February 28, 2018
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I pray that you have weathered the rain and the wind we have been experiencing and not had any damage to your home or property.
Last Sunday, I challenged to recognize how some who are sick and disabled are still treated as outsiders and often live in our nursing homes with no visitors. Jesus went out of his way to be in ministry to those who were sick and disabled and as his followers, we are called into the same ministry. I urged you to go and visit our hospitals and nursing homes this week and bring a word of encouragement to the folks that live there.
This week we continue our sermon series The Gospel of the Nobodies with the sermon “The Demon-Possessed”. Our Scripture lesson comes from Luke 8:26-39 and can be read by clicking the Scripture passage. What demons are infecting people today? What can the church do to reach out to folks and help bring them into wholeness through Jesus Christ? These are the questions we will deal with this week. I hope to see you in worship this week.
Our youth worshiped last Sunday (and the entire weekend) with over 1400 youth from across Arkansas. The speaker, Jennifer Dake, challenged the youth to create moments with God that would strengthen their faith. The worship band I Am They led the youth with incredible worship music. Mackenzie Thomason said this about Veritas: “It’s the best weekend ever! Honestly, it is the weekend I look forward to all year. It was a time of self-reflection and growing in my faith. Loved the time I spent with my Youth group and being able to grow as a church family. So many opportunities that weekend: full of fun, but also discipleship.” We also had three people who went for the first time. Ask them about their experience this week in worship.
What are you doing each week to engage God outside of Sunday mornings? Do you participate in a small group? Every one of us need to be on a pathway of intentional discipleship that includes: worship, Sunday school, small group participation, prayer, and personal Scripture reading. During this season of Lent, I want to encourage you to evaluate your discipleship pathway, and ask yourself, “Am I doing enough to fully grow into the fully-committed disciple of Jesus Christ I am called to be?”
Part of being a disciple of Jesus is going out of your comfort zone to share Jesus Christ with others. That can be done with a group, like when we meet to serve at Mission Outreach. It can also be done individually. We have a family in the church who are making care packages for folks at Mission Outreach. Li met and invited a family from the Marshall Islands to come to church. One of our lessons in the sermon series The Gospel of the Nobodies is that Jesus intentionally went to those society said was nobody and showed compassion to them. What are some ways you can show compassion to those our society has forgotten about?
Happening this week
WOW Youth at Shiloh – 6:00 P.M.
WOW Kids at Pruett’s Chapel – 6:00 P.M.
Sunday School at Pruett’s Chapel – 9:00 A.M.
Worship at Pruett’s Chapel – 10:00 A.M.
Sunday School at Shiloh – 10:00 A.M.
Worship at Shiloh – 11:00 A.M.
Worship at Chateau – 4:00 P.M.
Adult Discipleship Group – 5:00 P.M. – Shiloh Campus
Pruett’s Chapel Ladies Day Out – 11:30 A.M. – Brick Oven Pizza