NEWS & NOTES
This past Sunday at the Member’s Meeting I shared that I’m resigning eldership at The Painted Door effective at the end of this month. It was nearly 10 years ago to the day that Mark and Acacia invited me and Jamie over for dinner and asked us to join them in coming to Chicago to plant a church. Now a decade later I have the enjoyable vantage point of seeing lives changed and lessons learned: our God is a faithful king who cares for each one of us in specific and particular ways.
This transition is a welcome one for me and my family. We’re not going anywhere; indeed, we look forward to living and loving and learning amongst all of you. I’m also eager to see Confesor, Mark, and Morgan lead together as pastors of The Painted Door.
Here’s a thought: eldership is not something we become nor is it a place we arrive, rather, it’s a role in the family to be served. Let’s encourage and stir one another to take up leadership roles not as positions of power or measurements of accomplishment, but as opportunities to love. May it be good for us to see leaders transition in and out of these seasons with gladness. See you around.
THIS COMING SUNDAY
Pastor Mark Bergin
God is not double-minded. He never considers pursuing those things that lead to ruin and death. On the contrary, he is consumed with giving and fostering life, and life to the full. That is his only agenda with people, to give and foster the fullness of life in us. That was his agenda in creating us. It remains his agenda in redeeming us. And it is his only aim amid the various trials that befall us. By contrast, we are often double-minded. We quickly abandon those things that lead to life. When trials come, we ignore the gifts of God and are so overcome by the discomfort that we rush toward death in the pursuit of relief. James would wake us up. See the gifts of God, he implores. Don’t mistake trials for God’s absence. Stop running. Hold fast. Trust the Lord. And receive his gifts.