Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,
As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and responsible followers of Jesus Christ, I am thrilled that after years of prayers, God has opened a gracious door for us to start a Life Group. This new Life Group will allow us to continue to make disciples beyond our walls. We celebrate the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Barbara June, a resident of The Cumberland on Church, has offered to host this new Life Group. McKendree is located in a climate where 75% of the downtown residents say they will never walk through the doors of a church. Can you imagine what it will look like to live out of Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” in today’s reality?
God has opened a door where we can share the goods news of the gospel, right next door where people are looking to belong in community. There are over 20 stories and probably over 500 people, right next door. So we will offer radical hospitality and an entry into a disciplined life that follows Jesus.
One of our Life Groups just finished an exciting journey of spiritual practices and spiritual renewal. The study was A Spiritual Formation Workbook published by Renovare (from the Latin word meaning “to renew”). What impressed me most about the study involved the three important ingredients: 1) balance which we all need, 2) knowledge that helps us practice the spiritual disciplines, 3) mutual encouragement and accountability that we gain from each other. The secret to this study is joining forces with others who have a similar mission.
Jesus tells the disciples in his last moments, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations (all people), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 It is one thing to gather people together for fellowship, which has value, but it is another to live life together where there is balance, knowledge, and encouragement and accountability.
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“A balanced life brings a blessed life!”
Remember to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day at 12 Noon!
Also — We are sponsoring a United Methodist Pastor in Rwanda for a year. Currently the United Methodist pastors do not receive an adequate salary to support their families. It takes only $34 a month to support a pastor in Rwanda. Please bring your loose change for a special offering for our Rwanda Remains Faithful project. Your loose change can bring about change for these faithful men of God!