4th of July weekend – SuperHero Summer concludes

Dear Church Family,
I want to start by thanking all of you who joined us last night for our online study of James. We had a great time exploring the background (authorship, date of composition, etc.) and the first twelve verses of this remarkable biblical letter. As a reminder, our James study will continue each and every Thursday for at least the next month and a half. (I’m seeing how much material we get through each week.) To join, simply go to www.facebook.com/cofumc/live/ every Thursday at 6:30PM (EST). My prayer is that these online Bible studies are giving you a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, God’s Word.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is 4th of July! Despite the pandemic, I hope you enjoy the holiday and that your celebration is a safe and healthy one. We truly are fortunate to live in the USA. What’s more, we’re grateful to those who serve and protect our country.
As always, worship this weekend will include electrifying and inspiring music. In addition, we’ll conclude our “Superhero Summer” sermon series. While this has been a fun and interesting series, all good things must come to an end. The superhero we’ll be exploring is Black Panther, who was the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books. Some of you may have seen the movie Black Panther, which came out two years ago. It was the highest-grossing movie of 2018 (grossed just over 1.3 billion dollars worldwide), so clearly this superhero resonates with a number of people (if not you, then somebody you know). In the message, I’ll share at least three scriptural truths we can pull out of Black Panther’s story. I hope you’ll make weekend worship a priority, and that you’ll join us online either on Saturday night (6:30PM) or Sunday morning (8:30AM, 10:30AM).
I began this note with a word of thanks. Let me end it with one, too. I want to personally thank all of you (which was more than 150 of you) who gave your feedback on our congregational-wide survey. As you may remember, this survey concerned both our online ministry and our eventual return to in-person worship. Kimi Lloyd, our Known by Love Banner Leader, posted a 5-minute video on our Facebook page summarizing the results.  You can watch it here in case you missed it: Click here. Please know our Administrative Council takes your feedback seriously and will continue to prayerfully go over what you shared as we continue to lead Community of Faith through this unique season.
Have a great 4th of July, and I’ll “see” you online for weekend worship!