Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

We are definitely rolling with our 4-week series, Christ, the Church & the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom. We have now heard from Woody Dalton and Hank Johnson, pastors at Harrisburg BIC. If you missed Hank’s message from Sunday, you can listen to The Ministry of Reconciliation (2 of 4) and access the small group discussion questions at our website.

I will be preaching a message this coming Sunday called, Who Is My Neighbor? (3 of 4). An expert in the law once asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus responded with a parable that challenged his Jewish audience to love and embrace the poor, the downtrodden, and even those who are despised. I hope you’ll join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. as we look at how Jesus engaged “the other” and crossed religious and ethnic boundaries for the sake of God’s reconciling love. How is he calling us to do the same?

Also, don’t forget that our combined Learning Community is continuing to meet at 9:00 a.m. for Bible study and edifying discussion around Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart.

Remember that the following week (January 29) is Peace Sunday. Drew Hart will be here with us during the Learning Community and speaking in worship. The Missions, Peace & Service Commission (MPS) has decided that our Peace Sunday offering will provide seed funds to help the congregation continue the conversation we have begun this month on racial reconciliation and advancing the multi-ethnic kingdom of God. 

As you know, the issues and implications are far too complex to resolve in a one-month series, and we want to continue to discern how God is calling us to respond. In collaboration and in partnership with Harrisburg BIC, we would like to offer ongoing seminars to educate and inspire action in our communities. The funds will be used to cover the expenses of these seminars, including fees for speakers with particular experience in racial reconciliation. We will also use the funds to learn more about the civil rights movement both past and present. We will be able to give you more specifics next month. 

Finally, this Sunday we will be taking communion together. I expect that our service will be a meaningful time of singing, listening, reflection, and prayer. Don’t miss this opportunity to be with the Body of Christ in worship and experience the mystery of the table. I’m looking forward to worshipping with you.

See you Sunday!

P.S. I want you to know that I am very proud of our church. I have been so encouraged by your sincere hearts and your willingness to lean in and listen to God’s voice in our current series. I’m praying for you and all that God has for us in 2017. Please be in prayer for your church staff, board, and commissions as we discern God’s will together.

Grace & Peace,
Pastor David

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