Join us for Bible Study after church on September 13 and 20, 2020. We will use the movie Evan Almighty to talk about how God uses the imperfect to change the world. Bring a bag lunch and we will meet in the Memorial Hall until 1:00 p.m.
Bishop Michael McKee cast a vision called “Journey Toward Racial Justice.” “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 The Mission is to create disciples of Jesus Christ who are courageously anti-racist in a broken world. The Vision is to end active and passive racism and create an equitable future for all people. This will have three focus areas: Vital Conversations about racism, cultural diversity, and institutional injustice. Intercultural Competence to cultivate leaders to make NTC more diverse to reflect our mission field. Institutional Equity to build systems, policies and processes in the NTC to level the playing field for all. Let us pray together how we can work for honor respect of all people.
Building the Bridge Together September 18-19, 2020 The theme for the 2020 North Texas Annual Conference is “Building the Bridge Together.” The North Texas Annual Conference will be on September 18th and 19th. Kim French and Pastor Carol will attend sessions and voting on legislation via Zoom. Plan to enjoy Kim’s message on our life as a connected church.
Discipleship Faithfulness Administrative Council Meeting Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:30 p.m. Organizational Team Reports Trustees July was busy. We got the parsonage ready for the new pastor, repaired an old gas line and an AC compressor, and we set up the church to follow our plan for returning to the building. Our hand sanitizer machines will be replaced next week. Finance Our giving for the month of July is down a bit at $7,105.00 and our expenses were up because of building repairs and preparing the building for reopening. We have faith that we will rally and we want to thank you for your faithfulness in giving during these hard times. Staff Pastor Relations Committee Pastor Carol started on July 5th and her family has settled into the parsonage. Pastor Carol will be in the office for visits and appointments at least 3 days a week. She would love to … Read More
Being imperfect is perfectly human. God created us as “good” not “perfect.” Every story shared in scripture is drawn from the belief that God can accomplish much even in the most flawed of humanity. Why do we shun “imperfect” as a valuable and defining trait of our design? Somewhere along the line, especially as Christians, we have created perfection as a god for ourselves. We worship perfection and have justified our mindset by quoting scripture such as Matthew 5:48 that says, ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ Do you honestly believe Jesus was setting up his disciples to be a constant disappointment to themselves, family and even God? Check out John 13:34-35 and tell me what you think. Pastor Carol
When I was a child, I would visit my grandparents in East Tennessee each summer. One my favorite things to do was to sit out on the porch with my great grandfather. He would have his feet leaning against the old tree, tilted back in his metal lawn chair and rolling a stalk of grass between his teeth. We would talk about everything. He would ask me what I had done since last summer and I would ask him to tell me stories of when he was a boy in Alabama. I learned a lot about myself, life, and love sitting on the porch. It is from these fond memories that I have chosen to craft my newsletter article each month. My intent is to start conversations and share some of my everyday experience of God. When I need to reconnect with God because I have let my schedule or … Read More
Empowering Leaders We need leaders to help us come together to nourish and nurture our church family. I would like to ask each of you to pray about how God is calling you to serve our church community. Worship Acolytes Lay Worship Leaders Technology Team Small Group Coordinator This leadership role involves working with Pastor Carol to create innovative ways for us to have some fun, learn and grow in our faith, together. Homebound Outreach Coordinator This leadership role involves identifying people and ways our church can care for members social distancing or homebound. Leading in the church means making a way for Christ to be revealed to others.
Worship We returned to the sanctuary this past Sunday. It was a blessing to have some of our membership sitting in the pews. Our Facebook Live will continue and we are working on how to improve that overall experience. We will have Communion Sunday the first Sunday of September. Prayer We have a very long “Prayer Concerns” list, which can be difficult when using this as a tool for prayer. I am going to format the list a little differently but as always, I am open to suggestions and amendments. Reading Our Bible Part of growing in our faith is to learn the basis for our beliefs. What do we believe and why do we believe it that way when another church seems to believe differently? Hmmmm. Want to join me in reading this outrageous, soap opera-ish, life changing story of God and God’s people? Growing in the Spirit Jesus … Read More
We all know about the disciple Peter but did you know his name means rock in Greek? This is not a coincidence. “Jesus says, ‘I say to you, Peter upon this rock I will build my church…”(Matthew 16:18) Peter had a big job and he often doubted what God could do through him. But God knew! There are over 30 rock or stone scriptural references and most of them refer to God’s reliability and not to our doubts. The rock is Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4) There is no rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2) Get rid of all ill will, deceit, pretense, envy, and slander. Instead, like a newborn baby, desire the pure milk of the word. Nourished by it, you will grow into salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good. Now you are coming to him as to a living stone. Even though this stone … Read More