Last Sunday we wrapped up the Brave Journey. We heard powerful stories of God at work in our midst. I always love to hear stories of what God’s been doing in your life!
If you missed Sunday, catch the Brave series finale right here:
Next week, we will resume our SHAPING study in the commands of Jesus. If you are new, SHAPING is an acronym for 7 different qualities of how Jesus operates. (Strategy, Humility, Authority, Purity, Integrity, Needy, Generosity)
We chose SHAPING because it is the term vintners use to describe how they train a vine to produce more fruit. Think of Jesus’ teaching in John 15! Each part of the study includes 10 commands of Jesus for us to obey – to be more fruitful.
We are about mid-way in the Integrity portion of the study. The next 5 commands of Jesus are all about relationships – especially repairing relationships. Jesus will teach us how to keep the Body of Christ united – a key dimension of integrity.
On June 14, we will have Vision Sunday – our worship services will include our annual congregation meeting. You will get an update from the chair of our elder council and my annual pastoral report.
We will look at our vision, and share staff changes and priorities for the next year, including a renewed focus on inviting friends and neighbors to follow Jesus with us. We will also have time to cover any questions you may have about our church!
This summer, we will focus on the Neediness of Jesus before his Father and his call for us to depend completely on him. Our children and youth ministries will shift into summer rhythms as we give our regular teachers a break.
Mission partners from Africa, Asia, and Israel will visit MCC throughout the summer, and they will share unique global Kingdom updates with us – as we partner in bringing the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
This fall, we will conclude our two-year SHAPING study by looking at the Generosity of Jesus. This will challenge us to deeper stewardship of our resources and pull together Jesus’ commands into a renewed Kingdom mission for our congregation in 2016.
I’m looking forward to a restful and stimulating summer with you as we follow Jesus together! Love, Denis