Stop right now and think of the first three things that some to mind when you hear the word Church. Don’t hold anything back. Be honest. Be sincere. Be vulnerable. Be authentic. Be real. What are your first three thoughts? Maybe feelings? Maybe experiences? Maybe ideas? There was a study done about what people feel when they go to a church for the first time. Here are the five most common emotions from the survey: Fear Confusion Regret Hope Distracted Out of all those words, there are a lot of kinda negative......
Our mission is to serve Christ by mutually serving one another and embodying God’s love and grace for all. I’m sure you recognize that statement as our church mission statement. At our board retreat last weekend, we talked about how we have been living into this statement. We actually spent time evaluating every one of our ministries in light of our mission statement. And it was wonderful to see how each and every activity we engaged in this past year tied into the mission that we discerned together over 2 years ago.......
I am dumbfounded. And it’s because of my kids. You know how kids…especially siblings…play together, right? Sometimes they play like they really love one another. And sometimes they play like they hate each other. Most of the time it’s somewhere in between. My two older girls will start out playing nice. They’re on the same page having fun. Joy Kate is princess Elsa and Nora is princess Ana. They get rambunctious acting out a scene from their favorite movie Frozen. They get further and further into the story, and then it happens. Joy Kate –......