Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tending the Flame 2016

We gathered in Glen Allen, VA. this year 
at Virginia Crossings for 
Tending the Flame.
Here- Rev. Dr. Art Scherer is privileged
 to introduce our Conference  
speaker for this year- Rev. Keith Anderson.
Pastor Art was Kevin's Confirmation teacher.
Pastor Keith is the author of Digital Cathedral- 
Networked Ministry in a Wireless World.
It was one of the books used for my research 
with social media and connecting pastor's wives.
 Pastor Keith shared innovative ideas 
for getting out of the walls 
of our church buildings and into the neighborhoods.
For the first time we had a 
Creative Faith Center
 at Tending the Flame. 
Visual Faith tools for all ages.
There were reference books for sale
 and some supplies. 
All sorts of materials were "on hand" 
for trying in 
Bible margins,
 as well as all sorts of Faithbooking. 
Paper Bag Journals 
Some Helps for Bible Journaling
with Erika Radke 
Visual Prayer for our Country 
Bible Journaling  
Creative Faith presenter- 
Belinda Bost-
Make and Take- Prayer Projects 
with Belinda Bost

Erika Radke-
 Visual Faith- Bible Journaling presenter
Work of Erika Radke
Planners with a faith story.
Work of Melinda Ransdell

Emily Ransdell working 
on her paper bag journal
and playing card Bible quotes.

Erika and Connie
 Event exhibitor- Autumn Orme
 with  Lutheran Social Services-
found a bit of time to work in her Journaling Bible.

Emily Neuschafer 
painted this large canvas
 during the sermon in the worship service.
Visual Faith.
Grace Lutheran Church joins in the worship.
Pastor Keith reminded us - 
that ministry is relationship.
Digital ministry is relationship.
We need to tell the stories 
of what we are ALL learning
 in this endeavor of being TOGETHER-
in the digital world and in real life.
For the sake of those 
who do not yet know Jesus.

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