Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This coming Lord’s Day we will begin our series of messages on Romans 12.
Romans 12:1 is certainly one of the most well-known and frequently quoted verses in all of Scripture. Its urgent summons to all professing believers in Christ is set forth in simple terms:
“ I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
When we consider this one line of inspired Scripture, there are two places in it to which our eyes seem to be directed.
First is the word “ therefore.” And this term forces us to look back to all that has gone before in chapters 1-11 of the letter.
The second point of focus is the phrase “ living sacrifice.” And with this, we are directed to consider our present and future lives as those whom God’s amazing and powerful grace has eternally redeemed.
We might say that there is a huge question suggested when we get to 12:1–
Now that we have been saved by grace though faith in Christ, how are we to live?
For the next twelve weeks this summer, we will follow along with the Apostle Paul as he answers this question in the most practical of ways.
This Sunday, we will survey the landscape of chapter 12, familiarizing ourselves with the great emphases and themes that arise in these verses. And then, on the following Sundays, we will discover the answer to this one essential question having to do with how saving grace is to be put on display in everyday life.
I can’t wait to gather with you on the Lord’s Day with open Bibles and hearts aflame with love for our Great King and Savior!
I love you all so very much,
Summer Worship Time Change:
Continuing throughout the summer, Sunday worship will begin at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary. Starting June 20th (Father’s Day) at 9 a.m. we will resume our coffee, snack and fellowship time just off the Narthex. We will also begin serving special snacks to the children in the fellowship room at the same time. Parents, please encourage your children to enjoy their snacks where they are served.
Sharon O’Neil Memorial Service:
We will have Sharon O’Neil’s memorial service at the Church on Saturday June 26, at 10:00 AM. Visitation with the family will follow the memorial service.
I’m happy to announce that we will continue the tradition of our Psummer Psalms for the 4th straight year!
Please join us for an afternoon/evening of reciting Psalms followed by some food and fellowship. Everyone of any age is invited to memorize one entire Psalm this summer and then come together Sunday afternoon, August 15th, for a recitation and dinner.
Recitation can be individual, or together in a group or family.
1) Pick a Psalm, any Psalm
2) Memorize it
3) Recite it on Aug 15th, to God’s glory
It’s fine if multiple people pick the same Psalm. This happens every year!
As we get closer to Aug 15, I will send out more details about the event and get you to send me the Psalm you have memorized.
Join us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for periodic encouragement and accountability.
Youth Group will resume in the Fall.
A note from Amanda, our Nursery Coordinator:
First, a huge thank you to those you have volunteered in our nursery during Sunday worship over the past couple of months. It has been a great blessing to our children, nursery staff, and families.
I have created a new sign up extending through the summer months so please click on the link below if you would like to help in the nursery in the coming weeks. Don’t forget our new worship schedule this summer! Since service will begin at 9:30 as of May 30th, we ask that you arrive in the nursery at 9:15 to help welcome our children in. More details can be viewed on the sign up page.
If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Amanda Dean or Ashley Turnbull. It has been such a blessing as a parent to see our church as a whole lovingly take part in helping raise our children in a way that points them to their Creator. Thank you all!
Monthly Lunch: Our next monthly luncheon will be on July 1 beginning at 11:30 at the Timbers Edge Clubhouse located at 1 Timbers Main, Brownsboro. It’s potluck – feel free to bring a dish or just yourself.
Wednesday Summer Fellowships: Make plans to join other ladies in the church for fellowship throughout the summer. Our goal is to connect across generational lines and encourage one another. All ages welcome! Groups will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am at Sharon Daughtry’s (5726 Jones Valley Drive, Huntsville 35802) as well as at 6 pm at Panera Bread on Airport Road. Contact Denise for more information.
The weekly bible study and fellowship for career/singles meets at 5:30 PM Sunday evenings at the home of Jim and Sharon Daughtry.
On Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 AM the Senior Fellows will enjoy breakfast, fellowship and a devotional at the Church. This will be followed by a special treat, Perry Calvert’s testimony. Guests are welcome. Please notify us at seniorfellows@
Bereavement: Please pray for Stanley Gibson, whose mother died this week.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Dave Angotti, Dustin and Katie Jackson, Zig and Virdia Jastrebski, Ramona Edwards, Bill Dent, Jacky Haynes, Steve Terry, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, and Elizabeth Holton.
Expecting: Please pray for the Deans, expecting in July, and the Prinzingers, expecting in November.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Noah and Karleigh Stephens (Thailand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); Amos and Jessica Williams (RUF at Alabama A&M); Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky and Alaina Garcia (church plant in Canada); Dieter Paulson (church plant in Scottsboro, AL); Gannon Miles (seminary student); The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center.
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Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763