The new Summer Activity Fun Schedule is now out and available! Yay! You can pick up your copy Sunday morning at Church Requel. So what's on the schedule you asked? Glad you asked that question!
Church Picnic - Sunday June 24th at North Lake Park. After church we will enjoy lunch games & fellowship with one another! Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share.
Pool Party - Saturday July 14th at Shelly Acres, 6pm-8pm. Come cool off after a hot summer day! Feel free to bring your own soda & a snack to share, if you'd like! Fun for the whole family! All you need is a towel... well a bathing suit would be a good idea too.
Canoe Trip - Saturday August 4th at Mohican Adventures, 10am. Let's have some fun outdoors!! This canoe trip is 7 miles long and takes about 2 hours. Let's plan on getting lunch together afterwards. The cost for canoeing is $20 per person (under 10 yrs. old - free!)
Miniature Golf / Antique Car Show - Kelly's Putt Putt - Mid September. This evening is always such a blast. You can purchase old fashioned burgers, milkshakes, and a round of miniature golf. As a bonus, there will be an antique car show too!
Bonfire - Saturday October 6th at Sheri's, 6pm. Bring your own lawn chair, something to drink, a side dish to share and your bug spray! We will cook hot dogs and s'mores so bring your cooking sticks and forks.
Doesn't this sound like an amazing summer schedule for us? Make sure you grab your own activity sheet and put it in a place where you can see it often. If you're a scheduler put these dates on your calendar now so you'll be sure to not miss a single event. We still plan on coming up with an adults only event too so stay tuned for further developments.
Community Night Of Worship - June 19th. This past Tuesday I had the privilege of being in a video shoot with six other Mansfield pastors. This video will air the night of June 19th at the Community Night Of Worship at the Renaissance Theater. It is so wonderful and sadly all too rare to see multiple churches come together in a common worship experience. Tuesday morning was a lot of fun for me. I got to know several other of my fellow co-workers in Christ. It was also fun to see each of them shine in front of the camera.
Of course the ones who will be leading us in worship are the many worship leaders from the different churches, including our own Brandi Walker! If you really want to get pumped for this exciting night of worship, click on this link to watch all the different worship leaders singing together. It's pretty amazing! I hope you are all planning to come that evening. It promises to be truly special!
Saturday Night - Neighborhood Meal! Speaking of "community," we will have a community night of our own tomorrow evening here at Church Requel, when we open our doors to our neighbors and invite them all in for a free, hot meal. Our teenagers from the Missionary Class and their teacher, Cindy Thoman, will be leading the charge.
Of special interest to you all will be our cooks for the evening. Christopher Scott, will start attending culinary classes this fall. He loves cooking! So he's going to get his opportunity in the kitchen Saturday night with Sheri "assisting." LOVE IT!
These young people would still love to have all your help too. Volunteers show up at 4pm. We begin serving the meals at 5pm. If you have the time, bring desserts to give away.
Jam Band Sunday Morning! Don (bass), Dan (guitar), Dave (guitar), Brett (guitar), Chris (sound) Mark (ukulele), Brandi (keyboard) - AND NEWEST BAND MEMBER BRIAN (drums) - will be leading the worship set this Sunday morning. We've been practicing just about every week and we're really excited to lead again on Sunday. We're especially excited to have Brian on the team. He has been learning drums - just so he could be on the team! Isn't that terrific?
Here's the worship set list for Sunday: (1) Greater Things by Mack Brock, (2) 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman, (3) The Reason by Travis Cottrell, (4) Everyday by Hillsong. The last 3 songs will be the first time the band has ever played them in public. "The Reason" is a brand new song that just came out a couple months ago. We think you're going to love singing it. "The Reason" gives the reason why we sing and lift our hands high. We also have prepared a special song for you - "The Answer" by Jeremy Camp. Dave will take the lead on this one. And yes.. it really is special!
Finally since it is Memorial Day weekend, we thought a little "fun" music would be in order - so you'll be hearing "School's Out For Summer" as you walk in Sunday!
Jack Nichols Memorial Drum Set. I'm really excited to share this next piece of good news with you. Now that we have a drummer for the band, we could really use a top quality electronic drum set. Why? Because an acoustic set (as wonderful as they are) is really hard to volume control in a small venue like we have in our church. An electronic set would plug right into our sound system allowing our sound techs to blend the drums right in at the same sound level as everyone else. Brilliant!
But good quality drums sets do not come cheap. We asked Dan to research a top quality drum set that would last us for awhile and he recommended one by Roland. Cost will be $1300. That's the bad news.
Here's the good news. Sheri has asked to make a donation to purchase the drum set in honor of Jack Nichols. He always loved music so much and was always wishing / hoping for live music at Church Requel. We are sure hoping he is smiling down at us and excited about this newest addition planned for later in June.
I don't know about you, but I don't want Sheri to have all the joy. Mary Kay and I would also like to contribute to this to honor Jack's memory. And maybe some of you would like to do this also. This weekend we will open up a special offering to allow you to do this. No pressure! But if you have the desire and the ability, plan to bring an extra offering Sunday. Whatever balance we need, Sheri will pick up the entire rest of the tab! Thanks Sheri!
I'm excited to begin a new sermon series, which I'm naming "Sequel & Requel." This will be a verse-by-verse study through the Book of Acts. This book could also have been named "Luke - Part 2" because it really is a sequel to Luke's Gospel.
Acts begins right where Luke ends. It's written by the same author (Luke) and it's written to the same person (Theophilus.) It tells the story of those first, early, 1st-century churches and how the Good News spread from Jerusalem into the rest of the world.
We call ourselves Church Requel because we want to "Requel" those first churches. Well, to do that, we need to study them. What were they like? How did they get started? What did they do right? What did they do wrong? What can we learn from them? I'm pretty excited about the study and I hope you will be too.
We get started Sunday morning with the first 11 verses. Want a head start? Open up your Bible app and click on "Events." Or you can click here to see the notes in your browser window.
If you made it this far... CONGRATULATIONS! Most of our weekly newsletters are not this long, but hey - we've got a lot of news these days. And I didn't even mention the wedding for Mark and Loni. If you didn't make it last Sunday, they stood in front of all of us and invited each of us to join them on their special day - June 16th. The music for the wedding begins at 6pm and the wedding ceremony begins 30 minutes later. Aren't these special times for our church family? I'm loving it... and all of you too! - Pastor Mark