Dear Church Family,
I hope this week, you were able to pause on Monday to remember the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Words cannot express my respect for his Christian leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. His emphasis on non-violent protests in the face of injustice is as relevant today as it was when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech more than 50 years ago. While we’ve made great strides in many areas, there is more work to be done. As part of the universal church, I believe we are called to be an integral part of not only standing up for what is right, but in healing the wounds of the past.
The church office was filled with lots of ‘congratulations’ on Tuesday as Rev. Tim and Lynda Morrison welcomed their first grandchild into the world! Baby Caden Gabriel was born Tuesday afternoon weighing nearly 8 pounds! Mom and baby are doing great and the Morrison’s are relishing their new title as grandparents! Make sure and congratulate them when you see them!
Be sure and join us this weekend as we continue our series “Christianity and World Religions.” I’ll be tackling the topic of Islam. I know it’s a subject that is on the minds and hearts of so many of you due to the role it is playing in the global situation and the political rhetoric right now. I’m going to do my best to relay the basic precepts of the faith in a manner that is factual and respectful. My hope is that when you leave church on Sunday, you feel better equipped to relate to your neighbors who may be Muslim in a way that comes from a place of love rather than a place of fear.
Make sure to stop by our Mission Open House afterward to learn more about many of the mission projects we are involved in as a church and find a place where you can use your God given gifts to build up the Kingdom.
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