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen – and who celebrated 209 years on the banks of the Olentangy River with us.

We have some more amazing August Sundays coming up! This Sunday, August 18, is Rally Day with “Touch-a-Truck”, Food Trucks, a Bounce House, Blessing of the Backpacks, and information on 101 ways to grow in faith and outreach thru Liberty. Then on the 25th, it is Blessing of the Animals – with our own St. Francis!

So, what’s the catch? It’s all a celebration – but we are also hoping that you will take advantage of these special Sundays to invite a friend. In fact, I’d like you to think of these coming Sundays as “Friend Days” – where we share the joy by inviting someone to join us.

The single most effective way to grow the church is by the power of a one on one invitation. Church consultants say that 80% of the people in a church first came “because a friend or relative invited them”. George Gallup Jr. surveyed non-churchgoers and was surprised to find that “70% of all people who do not now attend a church responded that if someone invited them, they would react favorably”.  Contrast these statistics with another statistic found in a recent Presbyterian publication, which concluded that “the average Presbyterian invites a friend to worship once every 24 years”. (No wonder we are known as the frozen chosen!) Do take the time to invite a friend, a newcomer to the neighborhood, a new face at the office, to join us in one of these special worship services and to discover (maybe for the first time) God’s great love for them in Jesus Christ.

See you Sunday!


Thank you to the Second Stringers and Fellowship Team for a great Heritage Sunday and Chicken BBQ! Special thanks to our Fellowship Elders Kristopher Steele, Angie Campbell and Melinda Wood, and to our firepit crew: Kris Steele, Jim Beck, Kevin Futryk, Jim Hardy, Todd, Griffin & Bennett Koehn, Gary Ufferman, and Wayne Wentz.