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Faith in action for March 18

March 18, 2011
By the Rev. Paul Wolf

We want to share with you some of the things that are going on in Marshall and the surrounding area relative to connecting with the young adults in our faith communities. When we say young adults, we are talking about people between the ages of 18 to 39 years old. Young adults who are in the main stream of life, either just connecting with the world around them with new jobs, new location, new friends and new opportunities, or young adults who are starting to, or who have children creating a totally new situation in life for them. Young adults who are looking for the grounding that so often is missing when totally new things happen or come into their life.

St. John's Theology Seminar staff members will come to the Campus Religious Center, 1418 State St., in Marshall from 9 a.m.-noon April 16 to lead a discussion titled: "Call and Response: Young Adults and the Church." It will be an opportunity for members of all faiths, and all ages to join together and input regarding our young adults, the largest inactive group in today's church. How can our congregations become welcoming places for young adults? How can our congregations incorporate young adults into its mission and tradition? We invite you to join in thinking creatively about how to engage new generations in the life of the church.

To understand how young adults' relationships with the church differ from their parents' and grandparents', we will reflect on changes in the development of the notion of young adulthood and explore defining characteristics of Generation X and Millennials. Together we will explore how we can reach out to young adults in our parishes, workplaces, and communities. Come join us!

Registration is required: or call 320-363-3570.

The Marshall area Community Faith Group is seeking to be of help to you in the work place, and to all church congregations in a couple of different ways. First, please know that the Community Faith Group is not a church, and we are not a new religion. Rather, we are a group of local businessmen and women from all faiths who gather once per month for lunch to celebrate our faith in Christ, and to listen to guest speakers talk about how Christ is working in and through them to make our lives and work place a better.

Second, we are having a community faith meeting from noon-1 p.m. Thursday at the Marshall Golf Club. The cost is $10 per person, at the door. Our guest speaker, Tom Wosepka of Alexandria will address the topic for the meeting: "When does a boy become a man?"

Wosepka will address the topic from a hands on expression of what he and several other fathers from his community are doing to help their sons grow up to be good, decent, Godly men. We encourage you to attend our meeting and to listen to this very practical approach to enriching the life of your son, as well as your own. Wosepka will address the aspect of sons, but the process applies to our daughters as well.

Third, we are endeavoring to enrich the work place by involving business owner, business leaders and their employees to join together in an effort to raise our communities through our Christian Faith. Come join us, you can make a difference!



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