Good Friday morning Church Requel!
We are really looking forward to our time together this coming Sunday morning! Last night I enjoyed supporting the sound tech for our praise team, made up of Jeff and Tamira Barnes, Brianna Nourse (formerly Barnes), Dan Logan and Ian Jensen. Sounded good! I love it when we can have a live band too.
Last weekend to prep for Mother's Day. Our kiddos have spent the last two weekends getting ready for Mother's Day. They have BIG PLANS for next weekend. Usually our children sit with their parents on the first Sunday of the month. Not this month. Sunday is May 1st - and I know they will all want to go to KidsMin to finalize their preparations for all the moms next weekend. If you're a parent or grandparent, make sure your children get to Church Requel this weekend!
Congrats to Brianna! As you might have already seen above, Brianna Nourse will be worshiping with us this weekend. She graduates this week from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Yay Brianna! What a year! Brianna married Dylan Nourse on January 2nd. She had her first Broadway audition this past week. And she will perform in Theatre Aspen’s production of Mamma Mia this summer.
What we appreciate most about Brianna, however, has been her humble support of the Church Requel ministry every time she has had the opportunity to worship with us. We wish you the best of luck, Brianna, and pray that you’ll continue to be a shining witness to the power of Christ in your life, wherever life takes you.
Sunday morning we will continue our Luke series by looking at 7:24-35. Have you ever experienced the disloyalty of someone you thought to be a friend? Have you ever been falsely accused? The subject of gossip? Were your friends fickle in their defense of you? Sunday we will continue our consideration of John the Baptist in jail and see what Jesus had to say. Along the way we’ll discover what makes for a good friend. Want a head start? Here are the Bible app sermon notes.
By the way, did you know that this will be our 18th sermon from Luke this year? We started this past Christmas and have been taking it one verse at a time ever since. What do you think? Do you like this exegetical process of preaching through the Scriptures? This week, we organized all of our Luke sermons into a YouTube playlist. Check it out here. Now you can easily review each week's talk. This makes it super easy to share with your family and friends too!
GREAT News About Our Membership Class. We experienced another first-time ever at Church Requel last weekend. We were expecting 12 people to come to the membership class. Instead, we had 14 people show up! That's a first - to have more come than we expected. It was a really terrific class. Everyone shared their story of how they started coming to Church Requel and why they love their church.
Encourage the following parishioners in their membership journey - Anna Scott, Amy Watson, Aaron Parsons, Chris Thoman, Tamara Engstrom, Jan Calendine, Ron Bolesky, Ken & Karen Jacob, Tamira Barnes, Ed & Paula Walker, and Fred & Susie Wiegand. Their second session is scheduled for Sunday evening May 22nd starting at 6pm.
Neighborhood Meal - May 14th. Our next opportunity to serve our free neighborhood meal is Saturday, May 14th. We will need volunteers to arrive by 4 pm and plan to serve until 6:30. We would also appreciate your donations of desserts to share. Please help us be Jesus’ hands and feet as we share God’s love with those around us.
Men's Chorus - May 29th. We’re excited about this month having 5 Sundays! Brandi welcomes all of our singing men to be a part of a very special men’s chorus on May 29th. If you’re a guy and you like to sing, make sure to ask Brandi for a music packet so you can participate!
Mary Kay and I both thank you for your prayers on her behalf. She is really starting to make some progress this week with her stretching exercises. Her arm will remain in a sling for at least another 4 weeks. We are learning how to coordinate our lives with three hands instead of four. All of the meals and cards you sent us were so wonderful. We know we are loved by you all! Hope to see you Sunday morning! In Christ's love, Pastor Mark