In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled “The Almost Christian” in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive towards being altogether a Christian.
In "Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience," author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors to explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.
In this book, perfect for Advent, deVega and the other authors break down the barriers that prevent us from experiencing an “altogether” love, hope, joy, and peace in Christ in our lives and in the world around us. They demonstrate the promises God offers to us that makes those longings a reality, inviting us to claim those promises for ourselves this Advent and celebrate an altogether Christmas.
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.
We all dream of being happy. If we could just lose the extra weight, get the job, buy the house, we could truly be happy. But over time, it begins to seem as though lasting happiness is unattainable. Despite our best efforts, true happiness will never be a reality for us. So how do we find lasting happiness and contentment in our lives? Maybe the answer isn't in our own lives at all.
Matt Miofsky connects the existential question, "Am I happy?" with basic theology and unexpected biblical texts. Starting with the book of Ecclesiastes, considering if any 'thing" can make us happy, he explores the value of relationships, a forgiving lifestyle, living in the present, feeling gratitude, and learning to release control. Using scripture and these themes as a guide, we will explore this topic in worship as part of a summer reading series.
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!