I am sure that many of you have big Labor Day weekend plans, and I hope that you’ll include church in them! We are starting a new sermon series this week. Throughout September and October I’ll be preaching through Mark. We’ll cover 2 chapters at a time while we are reading the same scriptures as part of our “Full Gospel Project.” In the sermon this week I will give you an introduction to the book of Mark. You’ll learn who we believe wrote the book, as well as when and why they wrote it. Then we’ll take a look into what we can learn from the way that Mark’s Gospel introduces Jesus- it tells us a lot about what the author believed to be true about Him. I do hope that you’ll come to worship this weekend and bring your family and friends that are in town!
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Mark chapters 1-2. As you read this week, consider the following:
Read Mark 1:35-39. Our quiet time with God is important in our lives- it was even important to Jesus! Suddenly his quite time is interrupted and Simon tells Jesus, “Everyone’s looking for you!” Jesus’ response to Simon in verse 38 is interesting and perhaps not what I would have expected. How do you respond when it feels like everyone is looking for you?
In Mark 2:13-17 we have the call story of Levi (also called Matthew) who became one of Jesus’ disciples. Levi was a tax collector, and tax collectors were widely believed to be dishonest and sinful- even traitors to their people. Jesus chose “questionable people” to be His disciples. In your life, what are the ways that you can relate to Levi?
Update on Tina and Larry
For those who haven’t heard, Larry and Tina Melville were in a bad motorcycle accident 3 weeks ago. We’ve got great news this week! Larry was moved to a rehab facility in Kansas City today, and Tina will be moving to a skilled nursing facility at the end of the week. She will spend 3 weeks there before also moving to a rehab facility. It’s going to continue to be a slow process, but they’re both heading on to the next stage!
Please pray for their continued recovery and for the wisdom of the doctors and nurses who are caring for them. They feel blessed to be alive and are in good spirits. We are all praying for and cheering them along as a church family.
Connect, Grow & Serve
This fall we are launching a new ministry for married couples called “Married People.” We’ll kick things off with a “Date Night” on Friday, September 6th at 5:30pm. You will be given some encouragement and am “agenda” and then sent out for a great night of falling deeper in love with your spouse. Great for couples of all ages and stages. Childcare will be provided from 5:30-8:30pm.
Its a come and go baby shower for Rachel and Brad! Come and celebrate baby Englebart on Sunday, September 8th following church in the community room. Bring good wishes or a small gift for baby, big brother and sister, or something to pamper the busy mom & dad! Cupcakes and punch will be served.
New Book Study Group
All adults are welcome to join us for a new book study on Wednesdays from 7-8pm. There is still time to get involved in the nine-week study that met for the first time last week. The group will be studying a book entitled, “A Faith of Your Own: Naming What You Really Believe” by Ronald J. Allen. We hope you will be able to join us. For more information please contact Becky Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show Your Money Who’s Boss!
Paycheck-to-paycheck living is no longer an option. Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts will teach you how to take control of your money. Sign up for Financial Peace University today. Our sister congregation, Harper Chapel UMC, is hosting a class on Sundays from 6-8pm beginning on September 8th. Get more information or sign up today at www.fpu.com/1094182
BOOKS for Kids
This year we will again be partnering with Heritage Elementary School to provide a scholastic book per month to each child in the Kindergarten class. Because of our church’s overwhelming generosity last year, we have decided to also include the first-grade classes this year. You may sponsor a child for only $7 for the entire school year, or any smaller or larger amount would be greatly appreciated. We will need to collect approximately $2,000. Thank you for caring for the kids in our community.