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Alpha

Who Broke My Church

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Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.  More information regarding Alpha here


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From Pastor Pat Fitzgeralds regarding Alpha 'Small Group' study..."Here at Gloria Dei, we’re in the process of reexamining what it means to be a part of God’s Kingdom, and changing our culture to be in line with what Jesus has in mind for His church. We have begun a consultation process with Church Doctor Ministries to determine where we stand, ..." Read more here 

From the book “Who Broke My Church” by Kent Hunter:

During the last twenty centuries, in hundreds of nations, Christianity has flourished – then atrophied. Local churches thrive with vitality for a season. Then, over time, many plateau, decline and lose impact. Christianity fades and becomes marginalized. Secularization creeps in, and thriving nations become increasingly troubled. The value of life disintegrates.


Likewise, there are many documented movements in which God has reversed the decline among receptive people. It begins with an “awakening,” a wake-up call among Christians and their churches. They reclaim the essence of the New Testament church. What follows is often called a “revival.” God moves in the land. Christianity spreads rapidly. Many become believers. The nation benefits. How does this movement begin? How can the power of the church be restored?


You don’t want to miss this! Beginning January 6, we will use our small group time through early April to discover what it means to be living in and under God’s Kingdom as we search out just what His reign means for us. Come and join us! Groups meet Sunday during Sunday School, Monday mornings at 10 in Luther Hall, and Wednesday evenings, with dinner at 6:15 and group at 7. Other times and days may be started if demand is sufficient. Talk to Pastor Pat for details.


Sermons by Pastor Pat related to Who Broke My Church


Small Group meeting schedule:

Sunday 11:00 a.m. Church Sanctuary Narthex

Monday 10:00 a.m. Luther Hall adjacent to Early Learning Center

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Luther Hall (6:15 p.m. Small Group shared supper)

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"Daystar shine down on me, let your love shine through me in the night" ...Watch here

Author: Jason Crabb

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I was stirred at the last  Annual Gathering of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, the LCMC of which we are a part,  particularly by the keynote speaker,  and author of the book Who Broke  My Church, Kent Hunter..... Pastor Pat Fitzgerald

 

To prepare for the study, you can view Kent’s and his associate Tracee Swank’s keynote addresses  at the LCMC October 2018 Annual Gathering in the videos posted below.


LCMC Presentation #1 Mark Vander Tuig


LCMC Presentation #2 Tracee Swank


LCMC Presentation #3 Dr. Kent Hunter