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.
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.
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.
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.
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!