Dear Church Family,
Spring has peeked in the door! I’m sure we have a little more cold and rainy weather, but in the last week or so since I’m writing this we’ve had several sunny days approaching 70 degrees (and one in the mid-70s). It’s a reminder that Spring (and Easter Resurrection) are coming!
We are a couple weeks into our additional Sunday service at 8:30am (LINK to info video) and I’ve been doubly-pleased at how it’s going: one, to see several new faces in early worship because of the option to ease back in with maximum COVID precautions in place; and two, the great joy at the 11:00 service to sing together for those ready to do that. I am also thankful that more and more folks are being vaccinated and that cases in NC have dropped so dramatically since December-January.
In March we continue the season of Lent with our Journey to Easter in the Gospel of John. Each week we are looking at a different chapter from John, leading up to the John 20 account of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Most of these chapters take place between the Last Supper and foot-washing on Thursday night and the crucifixion of Friday morning. They contain some of the last and most compact teaching of Jesus as he shares some final teaching with the disciples.
I’m thrilled to highlight the ongoing articles from our SERVE Team. As an invitation to our own consideration of matters of race from a faith perspective, different GSPC folks are sharing some of their own stories and experiences around race. This month John Wright shares, and I so appreciate the insights of what he has learned out of his own life experiences growing up as well as long-time ministry here in our church neighborhood.
As a reminder, last Fall we re-organized our session (elder board) and church vision around four core areas. If you have interest in learning more or being a part of these ministries, I invite you to connect with the folks listed or let me know!
Grow the church deep and wide; Bible studies,
Sunday school, youth/children; outreach & evangelism
Emily Pearce, elder - email@example.com
Jim Hinton, elder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Continue key acts of service and mission; learn and grow
in knowledge and faith-informed response to racial injustices
Ann Baker, elder - email@example.com
Leslie Pack, elder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication, invitation, engagement around giving of
time, treasure, and talents; finance/budget/personnel
Diana Horne, elder - email@example.com
Jeff Buchmann, elder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular contact with and care of members and
regular visitors in partnership with pastor
Brenda Lampson, deacon co-chair - email@example.com
Robin Blacker, deacon co-chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
In Christian love,
UPCOMING SERMON TEXTS & THEMES
Journey to Easter with the Gospel of John
March 07: Helper (John 16)
March 14: Glory (John 17)
March 21: Failure (John 18)
March 28: King? (John 12,19)
April 04 (EASTER): Lord! (John 20)
April 11: Work (John 21)