WATCH FOR GENERAL SYNOD PHOTOS COMING!!
6:30 am Breakfast with RI, Ma, and Ct Conferences
My Synod Experience – Patricia Safstrom
WOW! Imagine worshiping with 2,700 hundred people. Quite an image for me coming from a small congregation with a membership of 42 and average Sunday attendance of about 15. You can’t help but feel the Holy Spirit within you. Not that I haven’t had this feeling in our church but this was a Holy Spirit saying you can do this and bring it all back to the Moosup Valley Congregational Church community. I was wishing I could have bottled up the feeling and experience that would ensure I was able to express myself in a strong and spirit filled way.
This was my first Synod experience and truly I was not sure what to expect. It was shock and awe for the first couple of days. During worship services, I had tears in my eyes from the music of praise and love for God. I found the Synod experience to be breath taking.
As a delegate, there was work to be done and we were in attendance for seven plenary sessions. I felt so blessed to have had this opportunity to serve the Rhode Island Conference as one of their delegates and be a voting member on the resolutions and business brought before this 31st Synod. God is still speaking and we listened to his cry for Justice for all. I could go on and on about the excellent speakers we listened to who opened my eyes and my heart making myself and others aware of our world today.
I thank the Rhode Island Conference for this opportunity in taking this country girl out of Foster (even though I was born and raised in Pawtucket) and into the real world. I hope that I can bring back to the community the lessons and issues from Synod that will make a difference.
GOD IS STILL SPEAKING !
Click the link to see what happening at our Rhode Island conference. ricucc.org