COTH Cottage Meetings

July 6, 2016
Dear COTH members and friends:
Last month Elders and Deacons came together for a two-day leadership retreat (thank you for hosting us, Sandifers!) to consider the question:
How do we become the church God is calling us to be?
Using the metaphor of planning for and taking a journey toward a more Christ-centered church, we began to identify actions and attributes of COTH which will equip us for our journey. We also identified past, current, and dream ministries and placed them on a “map” in relationship to whether these attributes and ministries are inward focused (congregation), outward focused (community and/or world), and upward focused (toward God). A tri-fold board with our work from the retreat is available for viewing in the Narthex.
Over the next few weeks Elders and Deacons will be hosting small group cottage meetings for the congregation to help identify additional actions, attributes, and ministries of Christ’s church. Soon you will be invited to one of the cottage meetings. We urge you to listen for God’s guidance for the future of COTH while identifying YOUR passions and dreams for Church of the Hills. We will encourage thoughtful and productive discussions at these cottage meetings, culminating in a full congregational gathering in September to discuss the results from the small group conversations. This gathering will be also be a time to celebrate this leg of our journey and hear plans for moving toward a shared future as Christ’s church.
The cottage meetings are being planned for a variety of days and times (daytime, evening, weekend) with the hope that we can hear from as many voices as possible. We anticipate these meetings to last about 1.5 hours and light refreshments will be provided. When you are contacted with an invitation for a cottage meeting, please let your cottage meeting host know whether you will be able to attend, or if you can attend any of the other cottage meetings scheduled in July and August. Cottage meeting information will also be available on the COTH website, Friday Features, the Sunday bulletin and in the Narthex.
We look forward to continuing our journey toward the church God intends.
We all have unique items that will need to be packed in the luggage for this trip so please come along!
Cottage Meeting Dates
Sunday, July 17 11:30-1:00 pm
Wednesday, July 20  7:00-8:30pm
Friday, July 22  10:00-11:30am
Thursday, July 28 7:00-8:30 pm 
Friday, August 5 6:30 or 7:00 pm 
Monday, August 8  3:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, August 16  7:00-8:30pm