LM: November 2018

Happy Friday, leaders! Welcome to the NOVEMBER edition of the Table Leadership Monthly newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to improve communication among leadership and make sure you are all informed about what's going on at The Table.

Please take a few minutes to read through what's below and share any pertinent updates with your teams if it applies to them.

Remember that if you have updates for church, events that are taking place, anything from your team that you want to share with others, etc., you can post it at: www.facebook.com/groups/tablechurchdc.

NEWS + EVENTS

  • Pastor Kevin is on a mini sabbatical before the holidays and new year hit! We have a great line up guest speakers over the next couple weeks. Learn more here.

  • Heat has been restored at the CoHi Parish. Thank you for your patience with that one. You can wear your normal layers to church this Sunday. :)

  • Our Blank Slate series is available online. This is an excellent series to share with family or friends who are starting to explore faith. Have you heard our podcast is now on Spotify too? (Here's The Table's hymnal on Spotify as well)

  • Thanksgiving weekend we will have our normal service times (CoHi: 9:45 + 11:15, Downtown: 5:00) and hear from Pastor Richard.

  • Advent is around the corner and we are SO excited. Our advent plans and service times will be announced to the church soon but for reference, we will have two Table Family Christmas Celebration Services on Sunday, December 16. We'll have one large 10:30 a.m. service in Columbia Heights and our usual service at our Downtown location at 5 p.m. We will not have service on Sunday, December 23 at either location. We will have service on Christmas Eve at our Downtown Parish on Monday, December 24. We will not have service on Sunday, December 30 at either location.

  • Our Advent Legacy Offering will be announced next week! Stay tuned and encourage your teams to be in prayer about how they can give beyond our walls this Christmas season.

  • Our Christmas Choir will be back this year (commonly referred to as The Table Church Choral Society) and will be gracing our presence at the 10:30a and 5:00p services on December 16. There will be four rehearsals between now and December 16 (2 at each location) and all who are interested should contact Laura Kallen: lauraekallen@gmail.com 

  • Next Steps Track will continue to be offered after the 9:45a service and after the 5p services this month. We will not hold classes during the month of December.

LEADERSHIP UPDATES

  • Our Worship Pastor, Jeremy Green, will unfortunately be leaving us at the end of the year. Jeremy and Laura (and Evvie) have bought a home in Atlanta to be near family. Jeremy has been instrumental to our worship program and we are so grateful for all the gifts he has shared with our community this year. He will be missed greatly!

  • We are excited to announce that Jordan Jackson has agreed to join our team of ministry directors, and part-time staff, as our new Music Director. Jordan currently runs many of our rehearsals, coordinates our bands, and plays drums at both locations. We're excited for him to join our team and bring that same energy and passion to our leadership. He will overlap with Jeremy for the next month and a half and then be leading the music program in its entirety!

  • We continue to pray for sound coaches for both locations as well as a media coach for Columbia Heights. We also seek to find a Director of Production to join our team of ministry directors in a volunteer capacity and lead these coaches in their ministries. Please join us in praying for this!

  • Director of Family Ministries, Bethany Bolte, and her husband Jordan brought a new little one into the world last month. Take the family a meal and meet baby Avery by signing up here.

  • Dustin Musser has joined our Board of Trustees. We're grateful for the wisdom he'll bring to our team as we strive to be good stewards and have clear vision as an organization. 

  • For reference, our Experience Team at both locations will now fall under the First Impressions Department (along with Greeting and Hospitality) and be supervised by Nicola Davis, our Dir. of First Impressions.

PRAYER

prayers of praise (P) + requests (R) for the church

  • P: For expanded leadership! Praise God for the gifts and skills he continues to bless our church with. 

  • P: For the many new guests who have joined our community this fall season.

  • P: For an incredible Practice-style worship gathering with Aaron Niequist and the many guests that joined us for the evening.

  • P: For the guests who have turned into members and have begun actively serving in ministry.

  • P: For the new dinner party leaders who have joined our team in the past month.

  • P: For Josh McComas and all the energy he has poured into our Dinner Party Ministry over the past month and a half.

  • R: For continued direction and wisdom for leadership and provision for our ministry

  • R: For Pastor Kevin and Charla as they take off the month of November in preparation for the holidays and new year.

  • R: For newcomers this fall to be fully engaged, find community, and serve according to their gifts.

  • R: For new ministry team coaches. Hospitality (Downtown), Media (CoHi), Sound (both parishes).

  • R: For all-church Ministry Directors to fill the Next Steps, Care Team, and Production director roles

  • R: For our buildings, that we would have safe spaces to worship in and fruitful ministry among them.

  • R: For our justice + compassion ministries, that they'd remain fruitful and we'd have open doors to love our city well.

  • R: For unhoused friends and neighbors, especially as the weather begins to get cold.

  • R: Begin praying for 2019 and that God would provide vision, open doors, and provision as we continue this ministry into the future.

LM: October 2018

Happy Friday, Table Leadership!

Welcome to the OCTOBER edition of The Table Leadership Monthly Newsletter. If you're new to leadership at The Table, welcome! A special shout-out to all of our Dinner Party leaders who joined leadership this month. The purpose of this newsletter is to improve communication among leadership and make sure you are all informed about what's going on at The Table.

Please take a few minutes to read through what's below and share any pertinent updates with your teams if it applies to them.

Thanks!
Jessica

NEWS

  • Our new small group ministry has kicked off! This week we launched Dinner Parties! Dinner Parties provide an opportunity to talk about life, pray together, and spend time discussing questions that foster spiritual growth around a meal. The spaces are designed to be welcoming and inviting to everyone. Launch week has gone very well, and we've even had to close multiple groups due to space. We're looking to add more Dinner Parties to upper NW, Columbia Heights, and Capitol Hill. You can email Josh (Dir. of Community Ministry) with any questions or if you know someone who would be good to lead. 

  • Many thanks to all of you who attended our ALL-IN Team Night! We had 65 RSVPs and 60 people in attendance. That's incredible. Please loop in anyone new that you met by inviting them to serve with you, by helping them find a Dinner Party, and by inviting them to any church parties or events. Let's build community!

  • We finished 21 Days of Prayer in September and we hope it was a significant season for you. So many prayers in our church were answered! Please complete this survey to share your thoughts on the season with us. Please also encourage your team members / Dinner Parties to take it. The link went out in the all-church newsletter yesterday. 

  • Two weeks ago Kevin announced that our Board of Trustees and leadership team are prayerfully considering what our time in the Columbia Heights building looks like. A space has opened up three blocks north on 14th Street that is available immediately. We love our current building but the safety issues and lack of building management has been much cause of concern. Please pray for leadership during this time as we discern the best way to move forward.

EVENTS

  • Next Steps Track will be offered after the 9:45a service and after the 5p services. We still will hold the usual three classes on the first, second, and third Sunday of the month but no class after the 11a service.

  • Next month, we will host Aaron Niequist at our Downtown Parish on November 4 at the 5p service. This will be a special worship service that incorporates some liturgical elements and spiritual practices as well as instrumental worship. Aaron will also discuss some components from his new book, The Eternal Current. We had a large turnout last year when Aaron joined us and many of you had wonderful things to say about his time at The Table. Please encourage your friends and communities to join us for this special service. Our CoHi morning services will meet as usual.

PRAYER

prayers of praise (P) + requests (R) for the church


  • P: For a wonderful summer and the many visitors that came through our doors this summer

  • P: For a fruitful season of 21 Days of Prayer and the many prayers answered during this season

  • P: For Dinner Party leaders in our church and the hospitality of all hosts! 

  • P: For Josh McComas and Kelsey Hendrixson (Community Ministry Director and Admin) for the time, energy, and heart they put in to the launch of our Dinner Party ministry. 

  • P: For the Food Pantry Team, specifically Alyssa and Sean, who have taken on much more work during organizational transitions from those we source our food from. Praise God for their gifts/skills, energy, commitment, and love for our city.

  • P: For a successful launch of our new pre-teen small group and for our pre-teen leaders, Madison Sampson and Hogan Lambeth.

  • P: For the many people who have gotten new jobs, found new roommates/housing, had relationships restored, experience healing from sickness.

  • R: For continued direction and wisdom for leadership and provision for our ministry

  • R: For new ministry team coaches. Hospitality (Downtown), Media (CoHi), Sound (both parishes).

  • R: For all-church Ministry Directors to fill the Next Steps, and Care Team director roles

  • R: For our buildings, that we would have safe spaces to worship in and fruitful ministry among them.

  • R: For our justice + compassion ministries, that they'd remain fruitful and we'd have open doors to love our city well.


LEADERSHIP UPDATES

  • With the transition in our small group model, note that Josh McComas is now our Director of Community Ministry.

  • Tim Cody is our new Experience Team Coach @ CoHi Parish.

  • We have many new Dinner Party leaders including Amanda Mesa, Yongo Ding, Joe & Sydney Riffe, Garland and Jordan Perkins, Lauren Vernon, Stevan Stankovich, Adam Watson, Jason Park, and Alex Bush!


LM: September 2018

Hello Table Leaders!

Welcome to the SEPTEMBER edition of the Table Leadership Monthly newsletter. If you're new to leadership at The Table, welcome! This newsletter works to improve communication among leadership and make sure you are all informed about what's going on at The Table. Previous editions are stored online here (except August because *someone* was traveling). 

Please take a few minutes to read through what's below and share any pertinent updates with your teams if it applies to them.

Thanks!
Jessica

NEWS

  • Our new small group ministry was announced this Sunday at church (last week via email). We're excited to kick off Dinner Parties this fall. Kevin's email about this new endeavor is here in case you missed the memo. :) You can email Josh (Dir. of Community Ministry) with any questions. 
     
  • Our new sermon series is entitled BLANK SLATE! Not to be confused with Blank Spaces which I've been humming ever since Kevin announced the new series. We kick off this Sunday. Invite a friend to church! This series is perfect for laying the foundations of our faith. Our last series on Worry is excellent and available online if you missed any.
     
  • We're in the middle of 21 Days of Prayer and we hope you're loving it! Take some time to pray for your team members individually during this season. Also visit thetablechurch.org/prayfirst for ways to engage (and invite your team to engage with you!).
     
  • Our CoHi TableKIDS Ministry will begin a pre-teen small group in the fall. Pray for leaders to invest in the lives of our kiddos and email erin@thetabledc.org if you're interested or know of someone who would fill this role well.
     
  • We're trying out a revised schedule for our Next Steps Track. The month we are offering class after the 9:45a service and after the 5p service. We still will hold the usual three classes on the first, second, and third Sunday of the month. 

EVENTS

  • Our next ALL-IN Team Night will be on October 3 and all are welcome! Please do your best to be there. It'll be a great time to connect with others and also recruit for your teams since the whole church is invited. RSVP here AND invite your team members to attend.
     
  • Our Dinner Party Leader Training will be on September 16 at 12:30 p.m. at our Downtown Parish. Prayerfully consider leading a dinner party this fall! Note that "leading" does not have to equal "hosting." Sign up + learn more here.
     
  • If you're interested in leading our TableKIDS on their journey of faith, attend our TableKIDS training this Saturday after our Pray First gathering at the Downtown Parish. Learn more here.
     
  • Join us for our Pray First prayer gathering this Saturday (9th) at our Downtown Parish from 9-10 a.m. Learn more by visiting thetablechurch.org/prayfirst. We'll also have one on September 16th.

PRAYER
prayers of praise (P) + requests (R) for the church

  • P: For a wonderful summer and the many visitors that came through our doors this summer
  • P: For a season of focused 21 Days of Prayer
  • P: For every person that serves in our church! Summer is a busy time and we're so grateful for all who poured into our church this summer.
  • P: For new leaders / new leadership positions! (so many! see below)
  • R: For leaders to serve on TableKIDS, and feel called to invest in the lives of children at The Table. Also pray for our new pre-teen small group. 
  • R: For continued direction and wisdom for leadership and provision for our ministry
  • R: For new ministry team coaches. Hospitality (Downtown), Media (CoHi), Sound (both).
  • R: For all-church Ministry Directors to fill the Next Steps, and Care Team director roles
  • For our buildings, that we would have safe spaces to worship in and fruitful ministry among them.
  • R: For our justice + compassion ministries, that they'd remain fruitful and we'd have open doors to love our city well.
  • R: For a fruitful fall as we enter a new season of ministry!
  • R: For our new Dinner Party small group model launching early October. Pray also for leaders and hosts!

LEADERSHIP UPDATES

  • With the transition in our small group model, Josh McComas is now our Director of Community Ministry.
  • Lexi Mairone is our new Communion Team Coach @ CoHi Parish. Thank Joyce Matthews for serving in this role for over a year! Ms. Joyce continues to serve on the board of elders.
  • Madison Sampson is our new Greeting Team Coach @ CoHi Parish. Thank Nicola Davis (Dir of First Impressions) for serving in this role while we found a replacement for Kimbo Bocchini.
  • Tim Cody will be our new Experience Team Coach @ CoHi Parish.

LM: July 2018

Hello Table Leadership!

Welcome to the July edition of the Table Leadership Monthly newsletter. If you're new to leadership at The Table, welcome! This newsletter works to improve communication among leadership and make sure you are all informed about what's going on at The Table and what's to come! 

Please take a few minutes to read through what's below and share any pertinent updates with your teams if it applies to them. Grateful to serve with you all! Praying 1 Corinthians 15:58 over you this afternoon.

Peace,
Jessica

NEWS

  • SERVE Day is just around the corner on July 14! As leaders, please ensure that you're signing up to serve along side our congregation! You can sign-up here.  Also, please email your teams and invite them to sign up by visiting thetablechurch.serveday.com
     
  • Help us plan the next ALL-IN Team Night by participating in this short survey!
     
  • Our new sermon series on the book of Revelation begins Sunday, July 15! This Sunday, Pastor Kevin will preach on 'merica (more so Romans 13 and how we respond when we don't agree with those in political power.)
     
  • Our next season of 21 Days of Prayer will be in September! Take this tiny survey to help us plan our three all-church prayer gatherings.
     
  • Our CoHi TableKIDS Ministry will begin a pre-teen small group in the fall. Pray for leaders to invest in the lives of our kiddos and email erin@thetabledc.org if you're interested or know of someone who would fill this role well.

EVENTS

  • SERVE Day 2018 is on July 14! Join a service project here.
     
  • Our next ALL-IN Team Night will be for leadership only, that's you! (elders, trustees, pastors, ministry directors, ministry coaches, CG leaders). It'll take place on August 8, 2018 from 6:30p - 8:30p. We'll grill out and focus our discussion on community engagement. RSVP here by August 6.
     
  • Gents, keep your eyes peeled for Man Night, an event coming your way sometime mid to late August.

PRAYER

prayers of praise (P) + requests (R) for the church

    • P: For a wonderful beginning to summer and many visitors to The Table!
    • P: For a great first half of our summer community groups! 
    • P: For Pastor Kevin's leadership and teaching throughout our last sermon series on David
    • P: For SERVE Day leaders who have organized 10 service projects across our city!
    • P: For cool spaces during this extreme heat and R: that those who are unhoused in our city would find relief (see DC's cooling plan)
    • R: For SERVE Day 2018, that our projects would be full of volunteers, that our city would feel loved and experience Christ's love, and that new relationships will be built.
    • R: That Pastor Kevin and Charla would have safe travels and a restful + restorative vacation (July 10-25)
    • R: For leaders to serve on TableKIDS, and feel called to invest in the lives of children at The Table. Specifically, for people to feel called to lead the pre-teen small group in the fall. 
    • R: For continued direction and wisdom for leadership and provision for our ministry
    • R: For new Greeting (CoHi) and Hospitality (Downtown) coaches as our current coaches wish to hand over the reigns
    • R: For all-church Ministry Directors to fill the Engagement, Next Steps, and Care Team director roles
    • R: For our buildings, that we would have safe spaces to worship in and fruitful ministry among them.
    • R: For our justice + compassion ministries, that they'd remain fruitful and we'd have open doors to love our city well.

    LEADERSHIP UPDATES

    • This will be  Ashley Close's last month serving on leadership at The Table as Director of Care. Join me in praying for her as she transitions into full-time student life and begins law school in the fall. 
    • Arunjana Das is now Director of Justice and Compassion and will provide leadership to WIN, Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, and new j+c endeavors at The Table.
    • Bethany Bolte will be our new Director of Family Ministries (when she gets back from vaca!) and will provide leadership to our TableKIDS ministry as well as parent/family engagement at The Table.
    • Charla Lum is now the TableKIDS Coach at our Downtown Parish. Thanks to Aleesa Ribbens for serving in this role throughout the spring months.
    • Lindsay Spell is now the Media Coach at our Downtown Parish. Thanks to Becca Jorgensen for previously serving in this role and join me in praying for her future in grad school!

    LM: June 2018

    Hello Table Leaders!

    Welcome to the June edition of the Table Leadership Monthly newsletter. You'll remember that last month, we started this new newsletter with the effort to improve communication among leadership and make sure you are all informed about what's going on at The Table and what's to come! 

    Please take a few minutes to read through what's below and share any pertinent updates with your teams if it applies to them. Prize at the bottom.

    Thanks to you all for the ways you serve and love our community. I'm excited for what God has in store this summer at The Table.

    Peace,
    Jessica

    NEWS

    • Summer Community Groups launch next week (June 4-8)! As leaders, make sure that you have a group to call home but also encourage your team members to join a group for the summer. Click here.
       
    • We're recruiting SERVE Day leaders to spearhead service projects for our community on July 14. Please consider leading a group and encourage members of your team to lead a group if they have leadership potential. More info + sign-up here. 
       
    • Schedule a team for Sunday service? Please begin using Planning Center Sign-Up Sheets in June to do your scheduling. We promise your life will be a whole lot easier and your team will appreciate it. Click here to learn how. 
       
    • Our all-church survey is drafted and is getting loaded into Survey Monkey this week. We hope to send it out to our congregation soon to get feedback on what they love about our church and how we can improve. 
       
    • Our new sermon series on the life of King David begins this Sunday!

    EVENTS

    • Our next ALL-IN Team Night is this coming Wednesday, June 6. If your schedule allows, all leaders should plan on attending! We'll have dinner from 6:30 - 7p, and follow it up with some worship, prayer, and a short message. RSVP here. 
       
    • Next Steps Track relaunches this Sunday, June 3 after our May break. Please attend this month if you have yet to take the classes. Please encourage your team to take them as well! 
       
    • During all June 10 services, I'll introduce our ministry team coaches (or a representative) and we'll have a quick "volunteer fair" following the services allowing any newcomers to meet a coach and get plugged in with a team.  
       
    • Baby Dedications will take place during the 9:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services on June 10. 

    PRAYER

    prayers of praise (P) + requests (R) for the church

    • P: For Josh McComas, Summer Community Group Leaders, their leadership, and hospitality.
    • P: For new leaders who have stepped into administrative roles and justice + compassion ministry leadership (see below).
    • P: For a restful Sabbath May for our church
    • P: For Pastor Kevin's leadership and all who shared the word during our Holy Spirit series.
    • R: For continued direction and wisdom for leadership and provision for our ministry
    • R: For new Greeting (CoHi) and Hospitality (Downtown) coaches as our current coaches wish to hand over the reigns
    • R: For all-church Ministry Directors to fill the Engagement and Next Steps director roles
    • R: For an energetic and welcoming launch week of Summer Community Groups (launching June 3)
    • R: For a fun and successful ALL-IN Team Night on June 6
    • R: For a renewed passion for building community and connecting people with others to create life transforming relationships. 
    • R: For our congregation and that they would be receptive to our new teaching series on David.
    • R: For vision, passion, and leaders to organize projects for SERVE Day 2018.

    LEADERSHIP UPDATES

    • Arunjana Das is now Director of Justice and Compassion and will provide leadership to WIN, Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, and new j+c endeavors at The Table.
       
    • After a successful launch of the A-team, we're grateful and praising God for
      • Melodi Sampson (Prayer team admin)
      • Kelsey Hendrixson (CG admin)
      • Julie Altimer (Next Steps admin)
      • Cat Currie (Newcomers admin)

    YAYYY THAT WAS SO LONG. HERE'S A FUNNY VIDEO TO MAKE YOUR DAY.

    LM: May 2018

    Hello Table Leadership!

    Happy Friday! I hope this note finds all of you enjoying the beautiful summer weather outside! In an effort to improve our communication with you all, we've begun the Leadership Monthly newsletter.This should hit your inboxes the first week of the month. And it will include anything and everything Kevin and I think you should know + how you can pray for the church and leadership. 

    I know some of you get many emails from me, but trust me, this one you'll want to start skimming. 

    NEWS

    • Happy Sabbath Month! Don't forget to get some rest this month. CGs are on summer break and will relaunch in June. Next Steps is also on break and will resume in June. 
       
    • Stay updated with your Table community by joining our private Facebook Group
       
    • Schedule a team for Sunday service? Please begin using Planning Center Sign-Up Sheets in June to do your scheduling. We promise your life will be a whole lot easier and your team will appreciate it. Click here to learn how.
       
    • We'll be circulating an all-church survey this month to get feedback from our congregation on what they love about our church and how we can improve. Stay tuned! 
       
    • On Memorial Day weekend (Sunday, May 27), there will be no evening service at Downtown Parish. We'll only have our 9:45 + 11:15 AM services in Columbia Heights. The building at our Downtown Parish is unavailable so we're canceling evening service that Sunday.

    EVENTS

    • Next ALL-IN Team Night: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 for everyone in leadership, serving on a team, interested in serving on a team
       
    • We're in the process of *possibly* hosting an event with Lisa Gungor this summer. Stay tuned for details.
       

    PRAYER

    prayers of praise (P) + requests (R) for the church

    • P: For SERVE Day Planning Team members (our first meeting is May 8). 

    • P: For a successful and productive CG leader training on Sunday as well as 8 new leaders!
       
    • P: For buildings! Church to worship in and office space for staff to call home.
       
    • P + R: For a month of sabbath!
       
    • R: For continued direction and wisdom for leadership and provision for our ministry
       
    • R: For new Greeting (CoHi) and Hospitality (Downtown) coaches as our current coaches wish to hand over the reigns
       
    • R: For all-church Ministry Directors in the following roles: Engagement, TableKIDS, and Next Steps

     

    LEADERSHIP UPDATES

    • Ennis Elvord is now co-leading the Soup Kitchen with Megan Wagoner
       
    • Aleesa Ribbens is now A-Team Coach (admin team!)
       
    • Adam Barbina is transitioning into Hospitality Coach @ CoHi Parish. Thanks to John Jordan for his leadership!
       
    • Kimbo Bocchini has moved to SF and we're looking for a CoHi greeting Coach. Thanks to Kimbo for his leadership.
       
    • Ashley Close directs the Care Team and would love to have you join! Care is a new team at The Table who cares for people in our congregation during challenging times (think new baby, illness, death in the family, new job, etc.) and we're still figuring out the best way to grow the team. Let her know if you're interested.

    That's all for now! Thanks for reading. So grateful for each of you and the ways you lead our church.

    Peace,
    Jessica