Weekly Update: Mens Group & A Special Note from Sam

On June 1, our dear sister Sam Connour will be stepping out of her role as Operations Director. Sam has worked faithfully over the past three years to help our church develop systems that actually function. And as those systems have taken root and assumed volunteer leadership, our staff needs have changed. The Operations Director position will be morphing into the reduced position of a Church Administrator, a role that Sam would like to leave open for someone else to step into. The elders will begin interviewing candidates for the new position later this month. And we want to express much gratitude for the good work Sam has done.
— Elder Team

A NOTE FROM SAM

Most of us tend to think of our life in “seasons”. It’s a simple way to organize and sort our experiences into neat little sections based on various factors like school, work, singlehood or marriage, kids. Sometimes these seasons are defined by trauma or successes. Maybe mental or emotional states. And this sorting-it-all-out is not unlike a toddler learning to put the blue ball in the blue bucket, the red ball into the red bucket… we’ve literally trained for this our entire life! We are constantly practicing the art of making sense and it’s really a little absurd when you start to think about it. Within any given day (not to mention month or year) we have these overwhelmingly vast experiences and encounters - complex relational situations and interactions with all degrees of stimuli and every corresponding emotion…  and many times our first instinct is to just clump it all together and call it a “season.” Throw it in the “hard season” bucket (aren’t they all?) or the “growing season” bucket (aren’t they all?) or the “just trying to figure it out season” (aren’t they all? You get the picture.).

I know that I do this largely in part because of the measure of confidence it brings. I may stare at you blank in the face when you ask me how I’m doing today, but ask me about the last year and I can pare it down to a storyline simple enough for a 5 year old to understand. I’d like to think that God looks down at this silly sense-making endearingly, in the way that as a parent you are many times trying desperately not to crack a smile when your children are - in all the seriousness they can muster! - wonderfully childish. He allows us our ridiculous delusions, our coping mechanisms, our grasping at control of the narrative. He walks beside us as we scramble to make sense of this life, while we search for patterns and signs and storylines. It’s so very human of us!

A verse that has become very dear to me is Isaiah 42:16, “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.”

Trying to stop ourselves from all this silly sense-making would be an impossibility. But, the good news is that God loves silly sense-making people. And sometimes in the midst of our childish games, just when the tears start to overwhelm us, we realize our hand is being held and we are not alone and then in blubbering confession, admit our blindness. What a freedom to confess this, repeatedly and often, to God and to one another! How good to remember that we are being led and guided on the very paths that we mistakenly believe we are forging anew. To acknowledge, with that warm and sheepish humility that comes from seeing that all your needs have been provided for this whole time, that the light has never failed to come on. He has not turned his eye, He has not left us to our own devices, He has never left our side.

Because of this, we can walk boldly and try new things and plan and plot or even wander - because in the grand scheme of things, it’s really all the same. For me, there’s a turn in the path up ahead, leading me away from the day-to-day caretaking involved in serving our church family. Three years ago, I very joyfully (at a time that did not have much joyfulness in it) came on as the first staff member of our little church to serve in a role that we somewhat lazily titled, “Operations Director”. What it really meant was stepping into the very standard organizational mess every young church finds itself in once their family begins to grow. There was so much mess and so much joy! Believe me when I tell you that even as I grumble and complain about literally being handed a black garbage bag full of a few years worth of receipts, papers and unopened mail, it’s really just a half-hearted complaint stifling a laugh, because every mess represented so much life. I have loved the silly sense-making of it all, all the sorting and cleaning in this family that is so dear to me. And now we have thankfully come to a place where there is less to sort and clean up and more hands to help. (Can I get an amen?!) This lessening weight has also provided me the freedom to consider new possibilities, ask new questions, dream new dreams and I’m looking forward to having the space to plan and plot or even wander a bit. And all of this within the safety of our church family who continually remind me of the love of the Father towards me and my desperate need for Him. What a beautifully absurd gift! To know both love and need within a church family. I hope you are finding that at The Painted Door too. Thank you to all who have made this space possible not only by your intentional efforts, but just by your very presence in our church. I’m looking forward to this continual confession - singing these songs and believing these truths with you - especially in this new “season”. ;)

- Sam


CALENDAR & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  INCARNATION CLASS SAT // MAY 19   New to The Painted Door? The Incarnation Class is for you! Join us for a day of teaching, discussion, and introductions designed to orient newcomers to the values and church life of The Painted Door. The class is open to all and recommended to anyone considering church membership or simply exploring Christianity.  Coffee, donuts, and lunch are provided!  If you're interested in attended, email  mark@tpd.church

INCARNATION CLASS
SAT // MAY 19


New to The Painted Door? The Incarnation Class is for you! Join us for a day of teaching, discussion, and introductions designed to orient newcomers to the values and church life of The Painted Door. The class is open to all and recommended to anyone considering church membership or simply exploring Christianity.

Coffee, donuts, and lunch are provided!

If you're interested in attended, email mark@tpd.church

  PARENTS MTG SUN // MAY 6   After Service   This Sunday, right after service, we’re going to have a quick meeting with parents of children ages 4-9.  Questions, email  kaitlyn@tpd.church

PARENTS MTG
SUN // MAY 6

After Service

This Sunday, right after service, we’re going to have a quick meeting with parents of children ages 4-9.

Questions, email kaitlyn@tpd.church

  MENS GROUP  MON MAY 7 // 7-9PM   Gathering weekly on Monday evenings, the Men’s Group will be a place of teaching, testimony, and solidarity. Each week, we will engage with one of the major themes found in the revelation of God in Christ and how it relates to our experiences as men in the mess of life, sin, grace, and faith. Questions? Email  morgan@tpd.church

MENS GROUP
MON MAY 7 // 7-9PM


Gathering weekly on Monday evenings, the Men’s Group will be a place of teaching, testimony, and solidarity. Each week, we will engage with one of the major themes found in the revelation of God in Christ and how it relates to our experiences as men in the mess of life, sin, grace, and faith. Questions? Email morgan@tpd.church

 

THIS COMING SUNDAY

The greatest sources of suffering are the lies we tell ourselves.
— Bessel van der Kolk

THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE:
I SAY TO YOU, ARISE

Luke 7:11-17
Pastor Confesor Martinez


VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR MAY 6

PRE-SERVICE
Liturgy Writer: Liann J
Greeters: Josie M, Geneva B
Sun Manager: Morgan G
Hospitality: Josh & Marla W, Serina C
Media: Mike L
Audio: Jesse S

DURING SERVICE
Band Leader: Kaitlyn K (8:30 unlock)
Band Members: Cassie, Josie, Isaac, Matt & James
POTP: Tamara H
Announcements: Josie
Scripture: Stone C
Preacher: Confesor M
Offering: Steve H, Chad L
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: David M & Morgan G

KIDS MINISTRY
Check In: Ian C
4-6 Team: Abbey K & DonDon A
7-9 Team: Michaela & Harris N
Common Time: Harris N
Nursery: Serina C & Polina L
Youth Cohort: Rahela T & Boyetts

POST-SERVICE
Info Table: Josie M
Prayer Team: Morgan G & Heather C

Volunteering Questions? Email Erin Bourne at volunteer@tpd.church


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