Unofficially summer has now come to an end. For many of us, the rush of visitors is beginning to die down. School is back in session. Football will be on TVs and in high school stadiums. The marching bands are practicing. Things are changing. While change can be difficult for us, it is often what is best for us.
For the next 7 weeks we’ll be walking through the Gospel of Mark together. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus is constantly encouraging people to change their hearts and lives. Changing is often a hard thing to do- especially when it’s our own hearts and lives. But there’s much to be gained when we trust in Jesus and allow Him to help us to change. I invite you to join us on Sunday as we look at the rewards and blessings that come from living a changed life for the Kingdom of God.
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Mark chapters 3-4. As you read this week, consider the following:
1. In Mark 3:20-35 the author records a number of incidents that led some to believe that Jesus was, in fact, crazy. In the middle of these verses Jesus notes that there is one unforgivable sin. What was that sin, and what do you think Jesus meant by it?
2. Mark 4 is filled with parables about agriculture. Consider Mark 4:26-32. Jesus doesn’t tell us who the farmer is. Is it God? Jesus? I suspect that when we read these passages today that we are meant to see ourselves as the farmer. Look at your life. Can you see examples of things you’ve done and people you’ve poured into that have grown and produced fruit for the kingdom of God?
Update on Tina and Larry Melville
For those who haven’t heard, Larry and Tina Melville were in a bad motorcycle accident 4 weeks ago. Larry is in a rehab facility in Kansas City and Tina is in a skilled nursing facility as she continues to recover. Let’s just say that they’re getting bored! If you’d like to call them, or if you’re in the area soon they would love it if you’d stop by. You may also choose to send them cards or letters.
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.
Please send mail to: 14313 Norwood St. Leawood, KS 66224
If you want to stop by:
Tina is at Select Specialty Care, 1731 N 90th St, Kansas City, KS 66112
Larry is at St. Luke’s South Hospital, 12300 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66123
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Married People Ministry
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.
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.