“Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:8-10).
Two thousand years ago, Paul took the good news of Jesus and proclaimed it in a new way to the Gentiles, announcing that, in Christ, all peoples now had access to God’s grace. Five hundred years ago, a Roman Catholic priest by the name of Martin Luther took advantage of the brand new, high-tech Gutenberg printing press to proclaim the message of the gospel across Europe. Throughout the ages, the Christian church has had to find ever new ways to share the good news of Jesus, adapting to ever-changing means of communication and technology. The Christian church of today is no exception. Change is happening at a record pace and, while the gospel has not changed, how we communicate the gospel must.
As I shared in last week’s Messenger article, in 2018 we are going to be experimenting with some new communication methods. Instead of receiving a monthly Eagle newsletter in the mail, you will be receiving four quarterly Eagle magazines. These will arrive in March, June, September, and December. The primary purpose of these newly designed Eagle magazines will be to tell the story of how God is at work in and through the congregation of St. John’s. In the months when you will not be receiving an Eagle, you will receive a postcard in the mail, sharing the highlights of what will be taking place at St. John’s over the coming weeks. You should have received your January postcard in the mail this past week. The weekly Messengers included in the worship bulletins will continue and will include all of the needed information about upcoming ministries.
Moving to a quarterly Eagle will allow us to focus more on our internet and social media communication, including e-mail, Facebook, and our newly designed website at www.stjohns-springfield.org . The website is the best place to find all the information you need to know about what’s going on at St. John’s and how you can get involved. In addition, two weekly e-mails will be sent out to the congregation, one on Tuesdays of each week sharing what’s happening “This Week” at St. John’s and one on Fridays of each week sharing what’s happening “This Weekend” at St. John’s. In order to make these e-mail communications most effective, we, of course, need your most up-to-date e-mail address. During this weekend’s worship, we will be asking everyone to share with us their most up-to-date e-mail address so that we can make sure you are receiving the information you need. Thank you in advance for your help as we continue in the tradition of St. Paul, Martin Luther, and many, many others of proclaiming the good news of Jesus in ever new and changing ways!
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