SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
July 9 - September 3
ONE SERVICE @ 10:00 AM
Adult Sunday school classes will convene after service at 11:10 AM.
Children classes will be available during the one service for children ages elementary and younger.
FALL SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Starting September 10
Sunday School 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
ONE SERVICE @ 10:30 AM
Adult Sunday school classes will meet before our one service from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
in their respective classrooms. We will continue to meet for ONE COMBINED service at 10:30 AM.
There will be childcare available during both hours.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angel nor demons, neither the present
nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Church consists of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local Church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer fellowship, the proclamation of the Gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Ephesians 1:22-23, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47
Elder Statement to Congregation
Transitional periods of time always bring some degree of uncertainty. Transitions, like the one we are now facing together, that come rather suddenly tend to add other elements, such as fear and instability. The board of elders wants you to know we have experienced some of that together in recent weeks. It is both honest and healthy to acknowledge that.
We intend to communicate with you regularly from the pulpit, as well as in the bulletin and as we make ourselves available personally. This is the first installment in that effort, and we would like you to know what we have been up to since Pastor Chuck's announcement.
We began by meeting with our district superintendent, Ed Mangham. Since that first meeting, and in addition to our regular monthly meetings, we have met together with both Ed and Brian Scott, two more times, with a third planned for Sunday, August 6. The goals for these meetings have been primarily self-evaluation, discovery and instruction. Although we have much work to do, it has become apparent that if we are to hear the Lord's voice of direction for this body, we will have to hear it together. Toward that end, we have been meeting together every Saturday morning for prayer. These have been rich times, and will continue. We want you to be encouraged by this.
We intend to call an interim pastor, who will fill the role of pulpit ministry and the day-to-day administration of the staff and direct pastoral duties. He will not be an "intentional interim pastor," one whose job is to lead the process of choosing the next senior pastor. That oversight remains for the eldership, under the advisement of the district leadership. You should know that the process to select our next pastor will take as much as 12-18 months. Until an interim is found, the pulpit will be filled by a variety of individuals, including elders. We hope to have the interim decision made as soon as possible and are currently reviewing some names.
Pastor John and Tyler have been part of our meetings, and they, along with the staff, are helping us understand the breadth of their responsibilities and needs. As much as possible, one of the elders will attend Tuesday morning staff meetings for mutual encouragement, and information sharing. Appropriate adjustments in workload and ministry are being made. We will continue one 10:00 am service, followed by the currently active Sunday school classes through August. We expect to make a decision about September and beyond very soon.
What then is the body's role? We must wait. "They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint." But what does this "waiting" look like? It is to be an active time of preparation and anticipation.
4. Life group re-focus, look for new members and for the unconnected.
5. Meet each others' needs
This time for uncertainty, fear and instability is over. Rather, we should be excited and honored that the Lord has us in such a place that requires so much faith!
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.