Dear Advent Pilgrims,
(Be sure to read the end of today’s message for an invitation to take a brief and important survey!)
Who could have known when we started The Bible Project 2020 back in January, that we would have a year like this?
In so many ways that only God could have known, this journey has been a gift to this congregation, at just the right time. It was an idea that came to us as part of our visioning process more than two years ago. You all expressed a desire to grow more connected to God and to each other, and to be more connected to the Bible. This would all lead to our learning to read the Bible without fear or frustration.
Well, the results have been pretty amazing:
- Our podcast has amassed an audience of 2,700 individual listeners, with over 138,000 downloads of our episodes.
- Forty small groups in the church have stayed on this journey throughout the whole year.
- Our sermon podcast has more than doubled its audience (127% increase) since last year, and it was recently ranked in the Top 50 Methodist podcasts in the country.
- Most importantly, I regularly hear from church members how meaningful and timely the scriptures have become for people, and how doing this as a church has kept them connected to God, to each other, and to the church.
But here is the deal: the end of The Bible Project 2020 is not the finish line. It is just a mile marker. We now get to live into the long-term benefits of what this journey has brought to us individually, and as a congregation. Hopefully, you have started to flex new spiritual muscles and developed new routines for making Bible reading a more regular part of your life. As a congregation, we can draw from a more common well of biblical imagery and stories, which will shape our future together. And each of us can continue taking steps toward reading the Bible without fear or frustration.
We will be celebrating this journey on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2021, as we welcome the new year. And we would love to hear how The Bible Project 2020 has impacted you.
Click here to fill out this brief, four-question survey, and let us know how your relationship with the Bible has changed, and the difference it has made in your spiritual life. We may choose some of your responses as part of our celebration in January!
Thank you for helping make this year through the Bible such an amazing journey!
Grace and Peace,
ESTIMATE OF GIVING CARDS
Thank you to those who have already submitted an estimate of giving card for 2021. We are off to a great start, and need you to submit one if you have not yet done so. Click here to fill out a card in a private, secure way.
CHRISTMAS EVE AT HYDE PARK!
Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus! Our Christmas Eve services will be online at 2,3,4,5,6,7, and 11p.m. We will also have brief, onsite, outdoor Candle-lighting Ceremonies on the Hyde Park campus (around the Courtyard Fountain) and The Portico campus (around Homeless Jesus). Specific times and further information is available at hydeparkumc.org/Christmas.