This year our Generosity Team working with our Finance Committee and pastors decided to take a simple approach to our fall generosity/stewardship campaign and focus on our call to give through tithing. Over the next two Sundays, we will revisit God’s call to give of our finances as part of our spiritual life. Pastors Gina and Josh will share the basics, while introducing a church-wide focus on tithing targeted for our Lenten Season this coming year, in what we will call “The 90-Day Tithing Challenge.” This is a time to reflect on your giving patterns and use of resources, as well as God’s call to you in faithfulness to generosity.
In the worship series we just finished, we talked about sharing our gifts. This next short series entitled “Christian Connections” will lead us to be reminded that we need each other in the community of Christ. When we aren’t connecting in this gift, we miss out on God’s intended blessings. Are you fostering Christian community? How can doing so make all the difference? Join us as we explore the fellowship aspect of our discipleship journey together.
This week, we begin a five-week, church-wide series on Living Our Strengths! We will learn about our God-given strengths and rethink how to live them out in our faith life. We will use the Clifton Strengths-Finder tools to discover our unique strengths. What are your top 5 strengths?
Over the summer, we can get disconnected. The beginning of school and fall kick-off of routines offer a time to focus on faith and our vows to God. Our new series intends to “kick start” us toward a passionate engagement with God and God’s church. Based on the teachings of Malachi, we will discuss how to live in God’s love, be loyal to God and embrace all that a life in faith can offer. Let’s kick off together with the right focus as our fall activities begin; we hope you find a place in one of them.
When we are honest, we realize the weight of stress applying pressure in our lives. Pressure is not a new thing. James wrote to early Christians about how to face intense pressure. Through the lens of holy Scripture, his advice asks followers of Jesus to live in ways where pressure moves us closer in our journey with Jesus, day-to-day. So, in a season where we are called to relax and let things go, join with us as we look to living healthy, Christ-focused lives even in tense, pressuring times. Read James with us from mid-June to mid-July and get spiritually healthy!
Recently, a church researcher surveyed churchgoing Christians with this question: “Have you ever experienced God in a worship service?” In the findings, only one-third responded that they regularly experience God in church. William Hendrix in his work entitled Exit Interviews delves into why there seems to be a generation leaving church over the last few decades. Part of what he suggests is that worship is not meaningful to a lot of church-goers. He also suggests, as do others, that some of the problem is not in what our church staff, volunteers and/or pastors offer during worship, but that the problem of feeling like God experiences are rare is more about our individual way of approaching God through the ancient traditions of worship, as well as within the new iterations of worship we find in church today. The problem is not so much “the church,” but us. Is God pleased with how you approach worship?
Rick Ezell writes: “We desperately need a life-changing glimpse of the greatness, the awesomeness, the wonder, the power, the mercy, the goodness and loving kindness of God.” This new series for May hopes to ask questions of us and give resources that help us please God as we encounter the Holy in our worshipping life.
Our current series offers us an opportunity to look at what God might find pleasing in a worshipful life in and through the church. To do this, we will focus on 4 P’s – Presence, Preparation, Power and Protocol.