You are in for a real treat this Sunday. We have one of the best children's praise teams I have seen in a very long time. I had the privilege of running sound last night and couldn't believe what I was hearing - it was that good!
You'll want to make sure you come early so you don't miss a moment! The team opens with a wonderful new song, which will feature Saudaie. She really impressed me last night. I could tell she has worked really hard in preparation for Sunday morning.
During another song, Jacoby will sing a solo. Goodness gracious! He has the most beautiful soprano voice I think I've ever heard in a child. He's really gifted. I could tell he had worked on all the songs too. I hope Jacoby becomes a regular singer at Church Requel!!!
Cohen will bring you the announcements. Grayden will read Scripture. Lincoln will help collect the offering. Anna will play her flute for the offertory. Bubby, Sivon and Leia will also be joining Saudaie and Jacoby on the praise team. We always say that our children are not the church of tomorrow, but are the church of today. On Sunday you'll see just how true that is!
Missionary Class Leads Neighborhood Meal! Did you know we have a Neighborhood Meal coming up on May 26th? We do! And did you know that our Missionary Class - our students 5th grade and up - are planning to lead the way that night? They are!
Including the cooking! Chris Scott is looking forward to a career as a chef, so he will be working with Sheri to create a delicious and healthy meal for our guests. They are already planning the menu! The rest of the class will be helping to serve and clean up and play hosts to our guests. They invite all the adults to assist them, if you are willing! How cool is that?!
Community Night Of Worship Special Offering. This Sunday we will collect a special offering for the Community Night Of Worship on June 19th at the Renaissance Theater. Church Requel will join 6 other churches along with their worship leaders and pastors to provide for an interdenominational night of praise to our Lord.
The cost for the rental of the Ren is $5,000. Crossroads very generously has agreed to pay half the cost, but is asking the other five churches to provide the other half. This has been an awesome event the past two years. It’s been so wonderful to see Brandi join the other worship musicians. Let’s join together to support this worship event both with our finances as well as with our attendance.
Summer Activities Announced This Sunday! The results are in!!! For the past two weeks you have all voted on the activities you would like to enjoy together this summer. Are you ready to hear the result? Drum roll please... (to be continued by Cohen Sunday morning!) YES! You must come to church Sunday to find out! Ha!
Political Lessons From Daniel. Did you know that we have a primary election coming up on Tuesday? Did you know that we are currently studying lessons we can learn from Old Testament characters? Did you know that Daniel is the best example of a political power wonk we have in the Bible?
Hmmm... Let's put all three of those questions together, shake them up and out comes "When Lions Roar" for our sermon this Sunday! Want a head start? Open your Bible app and click on "Events" and "Church Requel" or just click this link to see the notes in your browser window.
Saturday Night Dinner and Music At The Point Of Grace. Paul Lintern will be offering another wonderful evening here at St. Luke’s Point of Grace. He has put together a historical evening, which he is calling “The Great War - 1918 A Century Later.”
There will be three special and individual hours. At 6pm we will enjoy a concert and program in our sanctuary. Paul tells me that there will be poetry, wonderful music and an historical presentation. You might even meet a former American president! At 7pm we will go downstairs for an informal dinner and a dance - 1918-style (the dance part is optional!) Then at 8pm we will go back upstairs to his Great Room for more music supplied by local musicians called Spring Fling. You may come to any or all of these 3 hourly events. How fun!
All this is offered on a donation basis, with all donations accepted to benefit the Saturday evening Neighborhood Meal program. Sounds like fun and a worthy cause too! Many thanks to Sheri, who is prepping the meal, and Dave - who is helping Sheri - and probably many others I just don't know about.
Ok everyone! That will wrap up this week's newsletter. I love how things are going at Church Requel these days, don't you? Last night I received an email from Portable Baptistry (the company we purchase our baptistry from) asking if it would be ok to tweet out to all their followers the link to the YouTube video of Brett's baptism a couple weeks back. That really was a special moment in the life of our church. You all were such a delighted church family that morning!
Remember if you see a new face at church, introduce yourself and welcome everyone you see. Believe it or not, one of the biggest challenges we have is the barrier that newcomers feel like outsiders because everyone already knows everyone. Let's not let this be "our" church. Let's be "their" church too!
Love you all much! Pastor Mark