How Can Our Church Be More Welcoming?

2018 Adult Summer Sunday School

Summer Sunday School with Pastor Gary

9:00 am

Church Library

Six Weeks

July 1st – August 5th

Contact Pastor Gary at 515-422-2070 or gary.nims@gmail.com to obtain a book or for more information.

A Bigger Table:

Building Messy, Authentic,

and Hopeful Spiritual Community

Amazon describes the book:

“No one likes to eat alone; to approach a table filled with people, only to be told that despite the open chairs there isn’t room for you. The rejection stings. It leaves a mark. Yet this is exactly what the church has been saying to far too many people for far too long: “‘You’re not welcome here. Find someplace else to sit.'” How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion?

Pastor John Pavlovitz invites readers to join him on the journey to find or build a church that is big enough for everyone. He speaks clearly into the heart of the issues the Christian community has been earnestly wrestling with: LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, and global concerns. “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, Hopeful Spiritual Community” asks if organized Christianity can find a new way of faithfully continuing the work Jesus began two thousand years ago, where everyone gets a seat.

Pavlovitz shares moving personal stories and his careful observations as a pastor to set the table for a new, more loving conversation on these and other important matters of faith. He invites us to build the bigger table Jesus imagined, practicing radical hospitality, total authenticity, messy diversity, and agenda-free community.”

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