Have all the tweets, Facebook posts, emails, and pulpit announcements gotten your attention yet? I hope so, because on June 29, I want every adult in the congregation to plan on participating in Community Bible Experience (CBE). This Study provides a fantastic way to read the Bible. Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, has test-driven CBE with over 300,000 people, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive.
By taking out all of the verse and chapter num- bers, cross references, and notes, removing red letters and putting the text in a single column, they have slimmed down the thickness of the New Testament. And then, by rearranging the order of the books so they are more chronologi- cal, the Bible jumps to life! But the best part is the reading plan. By reading twelve pages every day, five days a week, for eight weeks, you will have read the whole New Testament. But what is the fun of doing that all by yourself? Why not do it with everyone? Reading the Bible alone is difficult for many, many people. But if you read the Bible and then get together to talk about it, isn’t that a better way of going through the New Testament in community?
Please plan to join us on Sunday, June 29. We will have a special First Hour Connection where we pass out the Bibles and get everyone oriented. I’m excited that Traci Crowley has agreed to emcee our mornings together. We’ll take a week off over Fourth of July, but then, we’ll start meeting every Sunday from July 13 to August 31.
Sign up in the foyer after church services on June 8, June 15, and June 21. Friends are welcome. We just need to know they plan on participating. For additional information, visit our website at www.evcl.org/cbe/.