Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for coffee and fellowship,
and at 10:45 a.m. for worship.
and at 10:45 a.m. for worship.
This Sunday, July 24:
What if God Were More Like Jesus?
The Bible, and especially the Hebrew Scriptures (what we generally call the Old Testament) presents confusing, and sometimes contradictory images of God. What is God like?
Jesus said, "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)
This Sunday our pastor will begin a series of sermons addressing this issue.
Scripture: John 14:1-9
Sermon: "What if God is More Like Jesus?"
Some reading you might want to do in preparation for the series:
Derek Flood, Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did.
Bradley Jersak, A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel.
Both books are available through Amazon and are available on Kindle. You might also want to check out cheapbooks.com.
Revised Statement of Congregational Identity to be Reaffirmed this Sunday
We Are Disciples of Christ: A Movement for Wholeness in a Fragmented World.
Our Core Values: compassion, service, a balance between personal and social accountability, and an eagerness to discover and know God's will and direction.
Our Bedrock Beliefs: a confidence that God's love and grace are extended to all, and that our reasonable response to God's love and grace is to extend that same love and grace through our own relationships and service to others. We believe God is revealed to each believer, and we honor the uniqueness of each believer's experience.
Our Motivating Vision: to become a church that acknowledges, enables and encourages the journey of each person in the fulfillment of his or her calling.
Our Missional Purpose: to become a beacon of inclusive welcome and compassionate caring, reaching out proactively through the gifts and resources of our people to administer wholeness in a fragmented world.
Potluck, Board Meeting & Discernment
Last Sunday following worship, we enjoyed fellowship around our monthly potluck, and the Board considered the business of the church.
Our Pastor presented a study document regarding his proposal for streamlining our operational structures. The Board also accepted a bid and approved the expenditure of funds for a new audio/visual system in the sanctuary. The target date to have it up and running is Sunday, August 7.
Following Board Meeting we shared a time of prayerful discernment, seeking to know God's will and God's vision for our church. Who is God calling us to be as a congregation? What is God calling us to do?
There were no significant changes to our statement of identity, although its content was shortened and its focus was sharpened. The updated version appears in the column to the left.
During our time of discernment we specifically addressed the concern for making a concrete, tangible response to the growing culture of hatred and violence that is infesting our nation. We sensed God's presence through it all, and identified two specific projects. Task forces were assigned to develop the ideas to be presented for the congregation's affirmation and support.
Pastor Jim leads a time of discernment.