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Pastor Susan's Notes

I have written about koinonia, a Greek word for community, a few times in this church newsletter space over the years. I come back to the concept because we strive to encourage a sense of community within the church.

There is a danger, however, in what C. Peter Wagner calls "koinonitis;" he defines this ‘illness’ as when "interpersonal relationship becomes so deep and mutually absorbing all church activity becomes introverted" (C. Peter Wagner, Your Church Can Be Healthy, 78). This is a different concept: koinonitis. We can think we are “friendly” - but is it just toward one another?

The Church Council is trying to avoid ‘koinonitis! (And they didn’t even know it). They pray everyone will think differently to move forward with the congregational goal of “engaging people in the community.” IUCC does have a special place in its’ collective heart to extend help and welcome to others; this month is a fitting example. We welcome the Boy Scouts (Troop 26 and Pack 226), No Nonsense Group, Windy Brushes Painting Group, and we will also be welcoming others who had been looking for space to carry out their mission. The Church Council has heard proposals and has made plans to welcome for the academic school year:

*The Liberty Liberal Arts Academy, a Christian “Hybrid School,” who’s motto is “Educating Outside the Box & Inside the Church.” They will be in the Education Building on Wednesdays, during the day, to gather homeschooled students for intensive, core classes.

*A Girl Scout Troop for four, two-hour “Journey” events.

Our congregation also welcomes the community to join us for:

*Worship In The Park and Blessing of the Animals on September 9th in Bartlett Park as part of Bartlett’s Heritage Days,

*A Healing Worship Service in Fellowship Hall September 16th,

*An every 4th Sunday ConTEMPOrary Worship Service debuting September 23rd which will highlight a musician or speaker. (See a full-page information sheet in this newsletter)

Koinonia. Community. Inside the church, outside the church.

There is no replacement for a solid faith foundation. Church Community is different than the sports - school - traveling team - cheer - extra-curricular - communities that engage us. Make church - your church community - a priority within the realm of all the other communities that call your attention.

And I will see you in ...and out of... the church!

Pastor Susan

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