Church family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with Billy and Christine White in the loss of their brother-in-law, Glen, this past week. Services for Glen were held this past week. Please pray for Billy and Christine. Pray for Glen’s wife, Nell . Reach out to them.
I want to congratulate Linda Jones on her new role at our church. Linda has agreed to be our official Senior Adult Coordinator! Linda has been doing a great job in recent months coordinating our senior events. It is part of the goal of your leadership team and I that every single age group of our church have a clear, assigned leader. Linda will now be responsible for coordinating and leading all our senior events. Thank you to Joe and Laura Fuller for all their work previously leading this area! If you have any questions on senior events, please contact Linda!
Thank you to Ken Lawrence and Joe Gargus for their hard work this past week helping me paint the children’s Sunday school room next to the nursery. The leadership team voted earlier this year to update the nursery, children’s church room, children’s Sunday school room, the children’s hallway, and the youth room. We are making significant progress on this area of our Ministry Action Plan for the year. Thank you for your time gentleman!
Several important things are coming up in the life of our church. First, July 29th we are having a membership/church information class at 9am. If you are interested in knowing more about our church, please let me know! Childcare is provided. Also, the youth will be painting their new youth room on the same day, July 29th. Parents of teens, make sure your teen asks off work and plans to attend!
August 6th is our church breakfast during Sunday school! Please sign up in Sunday School classes on what to bring or see Rana Davis. Sunday August 27th kicks off a Renewal Week for our church. Make sure to attend Sunday morning on August 27th and the following Friday Night, Saturday Night, and Sunday morning. It’s going to be an incredible week. Trevecca Nazarene University is sending their worship team REFUGE to lead us. Pastor Greg Norwood from Richmond, VA will be leading us in worship through the Word.
Yesterday’s text and message was challenging. Examining the Greek word for love completely changes John 13:34-35 and 1 Corinthians 13. The Word calls us to AGAPE, unconditional love. Remember, you can always find an excuse to not like someone. You can always find a reason to not like someone at church, at work, in your own home, the list goes on. You can always find a reason. However, that’s not Agape, and that’s not how Jesus calls His disciples live. Let us, you and I, stop finding excuses to justify showing others anything less than Agape. It doesn’t matter who they are, what they have done, how we think they should act, etc etc. If you want to be a disciple, you must choose Agape. It is that simple. Remember what 1 Corinthians 13 says? Without Agape, we are nothing. Remember what Jesus said? Without Agape, we are not His disciples. Choose you this day how you will love.                              
Go Deeper in Action - Do something nice today for someone that you do not believe deserves it.
Go Deeper in Scripture this week - 1 John 3:11-24, Luke 6:27-36
Go Deeper in Prayer RIGHT NOW - Who do you know that you struggle to love with unconditional love? A friend, family member, someone at church? PRAY THAT GOD WILL HELP YOU SHOW THEM AGAPE.