Devotionals by Felix Carrion

Devotionals by Felix Carrion

A Prayer for the New Year

Sometimes a prayer like this is needed to wake us from our slumber, to shake us loose from our fears, and to set us on our way of "immediacy" toward long-forgotten hopes and longings and dreams. I think this is a prayer for the New Year.


God is Still Speaking,

Stillspeaking. It's the shorter form of "God is still speaking," a campaign by the United Church of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say. Since 2004, Stillspeaking has worked with thousands of UCC churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all—because no matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.

In 2004, it was concluded that there was a present and real need for the United Church of Christ to spread its message of extravagant welcome which continues to historically re-shape our understanding of the Christian faith and proclamation. The UCC responded to this call and challenge with a new identity and marketing campaign to let all others know that anyone could find a spiritual home in the United Church of Christ, be strengthened and nurtured in their faith and be blessed to reach out to others with their God-given gifts and talents.

Today, under one collective identity, we can enthusiastically lift up that the UCC is a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, many are raising their VOICES for an alternate vision:

- Where God is all-loving and inclusive
- Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
- Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
- Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary
- Where together we grow a just and peaceful world



Ready, Set, Grow! Retreat Resources

Come and See – Minnesota 2015 (ppt)

Come and See – Missouri Mid-South 2015 (ppt)

Come and See Event – IL Conf. 2015 (ppt)

Come and See Event – MA Conf. 2015 (ppt)

Come and See Event – PennWest 2015 (ppt)

Come and See Event – EOA/ERA 2015 (ppt)

Come and See Event – NY Metro (ppt)

Come and See Event – SONKA Association (ppt)

Come and See - Prairie Association (ppt)

Florida Conference

New Beginnings Come and See Event (ppt)

Lincoln IL
Becoming the Vital Churches and Disciple

Western North Carolina Association
The Heartbeat of Vitality
Becoming Vital Church and Disciples

Nurturing Extravagant Welcome in a Congregation Worksheet

L.I.F.E. Presentations on Evangelism – Eden Seminary
Presentation #1 - Church and Culture
Presentation #2 - Evangelism
Presentation #3 - Missional, Relational, Conversational

Nurturing Vital Discipleship and Church Membership (ppt)

Young Adult Research Handout (doc)

New Generations – Living Stones? (ppt)
NEAUCE Annual Conference
 
Becoming Living Stones that Tomorrow Requires (ppt)
NEAUCE Annual Conference

Stillspeaking Missional Outreach Woodmont CT

Creating the Church You Want to Join – Midwest Seminarian Gathering, April 2012

Missional Outreach - Chicago Metropolitan Assoc. Oct. 2011

11 Ways to Meet Your Church's Neighbors

Meeting Your Neighbor – Northwest Association, WI Conference

St. Louis Area Still Speaking Event – Feb. 2011

Rediscovering Your Missional Context
Living the Stillspeaking Welcome
Living the Still Speaking Witness

Wisconsin Evangelism Event

"Where is Your Neighbor?"
 Meeting Your Neighbor

Wisconson Conference -- June 2010 

New Orleans Association - May 15, 2010
Living into the Future – 2010 -- Vital Possibilities for Churches in New Orleans Association
Becoming the Vital Churches and Disciples that Tomorrow Requires

Tiffin Area Churches -- May 16, 2010
Becoming the Vital Churches and Disciples that Tomorrow Requires

 

Welcome to the Church House!

God is Still Speaking, Ready Set Grow ! Retreat
Feb. 2010

Missional Church in Culture


Past Events

Resources for the Florida Event

Tough times in church and culture - Powerpoint Presentation
Vital Congregations - Powerpoint Presentation

CVI TSM Training Agenda - March 09 (2) 

1 - Naming Your Personal Faith Identity
2 - Guided Meditation

PowerPoint Presentation - 21st Century Culture
PowerPoint Presentation - Culture and Community
PowerPoint Presentation - Missional

Worship Mar 13 CVI TSM Retreat
PowerPoint - Vital Congregations presentation at the Northeast Association of the Wisconsin Conference April 2009

General Synod Resources
Script God is Still Speaking, Ready, Set, Grow
Ready Set Grow Luncheon Questions for BINGO

Church Vitality and Faithful Discipleship in Difficult Times presented at the Tri-State Association Fall Meeting 2009, IK Conference.

 Resources for the Western Association of the IL Conference

Pastor’s Retreat Kansas Oklahoma Conference Feb. 2010

 

  Watchful Preparation. Plymouth Church UCC, Seattle


Stillspeaking Ads

 On Friday, November 5, the UCC's NEW video message, "Uniquely UCC" will be released via the internet!

...invite your friends and family during the UCC Stillspeaking National Friend-Raising Weekend, November 5-7. Learn more about this effort.

  

See, Hear, Share . . .

...your favorite United Church of Christ Internet, TV and Radio ads.  Embed them in your website, post them on your facebook account, email them to your friends...Whatever you do, help us spread the word of God's extravagant welcome!

 Internet 


'The Language of God'

Click above for embedding and download information

 

TV Ads
Here they are...the TV ads that put the United Church of Christ on the map!

Bouncer Ad from United Church of Christ on Vimeo.

Ejector Ad from United Church of Christ on Vimeo.

Ejector - Español from United Church of Christ on Vimeo.

Steeples Ad from United Church of Christ on Vimeo.

Download the TV Ads
Using your mouse, right-click - Save Target As...
Bouncer
Ejector
Eyector (En Español)
Steeples

Want to advertise your church on local TV?  Find out how to place an ad on cable TV!
 
Radio Ads
Stillspeaking has four 60-second radio spots that spread, with trademark humor, our denominational message of extravagant welcome. Listed below under "'08 ads" are Legal Copy and Telephone Tree, followed by Fashion Show and O Come, Some of Ye Faithful. They are yours for the listening!

// <![CDATA[ var hasRightVersion = DetectFlashVer(requiredMajorVersion, requiredMinorVersion, requiredRevision); if(hasRightVersion) { // if we've detected an acceptable version if (AC_FL_RunContent == 0) { alert("This page requires AC_RunActiveContent.js. In Flash, run \"Apply Active Content Update\" in the Commands menu to copy AC_RunActiveContent.js to the HTML output folder."); } else { // embed the flash movie AC_FL_RunContent( 'codebase', 'https://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0', 'width', '304', 'height', '114', 'src', 'flash/radio_ads', 'quality', 'high', 'pluginspage', 'https://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer', 'align', 'middle', 'play', 'true', 'loop', 'true', 'scale', 'showall', 'wmode', 'window', 'devicefont', 'false', 'id', 'flash/radio_ads', 'bgcolor', '#ffffff', 'name', 'radio_ads', 'menu', 'true', 'allowScriptAccess','sameDomain', 'movie', 'flash/radio_ads', 'salign', '' ); //end AC code } } else { // flash is too old or we can't detect the plugin var alternateContent = 'This content requires the Adobe Flash Player.' + '<br />' + '<a href="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" _mce_href="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" mce_href="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash">' + 'Get Flash Player 8' + '</a>'; document.write(alternateContent);} // ]]>


Download the '08 Radio Ads
Using your mouse, right-click - Save Target As...
Legal Copy
Telephone Tree: National
Telephone Tree: Custom


Radio Classics

// <![CDATA[ var hasRightVersion = DetectFlashVer(requiredMajorVersion, requiredMinorVersion, requiredRevision); if(hasRightVersion) { // if we've detected an acceptable version if (AC_FL_RunContent == 0) { alert("This page requires AC_RunActiveContent.js. In Flash, run \"Apply Active Content Update\" in the Commands menu to copy AC_RunActiveContent.js to the HTML output folder."); } else { // embed the flash movie AC_FL_RunContent( 'codebase', 'https://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0', 'width', '304', 'height', '114', 'src', 'flash/radio_ads_old', 'quality', 'high', 'pluginspage', 'https://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer', 'align', 'middle', 'play', 'true', 'loop', 'true', 'scale', 'showall', 'wmode', 'window', 'devicefont', 'false', 'id', 'flash/radio_ads_old', 'bgcolor', '#ffffff', 'name', 'radio_ads_old', 'menu', 'true', 'allowScriptAccess','sameDomain', 'movie', 'flash/radio_ads_old', 'salign', '' ); //end AC code } } else { // flash is too old or we can't detect the plugin var alternateContent = 'This content requires the Adobe Flash Player.' + '<br />' + '<a href="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" _mce_href="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" mce_href="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash">' + 'Get Flash Player 8' + '</a>'; document.write(alternateContent);} // ]]>


Download the Radio Classics
Using your mouse, right-click - Save Target As...
Fashion Show
O Come, Some Ye Faithful

Want to advertise your church on local radio?  Find out how to place an ad on local radio!

Posters
Not yet ready for primetime? How about advertising the old school way and plaster your community with welcoming posters?  Click here for more than a dozen stillspeaking templates to customize for your local church.


Tools for Churches

Hear a call to extend extravagant hospitality in Jesus' name? Want to build and claim your identity as part of the United Church of Christ? Burn with energy for invitation, welcome, mission? Like to have fun? These tools are for you.

New to Stillspeaking?
FAQs About the Stillspeaking Initiative
My Church Wants to Opt In Now!

Hospitality
Preparing for Company
Enlarge Your Welcome
Theology of Hospitality
Keep Track of Visitors: Use Our Pew Pad or Make Your Own
Worship Attendance Data Cruncher

Identity Items
Stillspeaking Stuff
Customized Merchandise


Party Packages

Hosting a crowd? It's easy to order Stillspeaking identity items on consignment and selected for your group size.
25 - 50 people
50 - 200 people
200 - 400 people
To order / Inventory

Training Tools
God is Still Speaking, Ready Set Grow! Retreat
Stillspeaking Training Archive
Stillspeaking in 15 Minutes 


Discussion Starters/Publications
Let's Talk Stillspeaking
Stillspeaking Bible Study Collection
Theological reflections: Essays and discussion questions from around the church on "Ejector"
Theological reflections on "Bouncer" and "All the People"


From Around the Country . . .
Real Life Examples
Stillspeaking Stories
Make my OWN TV Commerical? Yes, you can!

Invite Invite Invite Invite
TV, Radio & Beyond
See the ads
Put an ad on your local TV station 

Media with a Mission Grants
The Power of Invitation and Welcome
Ideas that Work
Free headlines
Graphics, signs

Creating a PowerPoint Presentation? Brand it!
Tools for Spring

Kids and Youth
Back to School
Vacation Bible School - Listen and Serve
Vacation Bible School - Learn about identity

Tools for Conferences/Associations
Conference Annual Meeting Tools
Stillspeaking in 15 Minutes
Stillspeaking churches by Conference