I am thrilled to announce that our seminarian and dear friend, Liz Gray, will be made a deacon in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on December 27, 2012. What a great Christmas present to us all! You are warmly invited to attend. The favor of an rsvp would help us plan for food and beverage! 🙂
As followers of Christ, we are all called to be salt and light in the world; to discharge our vocation to the glory of God; and to be attentive to the needs of those around us. We are all ministers of the life-changing Gospel.
But the church has always set aside a few from her number to hold a special office. We ordain those who are called to lead, to teach, to counsel, and to celebrate the sacraments. We are so grateful to have been a part of this journey with Liz.
- She will complete her Masters at the end of this month.
- She has been through a rigorous season of parish discernment and ecclesiastical examination.
- And she has completed a one year internship as Restoration’s seminarian.
We believe that she is called, that she is gifted, and that she is ready to lead and serve in Christ’s church.
On January 15, Liz will begin a new role at Restoration. She will be our full-time Pastoral Associate for Discipleship. She will direct our prayer, outreach, and discipleship ministries. Imagine a high level strategist who is thinking deliberately about how we help people grow to look like Jesus. This could happen by getting involved with one of our outreach partners, or learning to pray for the sick, or taking a class or small group or a myriad other ideas. Liz will be supervising these programs and helping people go deeper in their relationship with Jesus.
I am so thankful for the gifts she brings to our church. If you are in town on the 27th, I hope you will join us to celebrate her ordination. Feel free to leave a congratulations in the comments below.
And if Restoration is your church home, I hope you will pursue the different opportunities we provide to help you learn, experience, and grow in your relationship with God. Thanks Liz for blessing our church with your leadership and service!