Upcoming Special Events in Columbia

One of the more encouraging ways I have found to exercise my faith in Christ is to seek the good of the city to which He has sent this former Detroiter. Since I landed in CoMo in the Fall of 1992, it’s been pretty wild to watch as God has raised up 1) my home church, The Crossing, 2) the citywide coalition of churches that participate in ForColumbia and 3) the CoMo Christian Men’s Conference.

Upcoming EventsThis year, I didn’t get the Q Commons memo until it was too late, but I’m planning to participate in the other three events listed below and I’d like to invite you to do the same. Please feel free to forward this information to others who may be interested; thanks for your support.

Don’t wait; mark your calendar now. There are plenty of exciting events coming up here in Columbia in the next few months.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Q Commons
An opportunity for local communities to gather and learn from a diverse group of leaders, discuss key cultural issues and take steps toward advancing good in their local context. Open to all. Three national speakers are David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Kara Powell, Fuller Youth Institute and author of Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World; Propaganda, hip-hop and spoken word artist. More info: http://qcommons.com/Columbia and http://qideas.org/about/.

Cost: $20. Tickets required.
Calvary Baptist Church
606 Ridgeway Ave.
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 449-3144

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
“Surviving the Holidays”
The Crossing is currently running both a DivorceCare and a GriefShare class on Wednesday evenings and, once again, the holiday season will soon be upon us. If you have suffered a catastrophic loss in the past few years – but for whatever reason just can’t make 12 Wednesday evenings in row work for your schedule – these two special one-day sessions will give you some practical help to manage your expectations (and the expectations of others) as you enter a holiday season having lost a loved one either to divorce or death. The Crossing has been facilitating this class for several years now; hundreds have found it both healing and helpful.

Cost: $10, includes brunch and a booklet. Register online.
The Crossing
3615 Southland Drive
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 256-4410

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
CoMo Christian Men’s Conference
The mission of the CoMo Christian Mens Conference is to bring men from a variety of faith backgrounds together in an environment where they feel safe and challenged to explore a more meaningful relationship with God. Keynote Speaker: Lee Strobel, author of the bestselling book, The Case for Christ, and subject of the 2017 film by the same name. (Sorry, ladies…men only at this event.) More info: Call Fred Parry at (573) 449-6644 or email fred@CoMoChristian.com.

Cost: Ticket prices vary; best to lock this one down early. Register online.
The Crossing
3615 Southland Drive
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 256-4410

Saturday, April 28, 2018 (Sounds like a long way off…but make plans now to participate!)
ForColumbia
ForColumbia was founded in 2015 with a simple mission: to bring Christians together to share God’s love by serving our community, side by side. We do this by organizing volunteers from Christian churches throughout Columbia to serve individuals and non-profit organizations in a city-wide day of service. In our inaugural year, several hundred volunteers from 11 churches gathered to serve alongside nearly twenty organizations. In 2016, our second year, church participation tripled as 33 churches partnered to serving alongside one another; well over 1,600 volunteers from those partnering congregations served in over 100 locations in our community. More info: info@forcolumbia.com.

Jeremiah 29:4-7 (ESV)
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

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