Dear Church Family,
This weekend marks not only the unofficial start of summer. It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time we as a nation set aside to remember those who have died in service to our country.
As I reflect upon the many things for which I am thankful, perhaps the thing that I am most thankful for is the freedom to worship God without fear of persecution. That being said, it is in Christ that we find our ultimate freedom. As we enter into service on Sunday, please keep those who’ve fallen and their families in your hearts and prayers. Theirs is a sacrifice I cannot fully comprehend, and yet I am profoundly thankful.
This week, my wife, Jennifer, was excited to host the first Shine ‘n Dine dinner of the summer in our home. Shine is the women’s ministry at our church and this is the second year they have hosted a series of dinners over the summer.
Six women came together to enjoy a time of casual fellowship and laughter over a home cooked meal. Conversation flowed easily as they talked through a series of questions designed to inspire deeper connection. They were surprised when the doorbell rang halfway through dinner and a box of fresh baked cookies was delivered for them to enjoy as a dessert, a very thoughtful hostess gift from one of the women in attendance!
Something magical happens when we choose to fellowship around the dinner table. And scripturally, it’s clear God designed it that way. Breaking bread with his disciples was one of the last things Jesus did before he was crucified. And the early church sprung up out of peoples homes where they would meet, eat together and study on a regular basis.
Acts 2:46 says, “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.”
Ladies, if you are looking for deeper more meaningful connections within the church, I highly recommend you to sign up for one of these upcoming Shine ‘n Dine dinners. They run throughout the summer and I know you will be blessed by the time spent getting to know other women in our church family.
I’m excited about our next message this Sunday on the Holy Spirit as we take a look at the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. We will be baptizing four members of our church family including a young man who has requested an immersion baptism. Our staff has been busy making special preparations for this week, and I pray it will be a meaningful experience for you.
For those of you who have already been baptized, you will have a chance to remember your baptism during a special ceremony. And if you haven’t been baptized yet but would like to be, please reach out to us so that we can begin the conversation with you and walk with you during this important part of your spiritual journey. For more information on adult baptism or to schedule an appointment please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at crumc.org/baptism.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
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