Friday Focus – July 13, 2018

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. . . from Keith Reeser and Lisa Nauman

“Do you know? Have you not seen? Are you in the loop?”
While each of these questions can bring about a reaction, they can also inspire within us a desire to know who we are as a church and where we are headed. Too easily we might assume everyone knows what we are up to and how to join in. We want you to be in the loop, to feel part of what God is doing among us.

Here’s a question you might be asking: Why are children in the whole service on Sunday morning worship? These summer months are the perfect time to emphasize a partnership with our families, to involve our kids in the church of today rather than think of them only as the church of the future. We want our children to know they are loved, welcome, and needed. Each week we will invite the young ones to come to the front where an adult will share the verse of the week and give each one a pouch containing theme-related crafts, activities, and a copy of our verse. At the close of the service, children can find one of the “lights,” adults prepared to hear the children recite their verse and show off their sermon notes. We want to hear how God speaks in and through our children.
You might also ask: What are other ways we seek to be more intentional? In the weeks and months ahead we hope everyone will see and hear God moving and working in and through us as a congregation. In this season of our church story we want to intentionally focus our attention toward Jesus and becoming equipped for the kingdom work he has assigned to this congregation. As you pray for our church, would you pray we can display God in each of our ministries here? Would you pray that our children would be excited about the services? Pray our youth continue to grow closer to each other; pray they invite friends to attend morning worship and youth activities and see how Jesus is working in and through them.

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