We started 2018 in a powerful way - united as a team, thanking and praising God for all He has done in our lives and in the lives of the people we serve through our ministry in 2017, clarifying our vision and goals for 2018 and just enjoying one another in a camp setting.
Our theme for the retreat was Living Branches.
John 15:4-5 say, "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
We want to be Living Branches that bear much fruit for the Lord. To do this we know that it starts with our personal relationship with Christ, putting God first, being faithful to seek God daily, read His Word, pray constantly, and rely on Him to lead us and guide us in all we do. This is the foundation for a team of people who want to be used by God to bless others.
We continued the retreat with a teaching about how to create engaging lesson plans in a new way for all age levels.
The team members then participated in a team-building or should I say team-stretching activity that gave us a lot to consider as work to unite even more to love each other well as we make our plans and determine how to best serve the people in our community.
There was also plenty of time for singing, playing and just being together and enjoying one another. We praise God for a great start to our new year.
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