WEEKLY UPDATE / SEPT 7

NEWS & NOTES

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Walking my kids to school this past Wednesday, I felt the sticky air of summer clinging to the calendar as though it wanted just one more month. Then, on Thursday, it was fall. This is my favorite season -- cool air, normalized life rhythms, and barbecuing in a hoodie.

And for the church, people seem to remember the value of gathered worship. Tans fade and hearts rise. With travel schedules subsiding, Sundays mornings become family reunions of a sort. Connection is reestablished. Stories are shared.

The challenge amid this resurgence in communing is seeing beyond the familiar faces. Many people will walk through our painted doors for the first time this fall. And our call is to welcome them, something we've not always done well in the life of our church. It is always easier to greet old friends than it is to make new ones. But we are the people of God. And God is one who welcomes the stranger.

This year, let's commit to that way of love. Let's be hospitable, perhaps by:

  • arriving to church early enough to notice those people sitting alone and approach them with a friendly introduction

  • committing each week or maybe each month to meet someone you haven't met before

  • inviting newcomers into deeper connection through a community group or the Incarnation Class on Sept. 29

  • playing friendship matchmaker and introducing new people to those who may share an interest or similar background

These are simple things, but they can matter quite a lot to someone who has taken the brave step of visiting a church. All people need to belong. And we are the people of a God who embraces.

- Pastor Mark


If you are interested in donating meals to families with a newborn, here are the latest meal train links to participate!

Dan & Alice
 


 On Saturday, Sept. 29, we’ll be holding our Incarnation Class, which is an introduction to all things Painted Door. It’s here at the church from 9am to 2:30pm and includes teaching, discussion, lunch, and lots of introductions to church leaders. Anyone is welcome to attend. And it’s an important step toward membership at The Painted Door.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, we’ll be holding our Incarnation Class, which is an introduction to all things Painted Door. It’s here at the church from 9am to 2:30pm and includes teaching, discussion, lunch, and lots of introductions to church leaders. Anyone is welcome to attend. And it’s an important step toward membership at The Painted Door.

 In two weeks, Sept. 21-23, The Painted Door men’s group is heading to a horse farm in Indiana for a couple of days. There will be fun and games, prayer time, maybe a hymn or two, and testimonies. All men are welcome. Please inquire ASAP by contacting info@tpd.church.

In two weeks, Sept. 21-23, The Painted Door men’s group is heading to a horse farm in Indiana for a couple of days. There will be fun and games, prayer time, maybe a hymn or two, and testimonies. All men are welcome. Please inquire ASAP by contacting info@tpd.church.

 This Sunday, right after service, we need all of our children’s ministry teachers to gather in the 4-6-year-old room for a brief meeting.

This Sunday, right after service, we need all of our children’s ministry teachers to gather in the 4-6-year-old room for a brief meeting.

 The first ever TPD Adventure Group: On Sunday, Sept. 30 right after church, we’ll be carpooling to the Indiana dunes for a hike, picnic and some fun on the beach there. Anyone is welcome, and this would be a great thing to invite people into who may not be familiar with our church. We’re hoping to build from this and do many more outings going forward.

The first ever TPD Adventure Group: On Sunday, Sept. 30 right after church, we’ll be carpooling to the Indiana dunes for a hike, picnic and some fun on the beach there. Anyone is welcome, and this would be a great thing to invite people into who may not be familiar with our church. We’re hoping to build from this and do many more outings going forward.


THIS COMING SUNDAY: 

TPD Values: The Freedom of Forgiveness
Luke 23:32-46
Pastor Mark Bergin

Jesus faced false charges, a phony conviction, and an unjust crucifixion. Yet, as the Roman soldiers nailed him to the cross, he thought nothing of his own salvation. His accusers and the soldiers and even one of the criminals at his side challenged him to prove his divine identity by rescuing himself. Instead, Jesus proved his divine identity by giving up himself for the salvation of others. “Father, forgive them,” he prayed and then became the very answer to his prayer. Jesus on the cross is forgiveness. He is forgiveness made flesh. He is the laying down of all rights to self-preservation and self-salvation for the sake of preserving and saving God’s relationship with us. This is who God is: one who gives up everything to know and love even those who hate him. Jesus lived and died in that divine way. His cross is an emblem for all times and all peoples that the forgiveness of God is ours. It is ours to receive and ours to give. We have been rescued from self-preservation into the cruciform freedom of love.


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