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 ( 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 (  
That’s all for now. I hope to see you at Coalition for the Homeless this afternoon or in service this weekend!