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News from the Florida Annual Conference

Dear Church Family,

As many of you know, I attended Annual Conference in Lakeland last week. Annual Conference, which happens every June, is when United Methodists from around the Florida Conference (which spans from Tallahassee to Key West) gather to discuss the business of our connection. Bishop Ken Carter, our resident bishop, has provided of helpful summary of what took place at Annual Conference. I share this list with you so you can know what we accomplished.

  • The election of our 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegations – led by Alex Shanks and Molly McEntire. (Some of you may remember that Molly McEntire served on staff at Community of Faith years ago as our Director of Children and Families Ministries. In addition, Alejandra Salemi, a recent graduate of the University of Florida who grew up at Community of Faith and still holds her membership here, will be serving as a delegate to Jurisdictional Conference. These are tremendous honors for both Molly and Alejandra.)
  •  The Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing of 52 persons. (Mary Downey, who was mentored by Community of Faith and continues to occasionally preach here, was one of the persons ordained.)
  • Over $37,000 given to the Bishop’s Offering in order to start a new church within the Lowell Correctional Institute in Reddick and the revitalization of FAMU Wesley in Tallahassee. (Community of Faith contributed $1,125 toward this amount!)
  •  We now have 301 Fresh Expressions in Florida and we chartered a new church (Good Samaritan UMC in Tallahassee).
  • Over the last year, 14 new churches became involved in ZOE and over 1,000 children have entered the program.  A new challenge grant of $42,000 will hopefully double the number of children supported by ZOE.
  • Apportionment giving increased last year, and we reduced our 2020 Conference Budget to return more resources to the local churches to make disciples.
  • We enthusiastically approved a new ministry plan for Latino/Latina ministries.
  • We engaged in dialogue about our church’s social teaching and public witness and approved funding for seminary scholarships for the next five years.
 
All in all, it was a great conference. I left Lakeland encouraged by what our churches are doing on mission together.
 
As a reminder, we won’t have our Saturday night service this weekend, nor will we have our 8:30am service on Sunday. Instead we will have 1 combined service on Sunday at 10:30am. Make sure to join us for this special service as we celebrate what our kids learned at Vacation Bible School.
 
See you Sunday!

Blessings,
Chris



Summer Bible Study – Tackling the Taboos

Dear Church Family,
Happy Friday! Hope your week has gone well.
First, I want to remind you that Coalition for the Homeless is this afternoon!If you’re available to help out, please make sure to meet us at the Publix parking lot at Berry Town Center at 3:00pm today. From there, we’ll carpool over to downtown Orlando and feed several hundred hungry people. As I mentioned in an email a few days ago, we’re not expecting our normal number of volunteers given that it’s summer and people are travelling. So please, if you’re available today, make sure to help us out!
Second, I want to let you know about an upcoming study I’ll be leading called “Tackling the Taboos.” In the study, we’ll take a thorough look at different topics that our culture generally considers too “taboo” to discuss! The topics include: 1) the separation of church and state and prayer in public schools; 2) creation and evolution in public schools; 3) abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty; 4) immigration; 5) gun control; and 6) human sexuality. At the beginning of the study, I, along with everyone else, will sign a covenant agreeing to be respectful of, and open to, others’ viewpoints. Above all, the study will explore how Scripture might inform our opinions on these topics. The 6-week study will meet on Thursday evenings (beginning June 13) from 6:15-7:30pm in Room 110. If you’d like to attend, simply send me an email (cjones@communityoffaith.org) or call the church office (407-809-2030).
Third, this weekend in worship we’ll wrap up our current message series called “Including the Excluded” in which we’ve been examining the inclusive ministry of Jesus as presented in Luke’s gospel. (By the way, I hope you’ve been taking the time to read Luke as we’ve been journeying through this series! It truly is an inspiring gospel.) We’ll also be recognizing 5 high school graduates at our 10:30am service on Sunday. All of us, I’m sure, are proud of these students, so let’s celebrate and pray for them as they begin this next stage of their journey.
As I think about these high school graduates, I’m also reminded of our church’s strong commitment to children and youth. That said, I hope you will sign-up to volunteer at Vacation Bible School, which is happening from 9:00am-noon every day from June 10-14. We’re expecting a large number of kids (perhaps larger than previous summers!), and right now our volunteer base isn’t matching the number of kids we’re anticipating. So please sign-up to volunteer when you come to service this weekend or by emailing Kathy Beuttenmuller (kbeuttenmuller@communityoffaith.org).  
That’s all for now. I hope to see you at Coalition for the Homeless this afternoon or in service this weekend!
Blessings,
Chris
 


Where have you seen God moving at Community of Faith?

Dear Motley Crew,
Every month, we begin our Administrative Council (church board) meeting by asking the question, 
“Where have you seen God moving at Community of Faith?” 
This question is important as it reminds us that even as we look to the future, God is still working in our church in the present. We might have our challenges and growing edges, but that doesn’t stop God from using our congregation to bless others.
We heard a number of great responses to this question during a recent meeting we had a few days ago. One person celebrated how many sign-ups we’ve already had for Vacation Bible School. A second person commented on the number of hungry people we’ve fed in the last month. A third person acknowledged the recent baccalaureate service we hosted for Four Corners Upper School.  
Of course, I can never resist sharing during this time because my role gives me a front-row seat into how God is using our church to touch others. That said, I shared an email I received last week from a couple who visited our congregation in January. Since visiting our church, this couple has been receiving email updates from us, including the Midweek Reflections, which we send out every Tuesday or Wednesday. This couple has been forwarding the Midweek Reflections to their son who’s incarcerated.
Check out what they said. (By the way, I’ve edited parts of this email for privacy’s sake.)
Dear Chris,
 
I have been receiving the Midweek Reflections and have forwarded many of them to my son, and he’s shared them with the inmates around him. Your church is blessed to have such an excellent team of writers and I would like them to know they are blessing some inmates with their words of encouragement in response to your words of encouragement. The guys appreciate and hunger for God’s word…Thank you again for your ministry. I hold you in my prayers.
This person is absolutely right–we are blessed to have a team of such talented writers whose gifts are extending beyond the confines of our community. As this person shared, God is using the words of our Midweek Reflection writers to bless others. To me, that’s a sign of God’s movement in our church!
So, I’ll ask you, 

where have you seen God moving at Community of Faith?

Blessings,
Chris
 
p.s. I realize it’s a holiday weekend, but don’t let that stop you from coming to worship this Saturday or Sunday. We’ll be continuing in our series called Including the Excluded where we are focusing on Jesus’ ministry in the gospel of Luke. This weekend, we’ll be looking at Jesus’ restoration of a demon-possessed man in Luke 8:26-39. During services, we’ll be also announcing some new banner team leaders as well as hearing a testimony from one of our youth. All in all, it’s going to be a great weekend, so don’t miss out!


not just passing through

Dear Motley Crew,
 
I like people and enjoy being around others. However, by nature, I’m also a task-oriented person who enjoys a small feeling of accomplishment when I get something done-when I write a sermon, respond to an email, lead a Bible study, or finish a meeting. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with tasks or wanting to get things done, but if I’m not careful, my obsession with tasks can make me miss great opportunities for ministry.  
 
This week was a busy week (as most of them tend to be!). But along the way two different people approached me, while I was working on tasks, to ask for prayer and counsel because of some personal challenges they’re facing. These Spirit-filled conversations ended up becoming my two favorite moments this week. It’s funny. I’ll eventually forget what tasks I was working on when these two people approached me, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget these conversations.
 
When I survey the gospels, I’m reminded of how Jesus created space for interruptions and never allowed tasks to get in the way of people.
 
One of my favorite stories in Luke (the gospel we’re focusing on in our current preaching series) is when Jesus offers ministry to a wayward tax-collector named Zacchaeus. At the beginning of the Zacchaeus story, Luke notes,  “He [Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through it” (Luke 19:1). Notice that phrase “passing through it.”
 
In other words, Jericho (Zacchaeus’ home village) was not Jesus’ final destination. Jesus was just passing through the area on his way somewhere else. Still, the fact that he was passing through didn’t stop the Son of God from recognizing Zacchaeus and offering the broken man grace-based acceptance and ministry. Indeed, as Luke reminds us, Jesus cleared his schedule that day and stayed at Zacchaeus’ home (Luke 19:5). A trip to somebody’s home wasn’t on the agenda, but Jesus made time for it. Had Jesus been too consumed with what he was doing, he likely would have missed that opportunity for ministry.
 
May none of us be so consumed with what we’re doing that we miss the people around us — people who are hurting and broken — and fail to minister to them!
 
How are you making space for interruptions today?
 
Blessings,
Chris
 
p.s., See you in worship this weekend as we continue our journey through Luke that we’re calling Including the Excluded. We’ll be looking at one of the most controversial passages in the gospels-Jesus’ ministry with an “immoral” woman in Luke 7:36-50. Check out this story and then come to worship on Saturday or Sunday as we explore it together! 


Bishop’s Offering (and VBS news!!)

Dear Church Family,
In a few weeks, I’ll be leaving for Annual Conference (AC). During AC, United Methodist pastors and lay leaders from around the connection meet to pray, worship, hear reports, and discuss the business of our church.
The Bishop’s Offering for AC this year will go to 2 important causes.
1.       

Lowell Correctional Institution

The Florida Conference is joining a trend in the US by placing a United Methodist church inside a state prison. A pastor will be assigned to serve at Lowell Correctional Institution for women in Reddick, Florida. The idea to partner with Prison Congregations of America, a consulting group that helps denominations establish worshiping congregations in prisons, came after Bishop Carter heard about a church based in a prison in Tennessee. Currently there are 34 prison-based churches in the United States, including two UMC prison churches in Tennessee and Iowa. Conference officials chose Lowell because it houses the most women (3,054) in a correctional institution in the United States, including three on death row.

2.       Impact at Florida A&M University Wesley Foundation

Part of our vision for IMPACT@FAMU Wesley Foundation is to create a “home away from home” for our students, an office/pastoral care area for the Executive Director, and a place to worship, gather, learn, play, and pray for the FAMU campus at large. We call this space the IMPACT House, a spiritual Living & Learning Experience for our IMPACT FAMUly. The money collected via this offering will help to make this vision a reality.
I’ll share more about the Bishop’s Offering during my Pastoral Challenge this weekend. (There’ll also be a bulletin insert with this information.) However, right now I invite you to prayerfully consider giving towards these causes. If you choose to give, you can do so by placing your donation (cash or check) in one of our 2 Voice of Hope baskets either this weekend or next.
This weekend we’ll also be continuing our new sermon series called Including the Excluded in which we are focusing on Jesus’ ministry in Luke’s gospel. As we said last week, Luke draws attention to Jesus’ ministry with outsiders more so than any other gospel writer. Our sermon this weekend will look at Jesus’ healing of a man infected by leprosy. I hope you’ll take the time to check out this incredible story (Luke 5:12-15) in preparation for the sermon. Indeed, there’s lots in here worth discussing. 

The last thing I’ll mention is please make sure to sign-up to volunteer at Vacation Bible School (VBS) and share this registration link with everyone you know: http://www.communityoffaith.org/2019-vacation-bible-school/

. The dates for VBS are June 10-14 from 9:00-noon, and we want as many kids as possible!
 
That’s all for now. Hope to see you this weekend!
 
Blessings,
Chris


Including the Excluded

Dear Church Family,
I’m grateful for the time away I had last week, but I’m excited to be back in worship with you this weekend.
 
We’re kicking-off a new series of sermons called Including the Excluded.
 The series is going to focus on Jesus’ ministry in Luke, where more than in any other gospel special attention is paid to outsiders. I imagine we’ve all had times in our lives when we felt like an outsider. The beautiful thing about Jesus is that he made space for outsiders and gave them a place to belong. 
 
My sermon this weekend is going to examine the events surrounding Jesus’ birth where God used several kinds of outsiders to welcome his Son into the world. So join us for what’s sure to be an inspiring time of worship.
 
I’d also encourage you to take home the Sermon Notes section of the bulletin when you leave worship.
 The purpose of the Sermon Notes is to encourage you to reflect on what we talk about in service and to engage Scripture throughout the week. My hope is that the sermon becomes a launching point for further study, which can only happen when we read the Bible for ourselves. On this note, I’m incredibly grateful for our Midweek Reflection writers who do a great job helping us engage what we discuss in service on a deeper level.  
 
The last thing I want to share with you is that our Vision Committee met earlier this week to help us chart a path to lead Community of Faith forward into God’s preferred future.
 I’m excited for the work of this group and I can’t wait to share with you what we’ve discussed in our meetings.   
 
Have a great Friday, and I look forward to being with you this weekend!
Blessings,
Chris


A big thanks to the COF staff

Dear Church Family,

I want to thank all our amazing staff and volunteers who made Holy Week and Easter worship possible last week. Our wonderful team of people included greeters, name-taggers, Children’s Church and nursery volunteers, coffee makers, choir and worship band members, Communion servers, tech assistants, people who stuffed, folded, and passed out bulletins, people who donated snacks, people who stacked and put out chairs, etc. I would love to mention each person who assisted by name. However, if I were to do that, I would inevitably leave somebody out. So, if you’re reading this note and you’re somebody who helped out, please know how incredibly grateful I am for you. God used you in a profound way last week to help hundreds of people–many of whom don’t attend worship regularly–to experience the hope of Easter. The kingdom of God was impacted through your service!

Please join us for worship this weekend as we continue in the excitement of Easter and hear a special message about the power of God’s touch.

It’s a joy to serve as your pastor! Have a great day!

Blessings,

Chris


I AM

Dear Church Family,

I’m going to keep this note brief.

At some point today, make sure to read the gospel writers’ accounts of the crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus. You can find these accounts in Matthew 26:47-27:66, Mark 14:43-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56, and John 18:3-19:42. In the midst of your day, please spend some time meditating on Jesus Christ’s sacrificial gift of love. 

I’ve always enjoyed these words about Good Friday from Bishop Will Willimon,

“Despite our earnest efforts, we couldn’t climb all the way up to God. So what did God do? In an amazing act of condescension, on Good Friday, God climbed down to us, became one with us. The story of divine condescension begins on Christmas and ends on Good Friday. We thought, if there is to be business between us and God, we must somehow get up to God. Then God came down, down to the level of the cross, all the way down to the depths of hell. He who knew not sin took on our sin so that we might be free of it. God still stoops, in your life and mine, condescends.” 

(Will Willimon, Thank God It’s Friday, p. 58)

I hope to see you later on tonight at 6:30 p.m. for our Good Friday service. Together we’ll look at the 7 “I AM” statements of Jesus and reflect on the wonder of those words.

I also hope to see you at one of our Easter services this weekend, including our special Sunrise Service, which will be outside on Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. (Make sure to bring a lawn chair!)

Good Friday is only “good” because of what happened on Easter. So, join us as we journey not just to the cross, but to the empty tomb. 

Blessings,
Chris



Easter Egg Hunt Tomorrow! (and then Palm Sunday)

Dear Church Family,

Tomorrow is our Easter Egg Hunt! A huge THANK YOU to those of you who donated candy and/or signed up to volunteer at the event itself. Along with Vacation Bible School and Trunk or Treat, the Easter Egg Hunt is one of our church’s biggest forms of outreach to families in our community. I can’t wait to see all the families God leads to our church tomorrow. By the way, it’s not too late to volunteer. If you’re interested in helping out, make sure to join us tomorrow morning. We’ll start setting up at 8:00 a.m., and the fun starts at 10:00 a.m.!

This last Monday we hosted a new membership class at the building. I’m excited to share that 8 people have decided to join our Motley Crew after attending that class! All 8 of these persons will be joining at our 8:30 a.m. service this Sunday. In addition, 1 of these persons will be baptized into the Christian faith. I’m grateful for the way God continues to bring people to Community of Faith, and for the way our congregation welcomes these individuals with Christian love. At the class, one couple commented, “We felt so at home the moment we walked in the building. Not only were we greeted by the name-taggers and the people passing out bulletins, but the people sitting next to us in service were so kind and hospitable.” So thank you, Community of Faith, for intentionally welcoming visitors and guests who attend our services, and for ensuring that these folks feel right at home. 

As we welcome new members, we also remember that this weekend is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. I know I did so in this email last week, but I want to remind us again of the dates and times of our various Holy Week services.

Palm Sunday Weekend (April 13/14) – normal weekend services in the sanctuary

Maundy Thursday (April 18) – special service at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Good Friday (April 19) – special service at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Easter Sunrise (April 21) – special service at 6:30 a.m. outside by the cross

Easter Weekend (April 20/21) – normal weekend services in the sanctuary

I hope you will join us for as many of these services as possible. Together we will journey with Jesus toward the cross and anticipate the hope and joy of Easter.

Finally, even though this weekend is Palm Sunday, my sermon isn’t going to focus on Palm Sunday, but rather, the events of Good Friday and Holy Saturday, when it seemed like God was silent. I know many of us have had moments in our own lives when we felt the weight of what seemed like God’s silence. So join us this weekend as we explore this tough topic and learn how Jesus responded.

See you soon!

Blessings,

Chris


Easter Egg Hunt Next Saturday (April 13)

Dear Church Family,
We’re more than halfway through our preaching series for Lent called Sunday to Sunday in which we are focusing on the last week of Jesus’ life on earth.  So far, we’ve looked at some of the big events that happened on Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Holy Wednesday.
 
This weekend we turn our attention to Holy Thursday, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, celebrated the Last Supper, issued the commandment to love, predicted Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial, prayed for his followers’ unity, and agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll be examining the last piece of the Holy Thursday story this weekend. The sermon title is “Lessons from Gethsemane.” In the message, we’ll look at several lessons Jesus’ time in Gethsemane teaches us about both suffering and obedience to God.

Since Holy Week is just around the corner, I want to remind of our service times for Holy Week. They are as follows:

  1. Palm Sunday Weekend (April 13/14) – normal weekend services in the sanctuary
  2. Maundy Thursday (April 18) – special service at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary
  3. Good Friday (April 19) – special service at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary
  4. Easter Sunrise (April 21) – special service at 6:30 a.m. outside by the cross
  5. Easter Weekend (April 20/21) – normal weekend services in the sanctuary
Also, don’t forget about our community-wide Easter Egg Hunt on April 13th. We still need more candy donations. So, please, please, please bring a bag of individually wrapped candies when you come to worship this weekend! If you’re not able to attend worship, you can drop off your candy donation at the church building through Wednesday, April 10th. Thank you for your generosity!
 
Our United Methodist Women (UMW) also need help folding palms into crosses for Palm Sunday and preparing candy bags for the Easter Egg Hunt. If you’d like to help the UMW with these projects, you can join them on Thursday, April 12th from 11:00am – 3:30pm & 6:30-8:00 p.m. or Friday, April 13th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  I know they’d appreciate the help!  
Finally, don’t forget about our upcoming new membership class on Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you’re interested in becoming a member of Community of Faith, make sure to attend the class. You can let me know of your plans to attend by emailing me at cjones@communityoffaith.org, or by filling out a Connect Card in worship this weekend and indicating on the back of the card that you’re interested in membership. You can then place the Connect Card in one of our two Joy Boxes. (Woohoo!)

I invite you to check out the rest of this email to get a sense of what else is happening in the life of Community of Faith–especially during this busy time of the year! 

See you this weekend!

 
Blessings,
Chris 
 


Easter egg hunt candy donations needed

Dear Church Family,

This weekend Justin Moore is out of town, so we’re privileged to welcome Joel (pronounced Jo-el) Mota as our guest worship leader. Joel attends Discovery Church in Orlando where he also volunteers in the worship band. Joel will be leading us from guitar at both of our contemporary services this weekend. I trust you will give Joel a very warm welcome as he shares his gifts with us. 

We’ll also be continuing our current series, Sunday to Sunday, in which we are focusing on the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. Our passage will be Mark 14:3-11, where the gospel writer tells us about a woman who anoints Jesus, and Judas’ decision betray Jesus. As my sermon title suggests, this passage involves a contrast of biblical proportions that’s definitely worth exploring. By the way, I’m also going to be baptizing one of our youth at our 10:30 AM service, so it’s going to be a great weekend. 

I’ve got a few other important things to share with you before I sign off on this email.

First, TODAY (Friday) IS COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS! If you’re interested in helping us feed the homeless in downtown Orlando tonight, make sure to join us at 3:00 p.m. at the Publix parking lot at Berry Town Center. We’ll carpool over together and then prepare and serve the meal.

Second, our candy donations for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt is down from where it needs to be. That said, please bring at least 1 bag of individually wrapped candies when you come to worship this weekend. The Easter Egg Hunt is only 2 weeks away, which means this weekend and next weekend will be our last opportunities to donate. Thank you so much for your donations! 

Third, our next new membership class is scheduled for Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. If you’re somebody who’s not yet a member of Community of Faith and you’re interested in church membership, make sure to attend the class. You can let us know of your plans to attend by filling out a Connect Card in worship this weekend and indicating on there that you’re interested in membership. Make sure to drop off the Connect Card in one of our 2 Joy Boxes (Woohoo!)

That’s all for now. Check out the rest of this email to see what else is happening at Community of Faith.

See you this weekend!

Blessings,
Chris



He leaves the ninety-nine

Dear Church Family,

A few weeks ago, we were singing the song “Reckless Love” in our contemporary services when two different people – one on Saturday night and then another on Sunday morning – approached me with a question about this line:

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.
“What’s that line about leaving the ninety-nine all about?” each person asked me.

It occurred to me that oftentimes we sing songs in worship without knowing the meaning behind certain lyrics.

That line, in case you’re wondering, is taken from my all-time favorite parable of Jesus, the parable of the Searching Shepherd, which is found in both Matthew and Luke. However, I prefer the way Luke tells it:

1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him [Jesus]. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
 
Luke 15:1-7 (NRSV emphasis mine)
 

This parable means so much to me that on my desk at the church office is a small wooden statue of an Israelite shepherd carrying a sheep on his shoulders. The shepherd appears relieved to have found his missing sheep.

I want us to recognize a few things about this parable. The first thing is the irony. The religious leaders in verses 1-2 accuse Jesus of welcoming and eating with sinners. But then Jesus launches into a story not about welcoming something, but about searching for something. It’s as if Jesus is saying to the religious leaders, “You think it’s offensive that I welcome sinners? I’ve got news for you–I don’t just welcome them…I actively seek them out!” 

Second, when Jesus asks the question in verse 4, “Which one of you shepherds would do this?” he knew the response would be, “None of us would do that!”No shepherd in his right mind would leave behind ninety-nine sheep in search of one missing sheep. Economically it doesn’t make sense. But that’s the beautiful thing about this parable. Jesus didn’t tell us this story to teach us about economics, nor did he tell us this story to teach us about ourselves. Instead he told us this story to teach us about God. 

God is “reckless” enough to leave behind everything to chase after us. Indeed, that’s what God did when God came to us in the person of Jesus-God left the comforts of heaven to search for us as a shepherd searches for his lost sheep. He chased after us all the way to the cross (Philippians 2:6-8).

The third and final thing I want us to see in this parable is the word “until.”Notice Jesus doesn’t say the shepherd searched “until he got tired” or “until it got dark” or “until he decided to go home.” Jesus is clear the shepherd will continue to search for the missing sheep “until he finds it.”

That indeed is reckless love-a love that will never give up, a love that will never stop chasing, a love that doesn’t make sense, but that God displays anyway.

So take comfort today knowing that you are loved by God in a way you will never fully grasp. 

Blessings,
Chris

p.s., I hope you will join us in worship this weekend as we continue in our series, Sunday to Sunday, in which we are looking at the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. Our focus this weekend will be on Jesus’ conversation with the religious leaders about paying taxes to Rome (Luke 20:20-26). So join us on Saturday night or Sunday morning and be ready to see this passage in a new way. Also make sure to bring a bag or two of candy to help us with the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt (and sign up to volunteer!). 

p.p.s., If you’re interested in learning more about membership at Community of Faith, I hope you will join Lori Austin (Lay Leader) and me for our next new membership class on Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. We will answer all your questions about church membership. Anyone who is not yet a member of Community of Faith is welcome to attend.