God is not capricious. God is not lazy. God is not weak. Everything that he says he will do, he does. Everything he does is for the joy of his people. And so His is a holy and loving integrity that must give us hope and confidence in an unpredictable world. Do you believe the promises of God? Do you believe he loves and cares for you? Pray for fruit this Sunday.
Discipleship Teaching of the Week
This is a new section for our newsletter. Every week I will post a short teaching intended to grow you in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, and to equip you for ministry in and outside the church. Today’s reflection comes from author Rebecca McLoughlin:
My husband has three rules of engagement when we go to church.
- An alone person in our gathering is an emergency.
- Friends can wait.
- Introduce a newcomer to someone else.
I would only add this: Invite the newcomer into your home for a meal. They will only stick at our church (and maybe with the Lord!) if they connect deeply with you/us. Be bold!
Service Time Change This Sunday
This Sunday we are moving our service time to 9am. We will do this for July and August. Spread the word!
Lots of Links
- Is Recreational Marijuana Use a Sin?
- We Want Straightforward Answers. God Gives Us Mysteries.
- Died: Apologist Norman Geisler, Who Didn’t Have ‘Enough Faith to Be an Atheist’
- Skin a Watermelon Party Trick
– Pastor Ryan
July and August Service Time Change: 9:00AM As you may have heard, the Elders and Deacons have decided to change the Sunday service time to 9am for July and August. There are two reasons for this. The first is to beat the heat (our worship space does not have air conditioning). And the second reason is to bolster our Summer attendance! We hope you will make it a priority to attend services when you are in town. If you have questions about this, reach out to any of our leaders.
Ladies Monday Evening Bible Study: Please join us Monday evenings at 7:00pm at the church. We are studying Overcomer by David Jeremiah. Join us as Dr. Jeremiah explains how our spiritual armor allows us to stand firm against the schemes and strategies of the evil one.
Women’s Retreat: Ladies mark your calendar for September 20-22 for the annual Berea Women’s Retreat. The schedule for the retreat is planned deliberately to give you a chance to grow and to be refreshed, to use the time in the unique way that you would most enjoy. For more information contact Shannon. You can register at berea.org or call 603-744-6344.
Moldova Mission Trip: We are planning to take our next mission trip to Moldova October 11th-19th. If you have any interest in going to Moldova, or would like more information, please contact Bill and Sandi Stearns.
Evening Praise & Prayer: Mark your calendar to join us Sunday, July 21st at 5:00pm. We will begin at 5:00pm with a potluck dinner. At 5:30pm we will have a service which includes sharing, praying and teaching. Everyone is welcome!
Men’s Bible Study: Men please join us as we study the book of Galatians. We are using Tim Keller’s book Galatians For You. We meet every Thursday from 6:30-7:30a at the church. All men are invited!
Help in the Café: We need someone to fill in on the 3rd Sunday of the month for Café for July thru October (7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20). If you can’t take all of these months you can volunteer for any one of these dates. Please contact Alison to volunteer or to ask questions.
Cuddling Babies: If you like to cuddle and hold babies, this opportunity is for you! Lawrence General Hospital is always looking for volunteers to help soothe and comfort babies who may not have a mom present to do so. The volunteer commitment is only as much or as little as you desire. Coverage is needed 7 days a week from 7am-10pm and is greatly appreciated by the staff and the babies! If you would like more information please feel free to contact Kim Wilkinson.
Helping with Slides: We are looking for a few people to train to use our worship slides program. It’s very easy and a good way to serve at GracePoint. Please contact Joe if you would like to know more.
Ministries at GracePoint: Do you feel that God is calling you to serve at GracePoint? Right now we need help in our Kids Town ministry! In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to serve in our café, on the worship and tech teams. Please pray and ask God where he wants you to serve. Contact Ryan for more information or to sign up!