Join the women of Resurrection Brooklyn for a mid-winter retreat, exploring the Christian practice of Rest. The retreat will take place at Stony Point Retreat Center. Our guest speaker will be Micha Boyett, author of the book Found. The retreat will begin Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. More information can be found on the registration page below. For more information or with questions, please email Kaytie Eaton.
The retreat will begin Friday evening (around 7pm) and conclude on Sunday at 12 noon. All meals, supplies, and 2 nights stay are included in the cost.
More details are available here on the registration form: Women’s Retreat Registration
After worshiping every week for almost two years, we are so very grateful for what Resurrection Brooklyn Heights is and is becoming. From one perspective, we are a random group of people whose common faith in Jesus and shared vision has brought us together. From another perspective, we have been led by God to be a local expression of the church, the body of Christ, in our neighborhood. But regardless of how you consider it, our lives have changed in some way, shape or form through God’s work in this community.
A few weeks ago, I (Michael) was standing off to the side of the sanctuary after worship–taking a moment to both rest from the mingling, but also to see what was around me. A woman who stumbled on our church a few months earlier came up to me. She wanted to take the opportunity to tell me what God was doing in her life. This was a very sacred moment for us to behold God’s activity in her life. I think that these are the kinds of encounters that we all want and need to experience.
She told me God is changing her life. She now has a surprising desire to know God and to follow him. This might seem insignificant, but when we consider the implications of this new love, it is profound. God is working to cultivate new desires and values that redirect our lives and change our future for the better. This is God’s grace. We stumble upon Christian community and God meets us. He begins to reorder what we’ve held sacred, enlighten us to what it means to be Christian, and gives us an overwhelming security and peace in his love.
Whether we expected it or not, our community is an environment in which people are communing with and transformed by the living God.
Some of you are new to RBH. You arrived in a community that already was; a church with culture, ministry, and values. Others have been laboring from the beginning. Whether you are new or old to RBH, all of us are invited and called to give ourselves – our time, energy, gifts, money, and skills – to the life and work of God’s church.
Our vision is to be a worshiping community that seeks the flourishing of our neighborhood. We are all invited into this vision – to become its expression and presence.
We want to tell you three specific ways we want to embody this vision as look forward to the coming year. First, we desire that you grow in your relationship with God. We can think of no better way to seek the flourishing of our neighborhood than having Christians who live in our neighborhood and are growing in their relationship with God. One of the things it means to be a Christian is to be growing in our love of God and neighbor. The primary way this love is formed is through public worship on Sunday. Yet we recognize a need to cultivate our love of God and neighbor throughout the week by observing particular habits and practices. Later this winter, we will host a Cultivate Group – a small group committed to meeting for 6 weeks – as a way to intentionally grow our love of God and neighbor.
Second, we desire you to experience home. Though this happens in organic friendships and ministries like Mom’s Group, community groups are the intentional way to experience home. Community Groups are the primary place of pastoral care and community. This winter, we will add two new community groups. New community groups are the best way to get connected, if you are not yet involved in a group, I encouraged to join one of these new groups.
Third, As we think about pursuing this vision, we ask you to consider giving to it. Our goal for December was to raise $80,000. As of December 15, we are $72,000 shy of our goal. We invite/ask that you to pray for God’s provision for our church and encourage you to give generously as God leads you.
We pray that you would experience the joy and peace of Christmas; the festive celebration of light entering into the darkness and ultimately overcoming it completely. We are grateful for each one of you.
With much love,
Michael & Joe