Best Summit Ever! Do You Dare?

On Fire Fit“Best Summit ever!”

“You and your committee did a wonderful job for the Mission Summit Saturday.  There were so many thoughtful details, and the schedule hummed along just right. Congratulations to all of you! Compliments for the break out sessions, the food, the exhibit hall, and the family theme.  People liked Dave Scott.”

“It was a very good and creative conference.”

“I now know how to include music on a mission trip that has no trained musicians. You also showed me some new ways to worship our awesome God – the conga line was fun!”

These are just a few of the comments we have received thus far about our Families in Mission: Summit 2015. We estimate ~110 people attended the Summit, perhaps a few more. We planned for 125; there were 94 online registrations by Thursday when we closed it and 15 on-site registrations. Some people did not register at all and a few people only came for part of the morning.

Thanks to all the presenters, exhibitors, volunteers, and worship leaders. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The Keynote and 9 Breakout Sessions were well-attended and very well liked. The diversity of topics in the breakout sessions from hands-on crafts and fitness workout to those touching our hearts and expanding our minds, was appreciated. The presence of families – with young kids and teenagers – was felt most positively. Exhibits were very popular as was the Blessings Raffle and Worship sessions. Again, their diversity – artists, authors, mission and community service projects, para church organizations, the many opportunities to get to know one another which continues through the Blessing raffle gifts – was welcomed.

The Mission Summit is our annual gathering tool, a natural and open space that promotes our sharing, learning and networking in fun, creative, and interactive ways. Learning is fun, isn’t it. Now, we encourage you to take the next steps as we continue to help to build His kingdom. One of our presenters and exhibitors, Rachel Yates has suggested that for Summit 2016, we invite and feature connections that were made now and/or new lessons learned that have resulted in changes, and working together with new partners in the year ahead. Do you dare to do this? What connections did you make last Saturday that you will seek to nurture? What are you thinking about doing differently in your ministry or mission as a result of something you heard, felt, experienced at Summit 2015? Who is/are your new partner(s) as a result of Families in Mission: Summit 2015? Remember, you have the Program Guide that describes all of the ministries and lists the contact information.

The Photo Gallery (widget to the right) shows a few of the 30 exhibits that were presented at this year’s Summit. Other photos and perhaps a video will be forthcoming. In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Write us using the contact form on this blog. Tell us when you see us in your churches or at Presbytery events and gatherings. Email us. Go to the Los Ranchos website and spend some time browsing through it, besides of course, reading other posts in this Summit blog. In closing, we invite you, once again, if you haven’t already done so, to send your feedback about the Summit. Do consider serving on the 2016 Summit Planning team. Thanks again, for making Summit 2015 the best ever!  May we continue to receive and grow in His love and grace.

Anita (on behalf of the Families in Mission: Summit 2015 Planning team)

Valentine’s Day Prayer

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16

Most Gracious Heavenly Father, You gave Saint Valentine the courage to witness to the gospel of Christ, even to the point of giving his life for it. Help us to endure all suffering for love of you, and to seek you with all our hearts; for you alone are the source of life and love. Grant that we may have the courage and love to be strong witnesses of your truth to our friends and family and to the whole world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.