Monday, December 31, 2012
Ten Years After: Our Anniversary Celebration Sunday, Jan. 6. Come Party With Us
The Welcome Table Church, a free christian universalist missional community, celebrates our 10th anniversary on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 6, come for worship at 11 am, and/or meal at noon, and/or public reception from 1-3 pm, at 5920 N. Owasso Ave. one block west of Peoria Ave. behind the Tag Agency and near Cherokee School. Please share this with others and bring friends, or just the curious...
This Epiphany Sunday Jan. 6 it will be 10 years to the day since our first gathering of what is now known as The Welcome Table missional community; so many changes, so much incredible ministry, still beginning but worth celebrating; especially an invite to all who have ever worked with us or worshipped with us.
In some ways we began in Weston, Mass in 2002 during the annual convocation of the Christian Churches within the Unitarian Universalist Association when during worship and on my knees with hands laid on me by ministers and those in attendance I was commissioned as an evangelist; this coming just two months after I had been officially ordained by All Souls Church in Tulsa. But church is not one person, even co-missionally, and so we really began as we, a group of nine half of whom had not met one another and one whom was supportive but only came to lend moral support, met Jan. 6, 2003 in our living room at the time in Owasso, OK and each week after that one place or another or day or another. First we were Epiphany Church and met in homes then motel banquet rooms in Owasso and at Panera Bread meeting room, then rented space at German Corner in Owasso; our first public worship was Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday 2003. We had 25 people on Easter; the Sunday after Easter we had three people. We could have stopped then, like so many church plants dying of a premature birth and inadequate leadership and limited resources and in a culture that didn't fit with us. But we continued to be open to where the Spirit of God would lead us, would need us, and so it was through many "deaths to what we had been", through many steep learning curves.
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Thanks, blessings, and more to come,
Ron Robinson, a church planter turned planter of missions that plant missions, in the abandoned places of the Empire.
P.S. I hope to write more soon, though i have written in the past about it too, of that steep learning curve, and all the things I did wrong as a leader and church planter, both my first go around in 1991 and this time too. Just so the only inspiring things are not just the things that get lauded, for it is most often the other things, the missteps, that have had the most impact during these past ten years.
Posted by Ron at 6:59 PM