Pastor’s Pen

April begins with a bang as we celebrate Easter Sunday on April 1st.  On the first Sunday in April we also began our newest sermon series called “Belong, Behave, Believe”.  We often think that being a Christians start with having faith.  Then, when someone makes a confession of faith and accepts Jesus as Lord, they begin to learn what it requires to belong to a community of faith and they start behaving accordingly.  But Jesus did not work this way and this pattern does not work well for many on the outskirts of the church today.  This series will explore the ways in which Christ lived out a gospel of welcome and homecoming and modeled the primary need to belong, even before we know what exactly we believe or how we are to behave. During this series, we will seek to practice faith as Jesus practiced it, helping people feel like they belong!

After Easter Sunday we will begin the process of ordering new directories!  We have made every effort to collect pictures and information for the new directory.  After this exhaustive effort we simply need to move forward with who and what we have.  We will continue to update the online directory as information comes available.  The goal is to print a new and updated directory about every two years so that the information stays current.  We will set up a sign-up sheet and collect money during the non-Easter Sundays in April with the goal of having the printed directory arriving in early summer.

As we draw close to summer, please be aware that we will shift to one service starting on May 20th.  We will worship at 10:30 this summer.  Just kidding – it will be at 9:00 again.  But now that I have your attention, please be in prayerful consideration of our church offering an evening worship service during the summer months.  Please share what God reveals to you!

Thanks for your time!  As always, may the Lord our God bless you and your family!!

– Pastor John

 

Faith Focus: For the month of April, please take time to read, ponder, and pray through these words from John 15:19.

If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world — therefore the world hates you”.

How do you at times “belong to the world”?  What does it mean to be “chosen” by Jesus?  How does this affect how you live your life?