June 7 Worship Service
The weekend’s worship service is online! You can click the link above to watch the service. Or you can go to our YouTube channel (link below) on your TV, phone, or computer. Our services have a biblical, relevant message for each of our lives. The service also includes worship, announcements, and even a bit of humor–we can use all of those right now!
This weekend and every weekend, make the time to worship Jesus and be part of our worship service. Invite others to watch as well; now is the perfect time to draw closer to Jesus. The service will be uploaded by Saturday afternoon each week. Find a time to watch, and keep (or make) weekend worship a weekly habit for life.
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Church in Homes
Throughout this pandemic, our church has been working harder than ever—making calls each week, listening to the anxious, financially helping people, and delivering care packages (over 750 so far). If you can help out, let us know. If you need help, let us know—we are here to help.
Our church is NOT closed but working overtime to care for people and share God’s hope. We have weekend worship via video (YouTube link below), sermons posted online, and Life Groups (via Zoom) for prayer, Bible study, support, and serving.
Watch online each weekend—and invite others! The services are uploaded each week by noon on Saturday. And don’t forget to fill out a Connect Card—so we can get connected. We aren’t a video church; we are a family—life is better together!
God at the Movies
This year for God at the movies, we will be doing an AT HOME EDITION, with moves you can rent or stream. This is actually great because we can pick movies with incredible themes (rather than just want is in the theatres…but we miss the theaters!). This Sunday, we will be looking at the movie INCEPTION, and the themes of guilt, truth, and freedom. Of course, our sermons are not on the movies but on God’s word. We will dive into these themes in the Bible and see how to live them out in our lives.
This is a great time to jump into our church. We love to have fun, think deep, and pursue Jesus together. We don’t have all the answers, but we love asking great questions together.
Speaking Up for Justice
by Scott Nelson, Lead Pastor
Race is central (not secondary) to the gospel (see Matt 28:18-20; Acts 10:1-48; 15:1-31; Gal 3:28; Eph 2:14; Col 3:11; Rev 7:9). As Christians we pursue God’s righteousness in our lives and God’s justice in the world. We stand with Jesus to advocate for the least of these (Matt 25:40, 45) and the marginalized of society (Luke 7:34).
I will work for justice by speaking against injustice, standing with the exploited, and advocating for the punishment of all who do wrong. Systematic injustice can only be changed by consistent consequences; it does not happen overnight and it will not happen with words alone. Systematic justice can only happen when the justice system is filled with just people. People are not automatically just or fair. My job as a pastor is to help form just people (morality is not relative) and challenge them to work for justice. We weep over injustice and we work to grow just people; there can be no just system without strong, resilient, just people.
Discrimination and racism are global, human sins. I confess that I have fallen short in this area–often in unintended ways. Reading on the issues has helped, but it is genuine friendships that have shaped me the most, as I listened and grew a love for those of other races. Love–yes, love–I am standing up for those I love. Shame–one of the favorite weapons of our generation–cannot change a human heart. Shame pushes people away; violence increases fear and distance; genuine love in authentic relationships draws people together. God, we need Your help to admit, confess, and overcome discrimination and fear of each other. Jesus (a poor, homeless Jew who died a scornful criminal death) came to unite all of humanity; He came to create a new humanity. We live out this transformation day by day, imperfectly yet forgiven, not on platforms but in communities of faith and grace.
I stand up for people of color because they are my family, and we are in this together, working the journey for true change. This is central to the gospel and to our church family.
Life Groups—Live and In Person!
I want to give you some BIG news—many of our Life Groups are now meeting in person! Youth Ministry will be meeting in person starting June 15. And we will be having Kids Ministry events throughout June as well. It is so important to stay connected to each other; it is vital to our spiritual and mental health. If you are ready to get connected in a group—fill out a Connect Card on our website and let us know. We will get you plugged in!
As a church, we are moving forward prayerfully, cautiously and grace filled. We always move forward in prayer. We are also being cautious—following key guidelines for gathering (six feet apart, washing hands, meeting outside if possible, stay home if sick or exposed). We will also be filled with grace. It’s ok if someone wants to wear a mask, stay on Zoom, bring their own chair, or have increased physical distance. We don’t all have to agree on politics or pandemics—we are united in Christ—and our church family is a place of grace.
We have an amazing team of people who have been delivering care packages to seniors, kids, and youth for the last two months. This is called Team Sunshine—and they shine the light of Jesus (see Matthew 5:16). This team has been growing, and you can be part of it as well. Their next delivery times are June 6 for seniors and June 13 for kids. Both are at 10:00am at the church building. Send the church office an email to let us know you are coming (firstname.lastname@example.org). I love that our church is serving in this practical way!