All of this, of course, is in fun and a couple years ago I drew this caricature of the two of us. We're rivals when it comes to our favorite team, but above all we're friends and brothers in Christ!
As we move into the last half of Ephesians 2, Paul addresses the reality that the churches in Ephesus and elsewhere in the Roman Empire were made up of former rivals: the Jews and the Gentiles (non-Jews). In fact they were more than just rivals - they were outright enemies in many cases! And yet, because of Jesus, they were united as part of God's family and were being joined together to form a spiritual building where God lives. That's amazing!
Take a few minutes to read Ephesians 2:11-22 and reflect on how you are experiencing similar unity with other Christians that you might otherwise not associate with. I hope you'll be able to join us this Sunday.
Crisis Fund Offering
But we need to line up some projects first. That's where you come in. We're looking for some rather simple tasks that small groups can accomplish in about 2 hours. We'd ideally like a variety of different things: some yard clean up, some indoor jobs, and some less strenuous tasks so that everyone and every level of ability will be able to participate. Begin brainstorming and seeking out what we might be able to do for others on that afternoon. Project forms are available for you to fill out and submit to the church office. We may not be able to accomplish everything suggested, but we hope to serve a number of people.
Project Administrator: Someone good at organizing the various projects and thinking through what needs to be done in preparation for the 17th.
Project Leaders willing to prepare for and lead a group on that afternoon (you don't have to create the project, just be the point person)
Lunch Coordinator: arrange for BBQ and tables at Twisp Park for our pre-serving potluck lunch
DVR to record the Seahawk game and then set it up to watch at the church that evening
Please let me know if you are willing to help in any of these areas and plan on joining us in service on the 17th!
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Here is a link to an article with information about how to provide help including links to give through Covenant World Relief: http://www.midsouthcov.org/hurricane-harvey-disaster/