Weekly Update 09/28/2021

Greetings!

The building work is really taking shape! We should see the foundation poured for the new addition today or tomorrow. Details on the children’s wing continue to unfold. We are hoping to be able to start using this portion of the building, excluding the expansion, toward the latter part of October.

Speaking of October. How about us doing our annual (almost annual, thanks Covid) Elder Burger Picnic! We’re planning on the annual picnic with the elders grilling burgers and sides provided this time, October 24th. Just to keep in mind the “season” we’re in, we decided that we’ll order side dishes and serve them rather than everyone bringing your own contribution. While we prefer to see the wonderful array of dishes that you provide, we want to eliminate any concerns that anyone might have by doing the sides and serving. So make your plans! October 24th we’ll plan to start serving around 5:00 p.m. Come early and enjoy being with one another. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. We’ll also be providing water and soft drinks. Rumor has it that the kids’ bouncy house will be on site again.

We’re excited that already, the things you brought for the Afghan refugees have already started to serve the most recent new Afghans in our city! Chris told us on Sunday that these newest refugees are fellow believers in the Lord Jesus! How glad we are to welcome them to the city. Let’s pray for them as they get settled in. Let’s also be ready for more refugees heading our way that we might serve in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The men will be working through chapter 5 of Matt Merker’s Corporate Worship tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Pre-K through 6th graders will enjoy chapter 14 on Wisdom Wednesdays at the same time.

I’m thankful for the time of worship on Sunday. As we read the Word together, prayed, confessed sins, sang, praised the Lord, gave thanks, and received the Word, my heart was greatly encouraged. We saw through our contemplation of the Acts 14 passage, how the church was designed by our Lord to be united in life and mission. The narrative gave us some dimensions of how that united life and mission centers in the gospel, is lived in God’s grace, and manifests oneness corporately. You can check out Sunday’s sermon here.

This week we embark upon a significant event in the life of the church and what led to the “Jerusalem Council.” The church had to come to terms with what is and what is not the gospel. That’s a good idea for every generation. We’ll get started on Acts 15 this Sunday, Lord willing.

Warmly,

Phil N.
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