I pray this note finds you basking in the love of our Heavenly Father, celebrating the resurrection of the Son, and keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. This month we dive into the Gospel of Mark with Pastor Tim and Pastor Bart in the hopes of setting our “Faith on Fire” in a way that revitalizes our lives, our homes, and our communities. Please take a moment to check out this exciting series, as well as some important news regarding a special congregational meeting this Sunday, May 1st!
In Christ’s Love,
Faith on Fire! For some of us, our faith is already a blazing fire, and this series is meant to help feed and maintain that fire, as well as equip us to spread that fire to others. On the other hand, some of us may be struggling right now. Maybe our faith has quieted into a lukewarm simmer; maybe it has been snuffed out by the pain of suffering and pressure and stress; or maybe some of us have unknowingly settled for the electric blaze of a fake fire... a synthetic faith that offers us no peace, no joy, and no strength in our times of need. As we read through Mark together this month, we pray the Holy Spirit moves through our church, reigniting our passion for Christ. After all, Jesus isn't just Good News... He is the Best News Ever!
May 1 Is your Faith Authentic or Synthetic? Mark 1, 2 & 4
May 8 Is your heart God-Ruled or Man-Ruled? Mark 6:1-15 & 7: 1-23
May 15 What are you sacrificing for the world or your soul? Mark 8:31-9:1
May 22 Are you Living with Sin or Wrestling with it? Mark 9: 42-50, 10:1-12 & 14:66-72
May 29 Do you need your vision checked? Mark 10: 17-31, 35-45 & 13
Special Meeting This coming Sunday afternoon, May 1st, we will hold a special congregational meeting at 1:30 PM at the Watseka campus. All members from all campuses are encouraged to attend, as we have some important items to take care of. We will be asking for a vote on the name change that was mentioned at our last congregational meeting (Trinity Evangelical Free Church, Inc.-legally-still known as Trinity Church!), as well as the transfer of property related to that name change. It's a legal requirement related to serving the Lord in multiple campuses in multiple states. We will also be asking for a vote on approving the mortgage details on the building for our Ashkum campus. We praise the Lord for His provision and your generosity as we Invest in the Vision of Transformed Lives and Communities! One last vote needed Sunday will be to approve use of operating funds to have the parking lot at our Watseka campus repaired and sealed. We appreciate your prayers and look forward to gathering!
I mentioned on Sunday that I’ll be transferring my original ordination (from back in 2004) to our Evangelical Free denomination. That involves writing a 40-page paper on the basics of our faith. I’m excited to do so and ask your prayers as that will be the framework for our summer series. By the way, Trinity leadership is planning a summer of epic proportions, with exciting ways to build our faith and friendships! More on that coming soon. I can’t wait!
Your friend, brother and fellow servant to the King of Kings,