Tying Up Loose Ends

Now that we have completed Holy Week and are enjoying the early spring season, it’s a great time to tie up some loose ends. Those of us who are getting ready for Spring Break in early April are taking time this week to prepare and pack for our vacations. Those of us who are snow birds who return from the South and West to Michigan in the spring will soon be getting our winter residences ready for our vacancy and will soon be packing up our possessions for the travel home. Those of us who are students are preparing for the close of the school year as we journey through our final semester or trimester and finish our academic work.

This month of April is also a great time to tie up some loose ends with our sermon schedule. Before the season of Lent began in February, in the morning services we were focusing on Acts 2:42-47 with our Renewal Lab “N.T.C.H.U.R.C.H.” series. In January and February we went through the first 5 letters of the acronym: New Commitments Are Made, Teaching Is Central, Community Runs Deep, Holy Presence of God Is Sought, and Unexpected Is Expected. During the month of April we will resume this message series that we will actually finish on the first Sunday of May. Thus we will finish our look at the church’s (and the Renewal Lab’s) inaugural Scripture text.

We began an evening series on the Apostles’ Creed called “Our Creed” back in November. We have reflected on God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and the Church in the Creed with 7 messages. During April we will conclude this series as we focus on the forgiveness of sins and our future hope.

On April 3 Rev. James Evenhouse and Dr. Reggie Smith will preach for us while I’m on Spring Break vacation with my family. On April 17 we will have a visit by our missionaries from Japan, Jeong and Misook Gho. Pastor Jeong will preach and they will share an update with us on their ministry in East Asia. It will be a blessing to catch up with them again.

Here is our message schedule for April and early May:

April 3 (AM) – Rev. James Evenhouse

April 3 (PM) – Dr. Reginald Smith

April 10 (AM) – “N.T.C.H.U.R.C.H.: Real Needs Are Met” – Acts 2:44-45

April 10 (PM) – “Our Creed: Salvation in Shorthand” – Matthew 18:21-35

April 17 (AM) – Rev. Jeong Gho

April 17 (PM) – Combined Service at Cottonwood CRC

April 24 (AM) – “N.T.C.H.U.R.C.H.: Consistent Gathering” – Acts 2:46

April 24 (PM) – “Our Creed: Resurrection and Restoration” – Philippians 3:10 – 4:1

May 1 (AM) – “N.T.C.H.U.R.C.H.: Habitual Growth Is Celebrated” – Acts 2:47

May the Lord bless you as you tie up any loose ends that are in your hands!

Pastor Mark

Christopher Dekker