A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Newsletter

Our newest newsletter was posted today.  Unfortunately, somehow the front of the newsletter contained a “Parson-to-Person” from last January.  Somewhere between my computer and Rita Clarke’s computer, a “cyber-space” glitch occurred.  We will be posting the correct “Parson-to-Person” on the e-newsletter.  In case you missed, however, I am also including it here.

 June 17, 2010

Parson-to-Person… 

     Last night at Church Council David Burgess, Chair of our IT (Internet Technologies) Ministry Team, presented us with a wonderful visual run through of what our new website provides us. 

l) Did you miss last Sunday’s worship service?  Then you can find a podcast and listen to the sermon.  

2)Did you forget when Vacation Bible School starts?  Then you can check out the church calendar. 

3) Have you misplaced your newsletter?  Then you can read the current newsletter on line.

4) Do you want to receive the latest announcements about the happenings and people at Nardin?  Then you can sign up to receive direct emails from the church.

 In the future we will also be able to register on line for that fall Bible class, or to sign up for that Advent Family Celebration.  It’s simply amazing how we will be able to stay closely connected with each other.  [Printed newsletter will still be available upon request.]

     In the midst of all this marvelous technology I received an e-news report from the Barna Research Group that included this statement:  “In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and texting, many Americans feel more connected to people than ever, but a new national survey shows that Americans are not just connected to each other.  One of the dominant connections in people’s lives is with Jesus Christ.  In fact, more people claim to be closely connected to Jesus Christ than have a Facebook page or Twitter account.”

     The Barna study, conducted among a random sample of 1,002 U.S. adults, discovered that two out of every three adults (67%) claimed to have a “personal relationship” with Jesus that is currently active and that influences their life.  The age break-down of the responses included 72% of adults 65 or older, 70% of Boomers (ages 46-64), 65% of Busters (ages 27-45) and 52% of Mosaics (ages 18-26).

     I pray that our new web site will not only connect us together as the Nardin Park community of faith, but that people we don’t even know can be connected to Jesus Christ through us.  It truly is an exciting time to be the church!                                                                   

               In hope and confidence,

                                 Dale