As a congregation, we are deeply blessed. We are what many would call an “intergenerational” church. We have young children (we will have the privilege of baptizing our youngest, Neveah Nassert, on February 18), we have elementary and middle school students, some high schoolers, parents and other adults all the way up to grand and great grandparents. We have people from a few months old to folks in the 90s and everyone in-between. Intergenerational.
Intergenerational congregations give many gifts to those folks who participate within them. Here are some of the gifts I see:
† The excitement of children (most of us see it during Children’s and Fellowship Times)
† The maturing times of seekers, those courageous enough to ask questions
† Wisdom of the years in faith and life
† The singing of hymns (the theology of the church) as well as songs of praise (loves songs to God)
† The sense of being one, large, extended family
† The prayers of God’s people for young and old, near and far
I love the description of the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:9-18 concerning how we should care for one another in the Body of Christ. He said,
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
In an intergenerational church, in our church, we can hear about how this has happened in the past, we can see how this is taking place in the present and we do the work to lay a good foundation so it continues to take place as we move into the future God has laid out for us. Not all churches are blessed in the ways that we are. We should celebrate who we are and continue to work to grow in the grace God has given us.
Thank you for allowing Terri and me to be a part of this intergenerational portion of God’s people.
News & Events
Sunday, February 11th
9:00 a.m. Bible Study in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Pastor Paul Hayden
Monday, February 12th
5:30 p.m. Handbell Choir
7:00 p.m. Choir Practice
Tuesday, February 13th
7:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Wednesday, February 14th
10 a.m. Ladies AM Bible Study (LAMBS)
12 noon Ashe Wednesday Service
Thursday, February 15th
10 a.m. Bible Babes bible study
Saturday, February 24th
Glacier Presbytery will meet by ZOOM from 9 AM until 12:30 AM. If you have ever wondered what a Presbytery Meeting is like Donna Maddux will be hosting a ZOOM party in the Fellowship Hall. Please let Donna and/or the Church office know if you would like to attend.
Check out the Events Calendar for more upcoming events.
Fill the Basket
This coming Sunday (Feb. 11) is our monthly food collection for the North Valley Food Bank. They indicated they need “winter-type” foods such as stew, soup, chili, pasta, and pasta sauce.Let’s pitch in and help the members of our community who are in need of life-sustaining food. This is our opportunity to keep someone from going hungry. Remember, you can bring your donation to church on Sunday morning and place it in the shopping cart at the bottom of the stairs as you enter the sanctuary. Thank you for your generosity!