Opportunities

Thirty Day Adventure Challenges ~

Are you up for a series of new adventures– a year-long journey towards increased awareness and mindfulness, connectedness with others, and spiritual growth and renewal? New 30-day adventures or “challenges” will be proposed for each of the next 12 months. Some are about increased consciousness, some are relational in nature, and some encourage deeper faith practices. Each month’s new challenge will be highlighted in the newsletter and bulletins, and posted on our Facebook page, website, and the bulletin board in the narthex. We will give you suggestions to get you started, but please be creative and don’t limit your adventure to just the ideas we list.

Each adventure is meant to be shared with your children, extended family members and friends. We encourage you to re-post adventures on your own Facebook page. You can commit to the challenge/adventure on our Facebook page, by writing “YES!” on the back of the green slip in the weekly bulletins, or by signing up on the bulletin board. And we’d love for you to post your experiences! Look to see adventure themes woven into worship services, children’s sermons and Wednesday night dinner table talks.

May Adventure Challenge — SPEAK LIFE, SPEAK WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” (Phil. 1:3) Paul is such a wonderful encourager, speaking “words of life” in the letters he writes, especially the one to the Philippians. Have you ever had one of those days, when you’re sailing along feeling just fine, and then all of a sudden someone speaks an unkind or critical word that just takes the wind out of your sails? I think we’ve all been on both the receiving and sending ends of hurtful words. The Bible has many passages that caution us about the power of our tongues and words (see Proverbs 12:18, 13:3, 18:21; Matthew 12: 33-37; Ephesians 4:29 and James 3:5-8, for a few). James says both “blessing and cursing can come out of the same mouth.” The adventure/challenge for the month of May is simple and

The adventure/challenge for the month of May is simple and straight forward, but not necessarily easy to do. It is to speak a word of encouragement, hope, appreciation or compassion to at least one person you encounter every day, and on the flip side of that, to guard against saying negative, critical things to people. This may come more easily with family or friends, but I also encourage you to stretch outside your comfort zone and say something nice to a store clerk, a co-worker, a neighbor or a complete stranger. You would be amazed at how a word of appreciation or encouragement might just make someone’s day, and it will set your mind in a more positive and compassionate place, as well. Listen for nudges from the Holy Spirit – you might just say the thing that someone needed to hear that day.

Toby Mac sums this up perfectly in his song, “Speak Life,” which I encourage you to check out on Youtube:

 

 

Namaste

Your Adventure Team – Renee Geiger, Craig Geiger, Cathy Cermak, and Pastor Alan

 

Deborah’s Gathering ~

Women’s Bible Study and Fellowship

for all ages held on the second Wednesday afternoon

of every month from September through May.

 

Fellowship Meals ~

Dinner served at 5:30 -6:15 p.m.

($4 donation)

(September through Mid-May)

 

New Spirit Community Garden is a true “community garden” located on the north portion of the church property. Managed by Community Gardens of Tucson, garden members “rent” a 3’ x 25’ garden plot for $18/month to pay for water, land use, and benefits of the organization. Garden members meet together once a month (the 1st Saturday of each month at 8 a.m.) with the “master gardeners” of CGT to learn about raising crops in the desert.

Members are responsible for amending the soil of their bed, following a “recipe” for our type of soil. An “organic recipe” is available for those who desire to grow organic crops. Members harvest what they sow, which can be as much as 300 pounds of vegetables per year. For more information contact TCG’s manager, Karen McWhirter at

karen@mcwhirter.net or 722-6929.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering through New Spirit Lutheran Church, you can contact the Office Administrator, Nancy, at 520-296-2461.