What a huge weekend for our church this weekend! Cleaning the kiddos area this morning. Canoeing Saturday morning. Worship service Sunday led by the largest group of students ever in the summer history of Church Requel! In true Christian fashion let's start with the last first!
Children Serve This Sunday! The photo above right is from our praise team rehearsal last evening. What a great worship team we have all rehearsed and ready to go for Sunday morning! Once more we see that our children are not only the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today here at Church Requel!
Paityn, Leia, Bubbie and Jacoby help sing on our worship team. They join the adults - Brandi, Chris, Tamara and Amanda. It's such a large team that yours truly will need to preach from the large pulpit because there is no room left on the platform. It's filled with our young people! What a great problem to have. (And truth be known I love preaching from the large wooden pulpit every now and again. Such a rich tradition! I feel like I stand shoulder to shoulder with pastors from the past who have served since the late 1880s!
But we do not only have students serving on the praise team. Our young people will serve in just about every area of the church this Sunday morning. Grayden and Cohen serve today in the tech booth. Leia will bring our announcements. Paityn will sing a special song. Anna and Sicily will play a flute duet for our offertory. Violet will read our Scripture.
Isn't that just terrific? We should fill the church Sunday morning to cheer them all on!
Tomorrow Morning - Canoeing at 10am!
we will all gather down at the Mohican Adventures Canoe Livery and Fun Center located at 3045 OH-3, Loudonville. Here is the Google Maps Link:
The cost will be $20 per person, unless you are under 10 years old - then it is free. The canoe adventure is 7 miles long and takes about 2 hours to complete. We'll find a place to enjoy lunch together afterwards. Doesn't this sound like fun? This event was voted by you as the best summer option. Don't miss it!
One last word about the canoeing adventure tomorrow morning. Don't be late! Arrive at the canoe livery before 10am. We will pay with the church credit card at one time for the entire group so we can get the $20 per person group rate. You can bring your cash or your checks made out to Church Requel to reimburse the church. But if you arrive after 10am, you'll have to pay the canoe livery directly for the full price of $28.
Sunday Morning Sermon - The title for Sunday's sermon is "The Way of Christian Sharing.'' We consider Acts 4:32-37 and discover that all the Christians had all things in common. So does this mean we should share everything we have with everybody? We look closely at the basis for Christian sharing and how it worked. Along the way we also discover how we should share with one another.
Want a head start? Here are the sermon notes that you can view in your browser. You can also see them in your Bible App under Events.
If you read this far thanks a bunch! I love our church. Did you know that there are many others who follow us online every Sunday morning? The picture to the left is of Diane who watches pretty faithfully every week. She's been following us for the last year or so. Recently her family moved to Indiana. While they searched for a new church home, she and her husband Steve, have been watching the church services here online. Diane even purchased a Church Requel T-shirt and sent us a photo!
Another couple - Cheryl and Jack Buckley watch our worship service just about every Sunday morning together. They live in Virginia.
Finally, I learned this week that a small house church meets regularly in England. They use our sermon videos and sermon notes for their Bible study together. Keep the faith! You just never know how God will multiply your efforts for the Kingdom!
Love you all much! Pastor Mark