"The Bible is central to our faith," said Terry Plocher, pastor of the Reinbeck United Methodist church,"but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 sessions so everyone understands God's story and how their story intersects with it."
The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in Reinbeck are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.
The Church is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. Pastor Plocher believes that The Story, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God's story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God's. Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.
"I want the people in my congregation, as well as the city of Reinbeck, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story," said Plocher.
The Story Church Campaign is a unique program five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), curriculum for all ages, Bible Studies, sermons, online Bible studies and more. The entire church can literally be on the same page for all 31 sessions THE STORY begins the September 22 and will follow the Wednesday night LIGHT schedule.
Reinbeck UMC would like to invite you to experience The Story. Sunday services are at 8:30 and 10:15. Wednesday LIGHT starts with supper at 5:30 with classes to follow. For more information, rumcthestory.blogspot.com/ or call 319-788-2310.