DISCIPLE IV CLASS FOOT WASHING

During his short time on this earth, one of the most humbling things that Jesus did was to wash the dirty feet of his disciples.  This was a task that was normally done by the lowest servant or slave in the household.

In June, the Disciple IV class completed it’s 32 weeks study and concluded the class with a foot washing experience. Each person washed the feet of another classmate and subsequently had their feet washed.  During that time there were words of encouragement and prayers were exchanged.  Everyone found it to be a very humbling and touching experience.

Upcoming Important Dates for the Youth Program

 

Youth Calendar Important Dates: 

July 17th– Baptism for the Confirmation graduates after 11am service.

August 7th– Rising 6th graders officially join Youth Sunday School class, and are recognized at the 11am service. 

August 10th– Soul Food Café: 6pm and Wednesday night bible study 6:30pm start back up. 

August 12th- Youth Back to School Bash 6-8pm. Grilling out and outdoor activities.  For 6th-12th graders and families (siblings welcome) 

September 30th- October 2nd- Camp Victory.  Weekend youth camp in Samson, AL. Please see Christal for information packets and permission slips.  Each youth is responsible for their own camp fee, which is $100.00 (this includes food, lodging, events, supplies and all activities).  Fees and permission slips signed and returned NO LATER than August 28th, 2022. 

*Adults are needed and welcomed.  But we will need a current background check and safe sanctuary training before Sept 7th.  Please see Christal and or Nancy if you are interested. 

Pastor’s Corner 6/28/2022 “NOW IS THE TIME TO WORSHIP”

Now Is The Time To Worship

I moved here from Guntersville and pastored four churches in that area. One friend called me recently and she was struggling because she felt that several “younger” people were trying to change the worship service to a more contemporary style.  She said, “Chris, several of us don’t like this.”  So, I decided to flip the situation. (She knew I would) “Do you go to church or Burger King?” She asked, “Chris, what do you mean?” I went on to explain that people who are more concerned with a style have done more to lead to a declining church then probably anything else. A consumer mindset at any point is unhealthy. I asked, “Is your church growing?”  She said, “No.”  Sometimes the answers to God’s direction for His church is obvious. Sometimes… not so much.

In Rick Warren’s outstanding book, “The Purpose Driven Church,” He advises us to pay close attention to the needs of new people and place those needs and requests above our own.  Your preferred style of worship is more about your cultural background than your theology (view of God). Here is what I want to get across regarding true worship:  There is no correct style of worship. Never has been. Jesus only gave two requirements for legitimate worship: “God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in Spirit and truth.” (John 4:24). I don’t believe that God tosses and turns at night over a church “style” if we gather to simply honor Him and that they do it all in Spirit and in truth. You know what traditional worship is don’t you? It’s whatever you got used to at some point. Your traditional was at one time someone’s contemporary.

In genuine worship, God’s presence is felt, God’s pardon is offered, God’s purposes are revealed, and God’s power is displayed.

So, we will let others have those kind of church battles. We have bigger fish to fry, like welcoming that new face over there and that new family that just sat down over here and telling them that they are going to love it here!

Until the nets are full,

Chris