Richard Foster once wrote that, “We cannot do the work of the Spirit in the power of the flesh.” Without the movement and blessing of God, all we are doing is running in place without really getting anywhere.
The Vitality Team hosted an evening filled with prayer, fellowship and root beer floats in mid-August. The night started with Pat Stevens, Vitality Team Leader, describing the eight functions of the Vitality Team. A brief description of each function was given, lastly discussing the current survey that is available to be completed by each youth and adult member of FirstCov. If you haven’t already, please complete a survey by August 31: online here or on paper @theHub.
Pat continued to illustrate the Vitality Pathway process by briefly describing the Ten Healthy, Missional Markers. On FirstCov’s journey from becoming a ‘stable’ church to a ‘healthy, missional’ church, these markers help us to listen to the Holy Spirit, so that our ears are open to what Jesus is saying to our church. By “healthy” we mean pursuing Christ. By “missional” we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world.
“Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
The group then gathered into circle formation (see picture above), where fervent prayer was expressed. Many praises and prayers for the world, the country, the River Falls and surrounding communities, the church ministries, families, marriages and children were spoken. The Vitality Pathway has been bathed in prayer; however, this was a time for many to unite together in the name of Jesus Christ to present a spirit of unity and strength.
Finally, the evening concluded with a sweet treat of root beer floats and fellowship. The Vitality Team would like to thank all who attended and to those who have, and continue to cover the Pathway process in dedicated prayer.