What a devastating couple weeks it has been: Natural disasters crippling communities and horrific acts of hatred leaving many dead and so many hurting. You may be left wondering, just as I am, how do we respond?

How we respond matters.

How we love and serve as the Church is perhaps more important than it’s ever been. As followers of Jesus, we have a choice regarding how to respond. With anger or with love? In isolation or in community?  The choice is ours.

We need to be together when we are hurting.

This week we are shifting the way we meet in community. We are making special space for prayer and discussion for the various communities which meet throughout the week as well as on Sunday morning. So, we strongly encourage you to attend your normal community gathering this week and to invite others into this special time.  We need God, and we need each other.

There is great value in believers gathering together.  

This is one of the great things about our church family. Even if you are not currently meeting in a community with others we encourage you to join one of the following groups this week. It would be good for us to step away from media and social media coverage and toward real people for support, conversation, prayer, and just being together during collective pain. Please join us as we pray for so many who are hurting, including each other, and for our world.

Opportunities to gather:

  • Rooted* – Tuesday night at 6:30pm, in the gym. Even if you are not currently involved in a Rooted Group we invite you to join us for this week’s topic on, “Where is God in the Midst of Suffering?”
  • Women’s Community* – Tuesday morning at 10am, Tuesday evening at 7pm
  • Men’s Community* – Thursday morning at 6am, Thursday night at 6:30pm
  • Senior Life – Wednesday at noon
  • High School Students – Wednesday Night at 7pm
  • Sunday Gatherings – 8am, 9:30am, and 11:15am

*Please note, we are not able to provide childcare for children not already registered. 

Above all, we love.

Jesus told us that His people would be known by their love. This, more than anything, is what Christ-followers should be known for. When we see hate, division, tragedy, and pain, the Gospel moves us to inject our culture with the love of God. Our world doesn’t need a superficial, self-focused, convenient form of “love”.  Our world needs a committed, dedicated, sacrificial kind of love that’s rooted in Christ. The way in which each of us loves matters more than we realize.

So let’s come together on Sundays and beyond.  Let’s renew our effort to unite and bring more faith, hope, and love to our communities than ever before.  We invite you to take the opportunity to come together this week, as well as this Sunday, as we share the hope that we have in Jesus.

Light always shines brightest in the darkness.  Now’s the time to shine.