I'm looking forward to the annual gathering of Churchnet this Friday and Saturday at First Baptist Church Jefferson City. As is our custom, we'll begin the time together with a missions banquet, eating some good food together, but more importantly, celebrating what the Lord has done through our missions efforts. This year we will highlight the trip several of us took last October to Cuba as well as our ongoing partnership with Guatemalan Baptists.
This year's theme for the gathering is a timely one in light of all the recent incidents of racial tension and violence in our nation. The theme is Share Hope: Building a Community of Peace and Reconciliation. In addition to our plenary gatherings for worship and inspiration, a number of breakout sessions will focus on the theme of sharing hope as well. The following breakout sessions will be offered twice each on Saturday morning:
Worship that Advances Peace & Reconciliation – Brian Kaylor
Understanding Racial Issues from a Historical Perspective – Molly Fleming-Pierre
Mission JC – Melissa Hatfield
An Introduction to a Conversation on Race – W. T. Edmonson
Disaster Relief Ministry with Chain Saws – Gary Hurst
Beneath the Skin (Documentary & Discussion) – Jim Hill
Leadership the Ozarks Way – Bob Perry
Preparing for a Cross-Cultural Mission Trip – Gary Snowden
If you are in driving distance of Jefferson City this weekend, we'd love to have you come and join us for this annual meeting. You can register at Churchnet's website: http://www.churchnet.org/ or simply show up and register there.