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Hope Co-op

Whether one is thirsting for beer (or lemonade), knowledge, or community, Thirsty Thursday is all about satisfying thirst. At the outset this ministry started at the very beginning of the Bible and just read a little and talked a little, all while meeting in the casual atmosphere outside of Woodgrain Brewing Co. in downtown Sioux Falls. And they have followed the same pattern ever since. We read a little and then talked about it — rinse and repeat. There is no expectation that anyone has read any of the Bible before, all questions are welcomed, and so are different viewpoints. They challenge each other and grow in faith together as they make sense of how God has been and continues to be involved in the world around us.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens is a small worshipping community that comes together through faith and a love of photography. As they wholeheartedly believe, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). Yet, while they are small in numbers at the local gatherings, their presence reaches people all over the world. It is humbling to think that people in SD are walking with God and their cameras along with people from Ohio and England!

The members of TTL tend to be members of other faith organizations (Episcopalians, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, etc.) I have seen their lives changed as a result of practicing contemplative photography. TTL has helped its members through some challenges and dark valleys. I have also heard renewed enthusiasm as people learn to connect with God in a new way. So, while I once considered TTL a community that would draw in new members to the Presbyterian faith; a way that I could proclaim the good news to those who had never heard about Jesus Christ, I now have readjusted my focus and expectation of Through The Lens.

For more information, contact Cathy Newcomb at cathynewcomb@hotmail.com

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