Summertime is fun time! Kids are out of school. It's a time for trips and swimming and vacations and outdoor activities. It's also a time when people lose touch with what's going on at church. I see it happen every summer. Someone says, "How come I didn't know Mr. Brown died? No one told me." Or they say, "Why didn't I know about our church VBS?"
Summertime is a fun time, but it's also a crazy time at church. Our routines are all mixed up, people miss church on Sundays because they're on vacation (so they don't get a bulletin or hear the Sunday announcements). All this can lead to a breakdown in communication and frustration for people who want to stay connected to the life of the church over the summer. It is just as frustrating for church leaders who want you to be connected.
Here are 5 Easy Ways to Keep Up with What's Happening at Your Church:
1. Come to church.
The very best way to stay connected is to come to church on Sunday mornings. It will feed your soul and it will also keep you informed. Consider this: if you miss just one Sunday, you might have to go two full weeks without hearing important news from the church. If you miss two in a row, you're just plain lost! (Not really, but you are going to have a serious problem staying informed about stuff at church.) So come to church as much as you can. Resist the temptation to be lazy and skip a Sunday. I understand you might need to miss church if you are on vacation, but be sure you attend if you are in town. And if you must miss a Sunday, the following steps become even more crucial to knowing what is happening at church. So pay attention!
2. Read Your Church Emails.
Let me say that again, READ YOUR CHURCH EMAILS. During the summer months, Pleasant Grove will email a copy of our Sunday bulletin every Monday morning. We will also send periodic updates about prayer requests, announcements, and other important information as needed. But none of these will do you any good if you don't read your church emails. So DON'T SKIP YOUR CHURCH EMAILS! READ THEM!!! I often hear people confess they didn't read an email the church sent (or that they just glanced at it without really paying much attention). That's not going to help you. READ YOUR EMAILS or you will only have yourself to blame when you don't know what's going on.
3. Check Our Church Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/pgumc.dalton
This is the church's most interactive, up-to-date, information source on the internet. We post prayer requests, announcements, and other important news here regularly. Furthermore, you can interact by responding to our posts, asking questions, or posting news of your own to share with your church family. Facebook is a valuable tool at our church.
4. The Old Fashioned Ways
I understand that not everyone uses email or Facebook. Although these tools will enhance your ability to keep up with what is happening at church, you can survive without them. However, if you don't utilize email or Facebook, you need to be especially proactive about seeking information you might have missed. Call the church office and ask the secretary. Call someone who was at church Sunday and get an update. I would especially encourage you to keep in touch with your Sunday school teachers, youth minister, and children's minster. These leaders are more likely to have the information you need to know about church activities. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways, but you have to work harder at them.
5. Stop by the Church Office - Monday - Thursday, 8:00-3:00
The church office is staffed by our wonderful church secretary, Angela Stack. She is the central relay for almost all essential church information. Stop by and see Angela sometime during the week and she can help you catch up on what you missed. She can also help you share information with others. The church secretary can answer many of your questions or at least point you to the right person.
Stay Connected this Summer!
We need your help to keep everyone informed and connect at church this summer. Please do your best to keep up with important information and we will do our best to share it with you during the fun, crazy summer months.