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Sharing Our Gifts

Jackie Thompson, Event Coordinator

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.  —I Corinthians 12:4-31

With the Waldo Canyon fire behind us, temperatures dropping, and a sense of normalcy returning, the summer is quickly coming to an end.  We have enjoyed our annual “End of Summer Social” at Mary and Marty’s ranch in Black Forest, and it was one more signal to us that autumn is just around the corner.  Before we know it, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas will be upon us.

I believe this fall will be a time of renewal after a hard summer, a time in which we can move forward and focus on what God has planned for us and our church both in the immediate and distant future.  Our biggest event of the year, Dreaming of Decadence, is very important to our church.  It helps us get our budget back on track, and it gives the community outside our church the opportunity to support our mission.  More than raising money, this annual event is our chance to show others who we are and what matters to us—to show them what we mean when we say we are “The Inclusive Church.”

Dreaming of Decadence is my favorite event.  It provides opportunities for fellowship while working together to accomplish an important goal.  Last year’s committee was an amazing, diverse, and talented group of people who brainstormed some great ideas.  Who would have thought that we could transform our stage into a pier?  Each person brought different skills to the table, and there was so much synergy that it kept us moving forward and focused, making the event both successful and fun—the best combination.

I am now in the process of looking for people who would like to be a part of this year’s planning committee.  Like the Scripture passage above, this is a time when people of all different gift-sets are needed.  This really is a ministry opportunity—a chance to share your talents with the church and our community.  There are many skill-sets needed—people with ideas about the program, an eye for decorating, or a willingness to procure auction items, sponsorships, and donations.  There are opportunities to build, cook, decorate, and much more!  So, bring your talents, and join with the body of Christ in this place to create a night of celebration and fun!

To help with Dreaming of Decadence, please contact Jackie Thompson at


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