Dear Church Family,
As you read this, I am waking up in sunny California for a rare weekend away with my beautiful bride! This weekend marks 16 years since Jennifer and I said, “I do,” and we are celebrating with a relaxing weekend in Santa Barbara.
It has been a busy week at the church with Youth Week underway! What a tremendous joy to see so many youth and their families fellowshipping, serving together and worshipping every evening.
This week is bittersweet for the outgoing seniors as it is their last C.R.U.M.Y. event as members of the program. Many of these students have been actively involved in the church since the day they entered school. On Sunday, we’ll hear the lessons of faith they have picked up along the way in our annual Youth Sunday worship services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. It’s always encouraging to hear young people speak openly about their faith, particularly as they prepare to enter a new season of life.
The seniors will also take part in a new Custer Road tradition of giving Bibles to the incoming kindergartners at the 10:30 a.m. service as a part of Youth Sunday. I hope you’ll plan to be there for what I know will be a wonderfully meaningful service.
You may have seen an article in the Dallas Morning News this past week on the formation of a chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Collin County. In order to assist Dr. Charles Reese and others who are organizing this new chapter I am hosting an information meeting for those interested in learning more about the SCLC
this Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Our Summer Lunch Program continues to be a huge success! So far, we’ve served about
6,000 lunches to people in our community who might have otherwise gone hungry this summer. There are volunteer spots open through the end of the program which wraps up August 21, so if you haven’t been out to serve, I encourage you to do so. It’s a wonderful opportunity to live out the Evangelism pillar we discussed last week. On August 15th, that’s next Saturday, the United Methodist Men are hosting a neighborhood cookout from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Clearview Park as a way to fellowship with the community. It is FREE for everyone, so come one, come all!
I will be back in the office on Tuesday preparing for my next sermon in the “We Are Custer Road” series. We’ll be talking about Discipleship, the second pillar identified by our Power of One Vision Team. As part of our five year plan going forward, we want to be intentional about helping people grow in their spiritual maturity by going deeper in their faith no matter where they are in their walk with the Lord.
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