September 2016 Family Talk
September…summer is over! Like many of you, Sharon and I have one less face at the table this fall, with Reese having transitioned to college life in Edwardsville. Sam is back in school, and here at the church we move from the more relaxed schedule of summer back into “business as usual.” So, what does that mean for you? Let’s see…
First, it means we are back to a more regular mid-week schedule. On Wednesday afternoons, a light dinner will be available for you, beginning at 5:15 in the Beacon. Then, at 6:00 there will be a large-group Bible study and prayer in the Beacon, followed by choir rehearsal in the church. We will begin on September 7 with a study titled Reaching the Lost: Evangelism. Two additional study groups for ladies only will be running in the fall as well: Lies Women Believe on Wednesdays at 5:15, and True Woman 101 on Sundays at 6:00. Look for more information in this issue of The Messenger.
Second, fall means two BIG opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal. This month, Wilson and Laura Green will be leading us in a Revive Conference on September 18-21. We will meet Sunday morning (10:00 a.m.) and evening (6:00 p.m.), as well as Monday through Wednesday evenings (7:00 p.m.). Music will be led by Brian McKelvey and members of our praise team. The worship will be inspiring, the messages will be challenging, and the fellowship will be encouraging as we are drawn closer to Christ and the cross! Plan now to clear out all four of those days and join us for a time of spiritual renewal and refreshing. Preschool childcare will be provided each evening. And then, in October, we have our Marriage Enrichment Conference on the 28th-30th! Steve and Debbie Wilson, along with Jake and Denise Gulledge, will be teaching sessions for couples of all ages, whether you are married, engaged, or dating!
Third, September means new sermon topics! On Sunday mornings I will begin a sermon series from First and Second Peter. The series is titled, Sharing Christ’s Sufferings. And on Sunday evenings, we are looking at “Forbidden” Texts from the Bible. Be here, and invite your friends as we “sit by the seashore” and listen to what the prince of apostles, Simon Peter, has to teach us about following Christ.
Let me finish with one more thing coming in the fall. Gospel Communities are here! On Saturday, September 24th, potential group hosts/leaders will have an opportunity for training in what Gospel Communities are, how they function, and how to lead them. So, if you are interested in hosting and/or leading a Gospel Community group, watch for your opportunity to sign up for this training event!
Yep…summer’s over! Time to get back to what we do best: worship, connect, grow, and reach! Come join the fun!