We’re excited to start a new annual tradition at Faith Church to cast vision for our role in God’s mission and equip us for some aspect of our part in it. Each year we’ll focus on a specific theme while also reinforcing our relationship with all of our missionary partners.
This year’s theme is “We Are Called.” Based on Jesus’ commission to his followers in John 20:21, we’ll be exploring how all of us—individuals, families, and as a local church—are called to join Jesus in his mission. We hope this year’s theme will reinforce the reality that every local church is a gospel-shaped missionary community and every Christian is a missionary who is “sent” for the sake of others.
Missions Week Schedule
Sunday, September 20th: Sunday Worship at 10:30a
Wednesday, September 23rd: HomeFront (Dinner 5:30p – 6:15p; Worship 6:15-6:30; Missionary Presentations 6:30-7:30) Please register for dinner if you plan on attending.
Saturday, September 26th: Missions Conference (4:00p – 8:00p)
Sunday, September 27th: Sunday Worship at 10:30a with special message from keynote speaker, Gary Fuller
Saturday Missions Conference
Opening Worship: 4:00p-4:20p
Keynote Speaker: 4:20p-5:05p
Workshop Session 1: 5:15p-6:00p
Workshop Session 2: 6:45p-7:30p
Closing Worship: 7:40p-8:00p
Gary Fuller, Keynote Speaker
Gary has served with Cru City in Denver for 19 years and currently leads a team that focuses on influential leaders of the city. Throughout his years in Denver, he’s been a disciple-making leader in his local Presbyterian church.
Gary began his ministry with Cru on university campuses in Utah and California before leading a city-focused ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, prior to relocating to Denver.
During his 32-year tenure on Cru staff, Gary has been passionate about connecting people to Jesus and equipping multiplying leaders. His team developed the Faith 360 curriculum that helps followers of Jesus re-imagine what it means to be a Christian in a mostly secular world.
Gary and his wife, Debbie, will celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary in October. They have two grown sons and a daughter who’s also on Cru staff reaching international students studying in America. They’re waiting patiently for grandchildren to spoil.
Workshops. We’re committed to investing in you to live out your calling in God’s mission! Each of the following workshops will be offered twice, and you will pick two to attend. Youth will participate with the adults, and elementary age children will have their own workshop during keynote speaker’s presentation and the 1st breakout session. They will attend the 2nd workshop with their parents.
“Connecting Sunday to Monday: Our Work and God’s Kingdom” with Gary Fuller, Cru Denver Director
Explores God’s original intent for everyday work and looks at how our vocational callings fit into God’s purposes for the world to help us seamlessly integrate our Sunday faith to our Monday work. Participants will be encouraged to adopt a thoughtful “presence” in the workplace and carry out their vocations in a way that reflects God’s design for work.
“Building Bridges for the Gospel in My Daily Life” with Scott Petersen, Field Strategy Coordinator GAIN International (a ministry of Cru)
The majority of people who come to Christ make that decision in the context of a network of people that they know well and trust. We will discuss principles and practical applications for how we can experience the joy of building bridges with people and being a witness for Christ in our everyday lives.
“Family on Mission” with Daniel Rose, EPC Church Planter, The Antioch Movement
Practically explores a lifestyle that seeks to integrate our kids into our missional lifestyles so that we nurture our children in our kingdom vision for our lives by ministering with them, through them, &/or to them and their friends.
“Missionary Care and Your Family” with Jason Sewell, Faith Church Youth Pastor
Exposes the isolation, needs, and drop-out rate for career missionaries and how simple, practical care and prayer can be an huge blessing to them. Learn practical tips for how your family or group can rally around our missionaries through timely touch points, informed prayer, connections with the missionary kids (MKs), and other ideas.
“Loving Your Neighbor through ESL” (English as a Second Language) with Mike Forrester & James Mangiapane, Faith Church ESL Administrators
Immigration has brought the mission field to our doorstep. Learn how Faith Church’s new English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry can apply the Parable of the Good Samaritan to show the kindness of God to those who are sojourners, strangers, and aliens by helping them gain English skills while showing hospitality
“Mission through Caring” with Nanette Schmink & Jim Pass, Faith Church Deacons
Mission begins by embodying the love of the Kingdom for one another and extending that love to our world. Learn how you can be Christ’s hands and feet through the Helping Hands, Love, and Community Service arms of the new Caring Ministry.
Missions Conference Meal
The dinner during the Saturday Missions Conference will be a boxed meal from Rochester’s popular Half Day Cafe consisting of a sandwich (or gluten-free wrap), cole slaw, chips, and chocolate chunk cookies.
Three entree’ options are available:
- roast beef sandwich (or gluten-free wrap)
- turkey sandwich (or gluten-free wrap)
- chicken salad sandwich
When you register, indicate how many of each option you would like for your family.
The church will provide beverage and fruit, the only cost for the Missions Conference will be the price of the meal ($10/each).