This week's sermon:

"Measuring What Matters: Faith"

Mark 4:26-32

Taylor Condre preaching


The Parable of the Mustard Seed is familiar to many of us. Stories of faith growing surround us. However, with these two parables, Jesus asks us to consider how our faith connects to the Kindom of God. There is more to the story than just our personal faith growing strong.

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


Volunteer training and orientation

This Sunday, September 12 at 4:00 pm
in the sanctuary and on Zoom


Our partners at Refugee Services of Texas are preparing to resettle 324 Afghan refugees over the next few months. Their staff believes they will start receiving several families every week, which means they will need lots of help from local faith communities and volunteers.

To prepare to help with this effort, our church will be hosting an RST Volunteer Orientation & Training this Sunday, September 12 at 4:00 pm. The orientation will take place in the sanctuary and on Zoom, and will be livestreamed to Facebook. This training will help you understand the process of welcoming refugees, from picking a family up at the airport to stocking a pantry/refrigerator to furnishing an apartment to providing mentorship or legal assistance. (Click here for the full list.

Once you are officially trained, you will be able to sign up for future volunteer opportunities through RST and help make a difference. Feel free to invite a friend to participate, and we hope to see you on Sunday!

To join the training via Zoom, use this info:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87689752430?pwd=MFBSYzQwMHVLdVh4QlpOYVM5ZHE1dz09

Meeting ID: 876 8975 2430
Passcode: refugees

 


Occasional office volunteers needed

Rev. Allison Lanza is away for sabbatical until November 9, and there will be weekdays when congregational help is needed at church while Russ and/or Taylor are out of the office.

 Would you be available to help in the church office by answering the door and the phone for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon? If so, please contact Justin McDonald at scottishjmack@gmail.com or 817-501-4971 and let him know which day(s) of the week and timeframe you're typically available. Once Justin compiles a list of volunteer availability, the staff will use it to reach out and coordinate when the need for office coverage arises.

Whether you're available to volunteer one time or every week, your help is appreciated!
 

Stewardship Moment #1

This past Sunday we kicked off our annual stewardship campaign, and our first stewardship moment came from our partners at the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Watch the video below to hear how your generosity is transforming lives!

 
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:

This Sunday, September 12, Youth Group will meet from 3:30-5:30 pm. We will be attending the RST Volunteer Training & Orientation.

 



On September 8 our congregation began a book study of "Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation" in partnership with our friends at Community Christian Church and South Hills Christian Church. The study meets on Zoom every other Wednesday at 7:00 pm, and if you missed the first meeting you are welcome to jump in for our next gathering on September 22. The study provides a great opportunity to grow as we learn from each other's perspectives, and share honestly about how we as Christians can build bridges toward racial reconciliation. You can buy the book yourself as a paperback or e-book, or the church has several copies available in the foyer on Sunday mornings for $10. 

Next gathering we will be discussing Part 1: The Bridge to Lament (chapters 2 and 3). For this study we are utilizing breakout rooms for smaller discussion groups, and a podcast by the clergy of the three churches will arrive before the next meeting. Be sure to subscribe to "New Church for a New Day" on Apple Podcasts or listen to each episode on the Spreaker website.

Save the information below to join the 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 Epistle of James.  All are welcome!

The class is currently taking a two-week break, but will resume on September 28.

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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