NEWS & NOTES
The primary way that ordinary people encounter God and grow in faith is through a local church. It's local congregations that understand the hopes and needs of their neighbors. It's local congregations that can surround hurting people with tangible love. It's local congregations that can walk with someone through the ups and downs of life.
That's why The Painted Door supports the work of planting local churches. We are a local church planted nine years ago with the help of established churches. And we are in a position to help plant more churches like our own.
For the next several Sundays, we will be inviting church planters whom we support to come share their stories during our gathering. This week, Derrick and Rae Sekamalira will join us. Derrick is presently in the process of raising funds to plant a church in his home town of Kampala, Uganda. He has been living in the United States for the past year, receiving training through one of our sister churches here in Chicago. In August, Derrick and Rae will move to Kampala and begin the work.
Our church commits a large portion of our general budget to support planters like the Sekamaliras each year. We also maintain a special fund to gather additional support for planters, which you can donate toward by selecting "church planting" from the drop down menu on our giving page: https://thepainteddoorchurch.churchcenter.com/giving
We want people to encounter God in flesh, through our local church and many others. Join us this Sunday to learn and pray about our efforts to that end.
- Pastor Mark
THIS COMING SUNDAY
NOT MANY TEACHERS
Pastor Mark Bergin
Never in the history of humanity have more people had more opportunity to speak more words to more ears. Everyone can say anything to the whole world. Is it any wonder then that we find ourselves so routinely offended, so regularly outraged? Words have power. And when they are set loose to fly without regard to where they might land, they often crash and destroy. What then? Must we lay our hands over our mouths? No, there is no safety in silence either. Words must be spoken. But for the people of God, our words cannot be simply our own. They must be the words of God spoken through our particular personalities and vocabularies. And for the words of God to dwell in us, the heart and mind of God must fill us. We can only offer those divine words that we have received, digested, and lived on. That is why we gather around the table of Jesus. Not merely to nourish ourselves. But to become nourishment for the world.