Touché September 29, 2017
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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life


“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  (Romans 12:2)

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”  I wanted that patch sewn onto my blue jeans when I was in high school.  I never got around to it, don’t know where the patch went, but I still like the saying.  As we embark this Sunday on Fifty Days of Transformation I pray that each of us moves into this season with that patch in mind.  It does not matter whether we are eight or eighty, God can still work new things in our lives.  I remember my favorite toast at a fiftieth wedding anniversary.  The aged groom raised his glass and said: “Here’s to a great start on a great marriage.”  Raise a glass for transformation.

We begin this Saturday with a 24 hour prayer vigil.  People will be praying for you round the clock.  Some of those folks will include fasting as part of that vigil.  On Sunday, we all begin the journey with fifty days of devotions, seven weeks in small groups and each Sunday a large group gathering focused on the theme for that week.  Here is the outline of themes for the next seven weeks:

October 1- Transformed in My Spiritual Health

October 8- Transformed in My Physical Health

October 15- Transformed in My Mental Health

October 22- Transformed in My Emotional Health

October 29- Transformed in My Relational Health

November 5- Transformed in My Financial Health

November 12- Transformed in My Vocational Health

November 19-Celebration Sunday

Each week will include a transformation testimony from a person on the journey, and we will conclude with a celebration on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Thanks to the team headed by Janine Dolan and including: Ofelia Napolitano (prayer coordinator), Alan Willeford (publicity coordinator), Linda Smith (Gatherings coordinator), Wes Joseph (small groups and Foundations coordinator.)  Our youth and children are working through these themes as well thanks to Karen Shogren, Warren Jee and Sharon Batt.

Each week we will have the opportunity of transforming a piece of paper into an origami creation.  Cyndy Warren is doing this for worship and others will be helping you do this at a table in the fellowship.

Let the journey begin and here’s to the first day of the rest of your life.