Weekly Update: SUMMER BBQS, ENNEAGRAM CLASS & MEMBER'S MEETING
Our first church cookout of the summer was a huge success. Could we have asked for anything more? The weather was perfect. The food was delicious. Chris Lovas threw down on the grill and fed us all! The turnout was great. Seventy-eight of you came out, along with two dogs and six chickens to be exact. But who’s counting? It all went smoothly, as if we anointed the day with “vegetable oil” (inside joke).
On a personal note, that evening was also healing for both Kim's and my soul. It has been difficult for us to walk with both joy and sorrow as we journey through this next season of our lives. Grief has been overwhelming at times while joy has been in short supply. But as all that laughter and all those conversations filled the air, as all those glorious children ran around our yard and throughout our house, it brought great joy to our hearts.
This is in essence the Christian life... joy and sorrow. In Isaiah 53:3 we read “He was despised and rejected--a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief."
In John 11:35, it simply reads, “Jesus Wept.” Jesus’s tears and sorrow give us a glimpse of how the Father feels over the grief of his children.
And in Luke 2:10, we also read that Jesus is our great joy! Yes! Jesus is our joy as are you, our dear church! How great is our heavenly Father that he brought us all together and it is called a family. Thank you all!
THIS COMING SUNDAY
DIVIDING WALLS: FAITH IN THE WORKPLACE
Pastor Mark Bergin
The Christian life is not lived out primarily in the church or the Bible study or the prayer time. The Christian life is lived out primarily in our vocations; that is, in whatever way we spend the bulk of our time and emotional energy. Yet many of our workplaces would discourage overt expressions of faith as divisive. And indeed, they can be. So how then is the Christian to work in faith? Jesus said that the greatest two commandments are to love God and to love our neighbor. These commands tell us who we are: By faith, we are people who do not live or work for ourselves. We are people who pour ourselves out for others, for our bosses, for our colleagues, for our clients. That self-emptying way of life is the only way that church or Bible study or prayer time will make any sense. Just as a person who never drives will never have use for a gas station, so a Christian who never loves will never have need to be filled.
VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR JULY 1
Liturgy Writer: TBD
Greeters: Jason & McKenzie M
Sun Manager: Erin B
Hospitality: Tyler J, Erin B
Media: Huilan J
Audio: Dan H
Band Leader: Wes O
Band Members: David M
POTP: Tamara H
Announcements: Jason/McKenzie M
Scripture: Josh C
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Jeremy B, Steve H
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Stan D & Morgan G
Check In: OPEN
4-6 Team: Peter S & Ana C
7-9 Team: Harris & Michaela N
Common Time: Harris N
Nursery: Jamie O, Persis, Chloe, Lisa S
Youth Cohort: Isaac B
Info Table: Jamie O
Prayer Team: Wes O & OPEN
Volunteering Questions? Email Erin Bourne at email@example.com