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Rethink Church
by Tom Goodman
August 26, 2009

As summer ends, the return to the school routine is a great time to get people to "rethink church."  This Sunday we want to give them a chance to discover the value of plugging in to our church community.

How?  By what we'll do with your friends and what we'll give away to your friends.

First, here's what we're going to do:  We've asked Jaime Jamgochian (pronounced "Jam-GO-chee-in") to lead us in worship, and then everyone will be asked to stay for a half-hour fellowship in our Sunday School rooms and at our Common Ground tables.

Jaime is known for her worship leadership at conferences for teen girls, and for her work as a recording artist -- most recently with the album, Above the Noise.  You can learn more about her and listen to her music at  As usual, the service will begin at 10 a.m., but be prepared for us to end 10 or 15 minutes later than our normal hour.

However, as special as the worship service will be, what's really special will take place after.  That's when you will bring your friend to a half-hour fellowship with your Sunday School class or Common Ground group.  (And if you have been attending our worship services but you haven't found a fellowship group yet, this week would be a perfect time to try one out!)

Second, here's what we're going to give away:  I have a special order of booklets called reThink Church (view it online here).  In 20 attractive pages, reThink Church covers ten of the most common reasons people give for not going to church, and encourages people to "rethink" those reasons.  I've ordered one for every household.  Your friend will get a copy to keep; you will get a copy to give away.

A new school year is a great time to make some new commitments.  Now is the time to help your friends make some new commitments to church involvement.  Bring them this week at 10am!

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