This Sunday, June 13th at 9:30am, we will continue our series Fasten Your Seatbelts, where we are focusing our attention on the book of Acts and the beginning of this movement called "Church". Through our time in the book of Acts, we've discovered that the early was not a place you went to. The church wasn't a building or an institution. The church was started as a movement among early believers who had committed themselves to the teaching of the Apostles, fellowship, meals (including the Lord's Supper) and prayer. It was a movement of people centered around the message of Jesus and His resurrection. If I had to choose one word to describe the church in the book of Acts, it would be the word "Sent". Every single believer in the early church knew that their purpose was to communicate the message of Jesus to everyone they came in contact with.
The question we have been asking throughout this series is this: "What would it look like if Parkside Fellowship looked more like the church in Acts?" What would it look like if each of us, as individuals, answered the call of Jesus in Acts 1:8: "And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere--in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." And, "What does it look like to live a "Sent" life?" I understand that being "sent" and sharing about Jesus can be scary. What would you say if you someone suddenly came up to you and started peppering you with questions about Jesus, the Bible and your faith? How would you handle yourself?
On Sunday at 9:30am, Mary Jo Sharp is going take us through Paul's encounter with unbelievers in Acts 17. Through this story, Paul is going to provide us with some insights and patterns for how to conduct ourselves when we face questions about our faith in Jesus. Hopefully through Paul's experience, you will gain confidence when engaging others with the gospel message.
Also, Plan now to join Pastor Roger and others in my office at 8:45am for a brief time of prayer before our worship gathering.
As a reminder, individuals attending church services at Parkside Fellowship, who are fully vaccinated, will not be required to wear a mask or social distance from others who are fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, a person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 14 days after a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccine.
We ask those who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask and social distance for your own health and the health of those around you. In addition, anyone who does not yet feel comfortable attending church services without a mask is encouraged to continue wearing a mask or face covering.
Note: Our Sunday service continues to meet at 9:30am, with two options for participating.
1. Attend our live "in-person" gathering. No reservations are required and we will continue to follow all necessary COVID guidelines. Please wear a mask so we can keep everyone safe and healthy!
2. We value our online church community and will continue to livestream our church service at 9:30am for those who wish to participate.
This week, we continue our brand-new discipleship class led by Trudy Reusser. Trudy is leading a discussion based on the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation unveils the glory of Jesus Christ. Written by the Apostle John, Revelation is a reminder to remain faithful and trust God, even when things around us don't make sense.
See class details below:
Discipleship Study: Revelation (The Christian's Ultimate Victory)
Facilitator: Trudy Reusser
10:45am to 11:45am
In-person and on zoom
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84125779768
Finally, continue to pray for those in our church family.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor