Dear Church Family,

2 Corinthians 13:12 commends Christians to greet one another with a holy kiss. This verse speaks to the intimacy to which God desires the church to offer one another. The church symbolizes the welcome of God when we welcome one another in love. In the culture the Bible was written, this is how you greeted a close friend and family member. In today’s culture, we offer a handshake or lean in for a hug. After months of isolation and social distancing, I’d like us to move toward obeying 2 Corinthians 13:12 (with grace). Some of us are still going to offer a fist bump or a step back wave; still, let’s greet one another with love.

And here’s a new practice that can help us. When you come in this Sunday, you’ll see pre-printed nametags for our regular attenders and members. Would you please grab a nametag? If I misspelled your name or you accidentally didn’t get a pre-printed nametag, please create your own and let a welcome team member know so we can get you a nametag the following¬†week. We’ve all forgotten names. We’re all seeing new faces. Let’s work together to know and receive one another this week!¬†

5 quick items for prayer and participation:

#1: Please join a focus group to share your reflections on this past year. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22). https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hMws5cnOFH3PS0kNZmTzu_RdYND36nfrHoq26bw-zZM/edit

#2: Join us for the congregational meeting at the church building (11AM) and meal at Thomas Park (12PM) this Sunday.

#3: Enjoy my video encouragement for this week: https://youtu.be/WWdll2fnBL8

#4: Starting June 6 we’ll have pre-service prayer from 8:40-9:10 in room 103; open to all! Come for 5 minutes or stay for 30.

#5: Pray for our summer sermon series in the Book of Proverbs. When the great Charles Spurgeon was asked the secret to his tremendous success as a preacher and his church had in the city, without any hesitation replied, “My people pray for me.”

Lord have mercy,

Pastor Matt