I believe

Dear Church Family,

Happy Friday! I’m excited to begin a new preaching series with you this weekend called “Credo.” The title comes from the Latin word for “I believe.” In this series, we’ll be exploring the most important of our beliefs, which is what we believe about God. Our guide for this series will be the Apostles’ Creed, a profoundly simple (and simply profound) statement of faith crafted by the early Christians. The earliest appearance of the Apostles’ Creed occurred sometime around 150AD (though its final version didn’t take form until the 300sAD). The creed was developed as a way to safeguard, preserve, and transmit the faith to future generations.

The outline for the 6-part series will be as follows:
  1. God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth
  2. Jesus Christ, God’s Only Son, Our Lord
  3. The Holy Spirit
  4. The Church and the Communion of Saints
  5. The Forgiveness of Sins
  6. The Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting
 
This weekend, we’re going to take a closer look at the first line: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.” So make sure to catch the service online!
 
We’re now in the sixth week of offering exclusively virtual worship due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to change things up a bit and keep everyone on their toes, we’re going to be leading most (if not all) of worship remotely this weekend as well as adding a few other elements in for surprise. As a reminder, you can stream the services online at our regular times through our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cofumc/) or our Community of Faith website (www.communityoffaith.org/livestream-services/).  We’ll continue to monitor things as they develop, but for now our plan is not to have in-person worship until at least the middle of May. We’ll keep you posted as things change.

The last thing I’ll remind you of is that my Philippians Bible study begins this Thursday (April 30). The study will take place every Thursday evening at 6:30PM. As with worship, we’ll livestream the study through Facebook and our website. If you’d like to attend, please send me an email, so I can get you on the list for the handout (cjones@communityoffaith.org).

For other information about what’s going on in our church and how you can stay connected with us, check out the rest of this email. Have a great day!
 
Blessings,
Chris