Fellowship is an essential part of our church, as it provides a place where deeper relationships and better support for one another can take place. Considering that the early church worshipped in large settings in the synagogues as well as in homes, we unite together similarly in order to be in deeper fellowship with God and one-another. God has reconciled us not only to Himself but also to each other. This "each other" is called His Church. Thus, we intentionally strive toward community through men's/women's groups, impromptu gatherings, and other personal settings.
- the condition or relation of being a fellow: the fellowship of humankind.
- friendly relationship; companionship: the fellowship of father and son.
- community of interest, feeling, etc.
- communion, as between members of the same church.
Coffee Fellowship, held from 10-llam on Sunday, averages 60-80 people per week. It is a great way for members and visitors to come together and to get to know one another.
Started in Fall 2021 is the FAN ministry: a linkage of Faith, Activity, Nutrition. This three-part program has had limited success in nutritional aspects, but dedication, determination, and a decision to be healthier has been evidenced not only by the number of miles walked (7,032) by the 20 committed walkers, but by their weekly prayer requests, reflections and comments, demonstrating that Faith is a very active part of their commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Though the one-year research commitment to FAN will soon end, planning is in process for direction in wellness focused activity. For more information, please email Carol Story at FAN@cotmmesa.org.
Mid-Week starts with a dinner put together by our great volunteer cooks; it serves 50-70 people per week. Special Events have included: Valentines Dinner, Ash Wednesday & Maundy Thursday bread & soup dinners followed by a Sanctuary service, Easter breakfast after the Sunrise-service, Chili Cookoff evening, Fall Festival with Weenie-roast and games, Reformation Sunday with bagpipes and a patio brunch, and a special family Christmas Dinner.
The Needlers ministry formerly met twice a month with 6-12 active members, but was COVID-suspended March 2020, and has not yet resumed organized meetings. Some former active members have been working on items at home. Please "stay tuned" for new time and dates.
All attenders and visitors in our congregation are welcome to join the COTM Needlers. If you have an interest in needlework, please contact Heather Ceasar (head usher) on Sunday, or call the office on a Friday morning.
During the past couple of years, the COTM Needlers made and distributed:
- Hats and a poncho for Navajo children
- Baby-bundles for the Navajo community; and for a local mother in need
- Hats and a head-band for the VA in Apache Junction
- Clothing donations delivered to the New Leaf Men's Shelter and the House of Refuge Gifts in December to several nursing homes consisting of: lap robes, small afghans, hats, scarves, Christmas stockings, and bags containing: a calendar, Kleenex, cards, a book, and fruit.
Announcing a new opportunity for fellowship called The Out to Lunch Bunch! Please let us know if you would like to join a group of folks monthly for a great meal and time of fellowship. The time, place, and dates are still to be determined as we work on the details. For now, we would love to hear from you to see how many folks are interested in joining this new fellowship opportunity. Please call the church office and leave a message for LaVonne Pearce or email her at Volunteer@cotmmesa.org.
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“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”