This week's sermon:

"When to Stop and Write on the Ground"

John 8:1-11

Rev. Russ Boyd preaching


This Sunday marks week four of our 5-week sermon series entitled "Inclusion: Making Room for Grace" based loosely on a book of the same name by Eric H.F. Law. In this week's scripture, Jesus is confronted by a group who bring before him a woman they say has been caught in adultery. When asked if they should stone the woman as the law of Moses prescribes, Jesus didn't answer immediately - he bent down and began writing on the ground with his finger. What was Jesus doing? And what can it teach us about inclusion? Find out this week in worship!

Click here for a preview of this Sunday's worship bulletin
 


Volunteer with the INA Food Pantry

This Tuesday, October 26 at 9:00 am
7616 Benbrook Parkway

Our partners at International Newcomer Academy have a food pantry located at 7616 Benbrook Parkway, and will need volunteers to help sort the food the Tarrant Area Food Bank will deliver. After a delay last week, volunteers will now meet this Tuesday at 9:00 am to help with the project.

INA will also need volunteers on upcoming Thursdays to put together food bags to send home with students every Friday. A meeting time and location has not been determined yet, so watch for more details soon!
 


Broom handle collection
(Mop/rake handles, closet rods also welcome!)

Gerald Marcell is continuing to help Mary Louise Phillips Elementary School with some woodworking projects (similar to the tote boxes he provided for Vacation Bible School). He is in need of wooden dowels for the handles, like old broom or mop handles or even wooden closet rods that are not being used. If you have some of these items, you can either bring them to church or give Gerald a call at 832-364-9896 and he will arrange to pick them up from you. And thanks in advance from Gerald and MLP Elementary.
 


New walkway in the courtyard

If you've been to the church lately, you may have noticed there's a new walkway in the courtyard! This paved path allows for a more direct route from the archway to the choir room, the Open Door classroom, and the nursery. It's part of a larger project that includes a new drainage system that will prevent water from accumulating in the corner and flooding the hallway during storms. The project was funded with Royer memorial funds and the Phase 3 Future Building reserve. Special thanks to Don Lanza and the Property Committee for working with our contractor to make this a reality as we rebuild and improve the church facilities!
 

After hitting "pause" in March 2020 due to COVID, our weekly Tai Chi group has resumed meeting! The group meets every Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Worship & Wonder room for a seated Tai Chi session designed for senior adults. The side porch door provides a nearby entrance with a ramp for accessibility. If you would like to add some guided movement to your week, consider joining our Tai Chi group! No experience necessary, and the group collects donations to help offset the facility usage cost.
 
Throughout the pandemic our mission as a church has been to love God and love our neighbors in ways that keep each other safe. This has led us to learn how to be the church and worship in ways that we would have never imagined two years ago. We have learned that God is everywhere, and that nothing can stop us from sharing God's love!

 Our Leadership Team met in late July to discuss updates to our current policies and precautions due to rising COVID numbers in our community. The group determined that while our current precautions are still appropriate, we should encourage people to carefully consider if participating in worship, classes, and meetings via our online options is a better choice - particularly for those who share a home or have regular close contact with individuals who are not vaccinated. To help everyone think through their options for participating in church life, we have put together a consolidated list of our current policies and precautions, as well as our online opportunities for participation.


Click here to read a summary of our current COVID precautions and online options
 
 
From Taylor Condre, Ministry Intern:

Youth Group meets this Sunday from 3:30-5:30 pm. Wear a costume! We will unpack boxes from the storage pods to decorate the youth room together and play some games.

I look forward to seeing all the costumes and having some fun!

 

Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

So far over 30 people have been participating in a book study with our friends from Community Christian Church and South Hills Christian Church! Every other Wednesday we gather on Zoom and then split into breakout groups of 5-6 participants to discuss a chapter of the book Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 pm, and the pastors of the three churches discuss the reading for the week and share it as a podcast by the Monday before the meeting. If you'd like to jump in and join the conversation, use the link below to log into the next Zoom meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81658261772?pwd=N2wyM1hzdHM0YWI3SnpNZXl4MjZ3Zz09
 
Meeting ID: 816 5826 1772
Passcode: bridge


 
The Disciples Sunday School Class is continuing their study of the book of Hebrews. All are welcome!

Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84724873091?pwd=dVZKTDB0azkrQjEyTjM4R29ZSlVkdz09

Meeting ID: 847 2487 3091
Password: disciples
The Open Door Sunday School Class is studying Bible passages related to the theme "Celebrating God" every Sunday morning at 10:00 am. All are welcome!

If you would like to join the class online via Zoom, please call the church at 817-738-0612 and let us know any time before 9:30 am on Sunday morning so that we can set up the Zoom meeting.

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88956846059?pwd=WXducitUV01JY1g4YlpRbG9wWlhuUT09

Meeting ID: 889 5684 6059
Passcode: opendoor
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