In the six churches where I served as an Intentional Interim (meaning a self-study was involved), one consistent response was always voiced at the conclusion of the workshops: “We really needed to do this. I really feel I know people in a way I never did before.”
If your Sunday School class is not meeting this summer, there are still ways to get involved during the Sunday School hour. The Spiritual Formation Team has worked hard to create intergenerational Sunday School opportunities, and we hope you will find the Summer Service and Summer Seminars to be great ways to connect and stay involved throughout the summer. This is also a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend!
Please note: Due to Spring Break, Wednesday Night Dinner is not scheduled on Wednesday, April 5. The following week, we will have dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 13. and no dinner on Wednesday, April 12.
April 9 Palm Sunday 11 a.m. Worship
April 13 Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service Dinner—6 p.m. Friendship Hall (Please RSVP with the church office) Service—7 p.m. Chapel
April 15 Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. Family Life Center
Twelve years ago Broadway adopted this mission statement:
We seek to learn, live and proclaim Christ’s message of grace, hope and love through worship, fellowship and service.
Sundays, February 12-26 will feature sermons unpacking the three key themes embedded in this statement, and, I would add, embedded in the DNA of Broadway. Every time we have asked questions about strategy or have tried to discern God’s direction, these three themes have come up.
Over the last two years I have served at Broadway, Deacons Meetings have become some of my favorite monthly gatherings. Not only are the people chosen to serve in this capacity a joy to be around, but the thoughtful way in which they lead this church is inspiring to watch.
Each month at Deacons Meeting, one of the Deacons leads the group in a devotion. December’s devotion came from Ken Cox, who was installed as a Deacon last year. The words of his prayer at the conclusion of the devotion stuck with me as I looked forward to 2017, and how the new Deacon Body will live into its role as servant leaders:
Dear God, help us as individuals and as a church to be resilient, persistent in our mission to be better in Christ’s image, and to be adaptable, open to change and new ideas to stay relevant in a changing world. This we ask in Jesus’s name. Amen.
On Wednesday, January 11, a new slate of Deacons will be ordained or installed. I can’t wait to work with Katherine Abbott Devins, Debby Griffin, Bob Hook, Janet Hymer, Shelly Jones, Stephen Lin, Steve Naiser, and Ron Newcomer, and see how they will lead the church in innovative and inspiring ways.
If you haven’t already, please make plans to attend the Deacon Ordination and Installation Service on Wednesday at 6 p.m., in the Chapel. Wednesday Night Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m., and you can call the church office by Tuesday at 12 p.m., to make reservations.
During the month of January, the Love in Action Bins will be used to collect items for Family Scholar House and Samaritan Patrol.
For Family Scholar House: Cold and flu season is fast approaching, and despite our best efforts, scholars of all ages at Family Scholar House are susceptible. As we prepare, we could use your help with donations to speed recovery for anyone who cannot escape the germs, including: Chicken soup - pull-top cans Saltine crackers Peanut butter - prefer creamy Jelly or Jam Applesauce - individual cups Jello - boxes or individual cups Cereal bars Herbal tea bags Honey Box tissues
For Samaritan Patrol (ministry to those who are homeless in our community): Hearty Canned Soups
A few folks have been asking for an update to the staffing proposal placed before the church in August, 2016. The original proposal failed to garner the strong consensus it needed to move forward, with revisions made throughout the fall. An ad hoc team is being formed that will begin its work in the coming weeks. Their task will be to propose a Staffing Ministry Alignment Plan that will organize the staff around the church’s priorities and also try to address issues regarding long term employee retention, recruitment, and advancement. Until this group’s work is approved by the church, we will remain in an interim status with youth ministry, and the pastoral staff will continue their excellent work in their current roles.
As I reflect back on my first year serving as a Deacon at Broadway, I am reminded of the strength that lies within our church walls. This year has been full of learning, understanding, and compassion as our church continues to adapt and grow in so many wonderful ways, and I could not be more proud to be here for it all.
Growing up in this church, Broadway has walked with me through each phase of life thus far. From summers spent at Vacation Bible School while in the children’s ministry, to years full of mission trips and close friendships in the youth group, up until where I find myself currently, as a young adult that has been given the privilege to serve the church I love as a Deacon.
Thinking back on my Deacon Ordination Service a year ago, I will never forget the laying on of hands portion of the service where fellow church members spoke words of encouragement and affirmation as I began my time as a Deacon. I will always cherish that special experience and the impact it continues to have on my journey of faith. This past year has truly made my time at Broadway come full circle. From childhood to adulthood, I have been overjoyed to be a part of this community of faith through every season of life, but especially now, in the role of Deacon. The life of our church is vibrant and I am thrilled to be able to serve her in this capacity.
Please join us for the Deacon Ordination and Installation service in the Chapel on Wednesday, January 11, at 6 p.m. The deacons being ordained or installed who will begin service in 2017 are Katherine Abbott Devins, Debby Griffin, Bob Hook, Janet Hymer, Shelly Jones, Stephen Lin, Steve Naiser, and Ron Newcomer.
God's Light in First John: A Sermon Series Based on Notes of Dr. Roy Honeycutt
Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Death sets a thing significant/ The eye had hurried by.” Such was the case when I came across some notes in the margins of Dr. Roy Honeycutt’s Greek New Testament, which was kindly passed along to me by his wife, June, after his death. I discovered that he had worked carefully through the Greek of First John, and had many many notes in the margins. So, January 15 - February 5, I’ll be preaching a sermon series based on those notes.
For those of you who might not be aware, Dr. Honeycutt was the longtime president of Southern Seminary here in Louisville. He was my seminary president, and profoundly influenced Baptist life in our city, our nation, and our world. He was also a friend to Broadway down the years, and Broadway is now home to members of his family.
When I discovered – and later joined – Broadway in 2009, I felt like I had been given a gift. I was wading through my mid-20’s in a new city that I loved, but hadn’t quite found my place in yet. I hadn’t been active in a church for several years, but felt strongly that I needed to find a local spiritual community.
It is a blessing to be a part of a church that offers a time of sabbatical to ministers. I am so thankful for a time of reading, rest, and renewal over the past few weeks. From traveling around the world to re-connecting with some friends in ministry, I was reminded of the way we all work together in our own ways and places to share God’s love with others.
In Morocco, I met students who lead their churches and serve migrant populations in their cities. In London and Scotland, I sat and prayed in churches that have been home to congregations for hundreds of years. I was blessed to worship with several different congregations who are serving God in their own unique ways. A common scripture passage throughout my weeks of sabbatical was Psalm 84. I especially resonated with verses 1-4, reminding me of the joy of being in God’s presence and my calling to ministry:
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
his note comes to you from your Personnel Committee, and has been approved by your deacons.
The Personnel Committee and Deacons wish to thank the congregation for the excellent conversation we are having about Broadway’s mission, Broadway’s future, and Broadway’s needs. We have asked you to engage with us in considering where God is leading us, and you have done so enthusiastically!
A strong majority of the church stands ready to pivot toward the future, even as we honor the strengths of our past. We believe Broadway will form a strong consensus behind a staffing model designed to achieve these goals, once we have incorporated your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions fully, and once we have further conversations about what such a model would look like.
But we do not want to rush this process. We want the congregation to be able to embrace more fully than it can right now a new ministry alignment model for our church. We have, therefore, elected not to call for a vote on a model prematurely. Instead, the deacons have appointed an ad hoc team to complete the process of incorporating your thoughts into a revised ministry alignment plan before submitting it to the congregation. This process will begin immediately and continue into the first part of 2017. The members of the committee will be appointed by the Deacon Chair in consultation with the Personnel Committee.
As a result of this change of plans, the Town Hall meeting on October 5 will be different than what was originally announced. Bill Wilson will not be present but will join us again after the first of the year. During the October 5 meeting, we will summarize feedback we have received thus far, and outline the process going forward, but the primary purpose of the meeting now will be sharing information and updating you, rather than having a “Town Hall” style discussion.
Thank you again for your active engagement in this conversation, and please remain in prayer for the process and for Broadway’s future!
On Wednesday, October 5, there will be a church-wide town hall meeting in Friendship Hall at 6 p.m. This meeting will be led by Bill Wilson, the Director of the Center for Healthy Churches. Bill will lead a time of presentation and discussion about the ministerial staffing model proposal. If you plan to attend dinner at 5:15 p.m., please make a reservation with the church office by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4.
There are several Small Group opportunities kicking off for the fall. If you would like to be a part of one of these groups, please contact Susan Reed in the church office or at email@example.com.
Book of Hebrews Study: A three-week study on the book of Hebrews, led by Susan Reed beginning Monday, September 12, at 1 p.m.
Small Group for Parents and Guardians, led by Curtis and Melissa Barman beginning Sunday, September 18, at 5 p.m.
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer - A six-week book study led by Ron Newcomer beginning Sunday, September 18, at 5 p.m.
Reel Spirituality – A six-week group that watches movies and talks about the spiritual themes present in the film, led by Alan Veal and Glenn Davis beginning Sunday, October 2, at 5 p.m.
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance - A four-week book group led by Chris Caldwell beginning Sunday, October 16, at 5 p.m.
August 21 - Ministry Fair September 11 - Service in September Oct 7-9 - Fall Retreat October 23 - Children’s Sabbath October 23 at 4 p.m. BBC Chancel Choir joins the Louisville Chorus at St. Brigid to perform The Faure Requiem and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with Orchestra http://louisvillechorus.org/page/concerts-and-tix October 26 - Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Oct 28-30 - Disciple Now November 6 - All Saints Sunday November 19 - Parents Night Out November 27 - Hanging of the Green Service December 4 - Family Advent Breakfast December 13 - Louisville Orchestra Concert December 18 - Youth Christmas Party
Service in September will be held Sunday, September 11, at 12 p.m.
Service in September is a church-wide time of service in our community to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 with a positive spirit of serving those around us. Meet in Friendship Hall for a light lunch following worship. We will then split up to do various service projects in the church and around Louisville. Projects will last 1-3 hours in length. You may sign up for specific service projects at the Ministry Fair or with Susan Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org. All ages and skill sets are welcome!
Sunday, August 21 The Ministry Fair (a great time to sign up for fall activities and small groups) will be Sunday, August 21, before and after Sunday School and Worship in the Atrium and Family Life Center. If you would like to have a table for your small group or ministry, please contact Susan Reed in the church office or at email@example.com. Please make plans to visit the booths, enjoy a light lunch, and get to know more about Broadway!
The Nominating Committee is about to begin the task of filling teams, committees, and the Deacon body for 2017. Whether you are brand new to Broadway or have been here for many years, there’s an area where you can serve with your talents and abilities.
Please use the forms available here or in the weekly worship folder to share where you would like to serve or to nominate someone for the role of Deacon.
*Anyone is welcome to serve on a “Team” regardless of church membership status. Those serving on committees and as Deacons must be a member of Broadway.
Service in September will be held Sunday, September 11 at 12 p.m. Service in September is a church-wide time of service in our community to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 with a positive spirit of serving those around us. Meet in Friendship Hall for a light lunch following worship. We will then split up to do various service projects in the church and around Louisville. Projects will be 1-3 hours in length. You may sign up for specific service projects at the Ministry Fair on August 21 or with Susan Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete list of projects will be available in August. All ages and skill sets are welcome!
June 5 – July 31 Throughout the summer, Sunday School Seminars will be offered for anyone who wishes to attend, beginning at 9:45 a.m., in Friendship Hall. This is a great opportunity to meet people from other classes, invite a friend, or get back into the habit of attending Sunday school.
The dates and topics will be: June 5 and 12 – Stories of Broadway, led by Chris Caldwell June 19 - July 3 - Jesus on the “Edge,” led by Susan Reed July 10 - Stories of Broadway, led by Susan Reed July 17 - 31 - In Changing Times: “Living Creatively and Redemptively in a Period of Transition - with a lot of help - especially from the book of Proverbs,” led by Ron Higdon
On Sunday, May 1, all of our Sunday School Classes, including children, will have their picture taken during the Sunday School hour. Please make sure to be in class on time! Teachers will receive a schedule on April 24 in your class folders, so each class will know what time your photo will be taken.