We are fearfully and wonderfully designed in His image

Dear Church Family,

Like all of you, I watched with fascination and interest the rescue of the soccer players and their coach from the flooded cave in Thailand. As you’re well aware, the entrance to the cave collapsed shortly after the boys and their coach went inside on June 23. Heavy rains along with rising floodwaters exacerbated rescue efforts. I was heartbroken to hear of the death of one of the rescue workers, and I felt relief when the final boy had been pulled from the cave.

I think this story has reminded the whole world of how precious human life is. As the writers of Scripture observe, we have been made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27), and we are fearfully and wonderfully designed (Psalm 139:14). Therefore, no person on our planet is without value. I praise God for the brave work of the rescue workers and that these boys and their coach will soon be reunited with their families.

This week, we’ve had 28 students at the Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park. We also have 2 young adults from our congregation serving on Team as counselors. Our church has a long history of supporting camp, because we’re convinced God uses the ministry of camp to change lives. I want to thank those who of you who have donated to our 3:16 fund. Because of your generosity, a number of students are able to attend camp and not worry about the cost. Camp is place for these students to discover what it means to live as a child of God and follow Jesus in this world. I am excited to hear about the week they’ve had. 

I hope to see you in worship this weekend as we continue our new series called “Revealed: Ending Misnomers about the End.” In this series, we’re debunking popular misnomers many of us have when it comes to the end of the world and the return of Jesus. Our misnomer this weekend involves the rapture. Is the rapture a teaching rooted in the Bible? That’s the question we’ll be exploring in our worship services, so join us for that! 

We’re also honored to have my friend, Bryant Manning, lead music for us this weekend. Bryant is the Associate Chaplain at Florida Southern College where (among other things) he leads worship on a weekly basis. Bryant is a talented musician, and I know you’ll be blessed by his gifts. 

Make sure to sign-up to volunteer at Vacation Bible School and drop off your donations at the building if you haven’t already done so.

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See you soon!