The 2021 ECO National Gathering is a Virtual Conference that includes a weekend of leadership development, encouragement and a deep dive into God’s flourishing next step for your life and ministry. We want everyone in our church to register and participate! This is the perfect time for us as a church to be encouraged, inspired, challenged,and to buy into and get excited about the vision to which God has called our church in 2021. You can register and engage online or you can join us in person as we engage in the sanctuary and the old fellowship hall.

When is it?

The conference starts on January 29th (Friday) at 2 p.m. online with pre-conferences and then you are invited to join us at church at 5 p.m. for dinner (Chipotle will be provided). Sessions will be from 6-9 p.m. On January 30th (Saturday) the first session starts at noon. If you are joining us at church please arrive by 11:45 a.m. The retreat will conclude at 7:30 p.m. You are invited to join us at church on Saturday and we will enjoy Domino’s pizza together for dinner.

What’s the theme?

The theme, “Into the Unknown,” comes from Genesis 12:1-3: “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’”

In Genesis 12, God has called Abram to follow Him and promises to be faithful…yet does not tell Abram where he is going! Have the past months of life and ministry left you feeling like Abram? Like you’ve been plunging headlong into the unknown? The exhaustion, disappointment, loss, and stress is overwhelming. Church is not the same as it used to be. Your community is not the same as it used to be. You’re not the same as you used to be. Yet God is calling. He continues to lead us to places only He knows. He continues to bless us to be a blessing. He continues to inspire us to flourish. Through it all, we know our loving God is calling us to take one flourishing step at a time…into the unknown.

How can I register?

This church-wide First Presbyterian Church retreat is free and includes two meals.

Register here. If you are able to join us at church as we engage together virtually then in addition to registering online please email Billy Craig at bcraig@firstpreshbg.org to let him know so the church can plan accordingly. Send your email to Billy by Tuesday, January 26.

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