Thursday, September 7, 2017

Renewal Works

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We are excited about the nationwide Episcopal program that we will be using this fall entitled RenewalWorks. RenewalWorks will help us look at our spiritual lives, and figure out individually and corporately what might be missing, as well as how to encourage a deeper spiritual relationship with God.

In order to begin this process, we are rolling out a Spiritual Life Inventory. This is a totally anonymous survey that we would like everyone in the congregation to take between September 10, this Sunday, and October 1. The on-line link specific to Saint John’s Getty Square is: https://www.research.net/r/RenewalWorks2110

RenewalWorks suggests you allow 30 minutes to complete the Spiritual Life Inventory on-line.

I have taken it, and found that it asks interesting questions and is not at all difficult to complete. You can change your answers on a page while you are filling it out, but once you press "next" you have to keep going. The answers are all multiple choice. This is totally anonymous. There is a graph at the bottom that tells you how much you have completed.

If you prefer to take this Spiritual Life Inventory on paper, paper copies will be available this Sunday, September 10 until October 1. Please place the completed survey in the box in the back of the Church or in the Guild Room. Please do not include your name. Vestry and Team members will be available after services on the next three Sundays if you need help completing the Survey.

The next steps are the serious work of the RenewalWorks Team of Saint John’s Getty Square. The RenewalWorks national organization will create a report for the parish, compiling all of our individual answers into a composite "snapshot" of St. John's parish. Our Team will meet four times from October into December to process the survey results and figure out how this information might be useful as we prayerfully look to our future in Christ. Our RenewalWorks Team Facilitator is Tara Seeley; Jen Longley is our RenewalWorks Team Communicator. RenewalWorks Team Members include: Samuel Akhtar, Linda Brown, Carol Craft, Deborah DeBride, Monica Harmon, Aaron McKinney, George Morrison and Carrie Parkey. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to ask me or any one of these RenewalWorks Team members.

Thank you so much for being part of this exciting work!

Blessings and love,

The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota

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