I have often highlighted the need to be a more welcoming church. We want people to feel comfortable and safe when they come here. We want them to experience love from God and from other people. To become a more welcoming church, we must be more welcoming individuals. It begins with you and me. What do the people of a welcoming church look like? Open is the word I am using to describe this series. I pray that our members will be people with open hands, open hearts, and open minds. Download Here
I just uploaded these recent sermons today. They are not part of a series.
Richard Fletcher died on May 17, 2015, at the age of 72. We will host a memorial service at the church on Sunday May 31, at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.
Wouldn’t it make sense that if we claim we want to be like Jesus, we would want to do what He did? To LOVE as He loved, BE with others as He was with them, SEE with His eyes, DANCE with His joy, GIVE like He gave, and REMEMBER like He remembered? In this six session video based study, Jon Weece reveals how each of us can replace the verbs that don’t matter in our lives with the verbs that do – and celebrate the people Jesus died to love. We are beginning this small group study on Sunday April 19th. Groups will meet Sunday 930am, Monday 7pm, or Thursday 7pm in the church lounge. There is a video, study guide, and book available.
Lent is a season of preparation that many who practice a less liturgical form of worship have never celebrated. I had not really considered it before coming to New England. It has been meaningful for me this year, to focus on the anticipated sacrifice of Christ, spoken of by our Savior in the Gospels.
This is a survey of Galatians, not a verse by verse exposition. One sermon for each chapter except 3, due to a recording glitch that Sunday. Galatians speaks of the danger of legalism, the clarity of the gospel, and the importance of love in all relationships.
We have an evening singing the songs of the Christmas tonight, December 6, beginning at 6:30pm.
NOEL Christmas program will be December 14th at 10:30am. Laugh along as Jed and Roy McCoy experience a life changing encounter with the Christmas angels and learn of a new baby born in Bethlehem.
Christmas Carols will be included in each Sunday morning service (10:30am) in December.
A candle light service begins at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve.
I am praying that God uses Deep and Wide to help the church see how we may be causing unchurched people to stay away, or to be put off by us, when they should be attracted to Christ through us. Church is not just for me or for believers only, but for us and the ones that Jesus will draw to Himself through us.
When we face the tough things in life, we need hope to make it through. This summer my family faced the terminal illness and eventual death of my father. I love my parents, mom and dad. Dad was home with help from hospice for 8 weeks and then he died. I enjoyed two weeks with my family and my father when he knew he was dying. My dad was happy. He was able to smile and laugh. More importantly, he had the opportunity to communicate his love for friends and family before his passing. He became so much more loving during his last eight weeks on earth.
Then the funeral came and we laid his body in the grave. His spirit went to be with his Savior on the day he died, but his love remains in those he left behind. Those who believe in Jesus have hope that there will be a glad reunion either when we die, or Christ calls the church up to be with him.
This series of sermons on hope was preached during the time I knew dad’s earthly life would soon be over. He lived longer than we thought he would. The final sermon was preached after his funeral. Click the HOPE logo to be taken to the sermon download page.
Jessie shared a great sermon for Mother’s Day (she is my wife). Her 4 daughters surprised her by being present for church that Sunday. Then we shared a church brunch together. Jared and Rebecca came later on Sunday afternoon. Here is a photo we snapped of Jessie with all our children (and me).