450 at Super Saturday told to let God use them to do greater things
By Tiffany Vail
Associate for Communication
The Rev. Ruben Duran told more than 450 people at Super Saturday this past weekend to trust in the spirit of God during their workshops and community time together.
"This is the day for you to say: God, grab me gently and melt me and mold me and fill me and use me – I want to be part of your team to accomplish greater things for you, on behalf of the gospel, for the sake of the world, for the glory of God," said Duran, Program Director for New Congregations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
"It's not about us, it's about the spirit in us," he said. "Propelling us to do greater things for God, turning us into engineers and co-architects of missional communities that we can offer to God and to the world with guts and determination."
Attendees from the Connecticut and Massachusetts Conferences, which co-sponsored the event, said the morning's worship and keynote address were just what they needed to launch them into a day of learning and idea-sharing.
"The keynote speaker was entertaining, motivating, and inspirational. He delivered his message in a way that hit home," said Richard Plummer of the First Parish of Bolton, MA.
"The keynote speaker gave me lots of ideas," said Karen Johnson of Old Stone Church in East Haven, CT. " My mind was firing on all cylinders while he was talking."
(A video of the keynote will be made available soon.)
Attendees - who came from 140 different churches in the two Conferences - could choose from more than 50 workshops, and could attend two plus a lunchtime discussion or forum. There were also numerous marketplace tables featuring merchandise and information, and lots of networking opportunities.
"This is awesome," said Linda Merchant of the First Church of Griswold, CT. "This is my second time coming ... it's always so wonderful to be with people who have the same experiences, problems, but different ideas on how to solve them."
For Jean Clark, of First Congregational Church of Longmeadow, it was her first Super Saturday.
"I am just amazed at all the people who came, of all ages, with different perspectives. It made for very stimulating discussions about building healthy church relationship," Clark said.
Because this was the tenth Super Saturday, ten lucky attendees won a chance to attend a future Super Saturday for free.
"I’m having a great time," said Mary Rafferty of First Congregational Church of Hanover. "I won a free pass to come to the next one so I’m really looking forward to coming again."
Another highlight of the event came at the end of the morning worship and keynote. Massachusetts Conference Minister & President Jim Antal had promised the Conference's new Environmental Justice Intern, Patrick Cage, that if he could get 10 churches to begin discussions about divesting from fossil fuel, he would take some pies to the face at Super Saturday.
So, dressed in goggles and a rain poncho, Antal did just that, getting hit by 3 shaving cream pies in the face and one over his head.
Workshop proposals for the next Super Saturday, Oct. 17 in Framingham, MA, are now being accepted. Resources and recordings from previous Super Saturdays are also available online. Visit macucc.org/supersaturday for all Super Saturday related materials and information.
Photos by Eric Anderson and Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane
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