Transformation and Redemption

Dear Church Family,
 
I hope you enjoyed a great weekend last Saturday and Sunday. I want to thank you for the time you allowed Amanda, the twins, and me to get away and be with family. We spent last Thursday at her mom’s house in Melbourne, and then drove down to Fort Lauderdale on Friday to be with my dad for Father’s Day weekend. During our visit there, we also got to see my younger brother, Ryan, and his family, and meet my niece, Annabelle, for the first time. (She was born 6 months ago.) All in all, it was a great trip. However, we’re glad to be back! If you missed Bishop Ken Carter’s meditation on Matthew 6:25-34, which was part of our online service last weekend, you can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/431510993.
 
This weekend, we return to our preaching series on Marvel superheroes with a look at Black Widow. While you may not recognize her name as easily as you do Spider-Man or The Hulk, she’s definitely become more famous over the last few years because of the success of The Avengers movies, which were some of the highest grossing films of the last decade. When it comes down to it, Black Widow’s story is one of transformation and redemption, which are important biblical and theological themes! We’ll be sure to unpack those themes in the message this weekend. I look forward to worshiping with you online on Saturday night (6:30PM) or Sunday morning (8:30AM, 10:30AM). As always, you can watch the prerecorded service on Community of Faith’s website (www.communityoffaith.org/livestream-services) or on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cofumc/live/). I know Julia will also have powerful music prepared for us.
 
I want to take a moment to thank you (seriously THANK YOU!) for your faith-filled giving to Community of Faith, particularly during these unique days when we haven’t been able to gather in our building. Now that we’re coming to the end of June, we’ll give you a midyear update in a couple of weeks as to how our church is doing financially. In the meantime, please know that God is using your giving each and every day to change human lives and help us fulfill our mission, which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who Live by Faith, are Known by Love, and become a Voice of Hope to the world. In case you’re not already aware, you can give online (www.communityoffaith.org/giving/), or you can mail in your offering to our physical address (9120 Teacher Lane Davenport, FL 33897).
 
In the rest of the email, you can read information about other things that are taking place in the life of our church. These include an online Bible study I’ll be leading on the New Testament Book of James starting this Thursday, as well as information about Vacation Bible School (VBS). A closed building has not stopped our church from actively engaging the community and sharing, as best we can, God’s love for the world in Jesus. THANK YOU for all that you are doing to help us toward this end.
 
“See” you this weekend!
 
Blessings,
Chris