E-news for April 25 – May 1, 2021

COME TOGETHER SERMON SERIES!

This is Week 3 of our “Come Together” sermon series about pursuing unity as the Body of Christ. In Colossians, Paul instructs us to put on the new self, to bear with one another, and to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. What does this look like? What does it not look like? How do walk in the Spirit while living in the flesh?

NOTES FROM PASTOR SHAUN…

Starting in May, the church office will be open Tuesday through Friday rather than Monday through Thursday. The hours will remain the same: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please also note that all newsletter submissions will be due by Noon on Thursdays.

DIGGING DEEPER

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Last Sunday, Pastor Shaun preached from Ephesians 4:1-6. He spoke about the importance of ________ unity as the Body of Christ. While disunity holds us down and stifles our growth, unity enables us to function at optimal capacity. We are instructed to strive together for this unity. In so doing, we energize and build up the Body and ______ outsiders by the genuineness of our love. Pastor Shaun said that every person who receives an organ transplant recognizes the rare gift they are receiving and adjusts their lifestyle _________ in order to take full advantage of the gift and not waste it. Likewise, it’s important to remember that we have been given new life in Christ, and we need to maintain that new life! We do this by not going back to the way we were! We do this by laying down and putting aside our differences and our animosity. We do this by being patient and ________ with one another in love. We do this by being completely humble and gentle. It’s about realizing that all that we _____ and are is only by the grace of God, and that if God didn’t do all He did, we would still be seeking after fleshly desires and pursuits. It’s about persevering in love regardless of whether we agree or disagree about things! It’s about ______ God the glory for whatever gifts He has given each one of us, realizing those gifts are not for our own personal benefit but for the furthering of God’s Kingdom.

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…

One teacher’s words of wisdom:

  • Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.
  • As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.

PRAISES/PRAYER REQUESTS

1. Praise for the spring rains! Jeremiah 14:22, “Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? We set our hope on you, O Lord, for you alone do these things.”

2. Pray for our nation’s leaders—to seek God’s wisdom and direction for the many decisions they face.

3. Pray for comfort and healing for all those among us who are ill.

                      SERMON SCHEDULE

                                                        April 25: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Colossians 3:5-17

                                                        May 2:   Rev. Shaun Higgins, Acts 9:31; Revelation 7:9

                                                        May 9:   Rev. Shaun Higgins, Esther 7:1-10

                                                         May 16: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 12:3-8

CHURCH & OFFICE INFORMATION

  • The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Office phone number: 206-878-4861 // Office email: office@midwaycovenant.org                     
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (or online at live.midcov.org)
  • Women’s Discipleship Lunch Group: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
  • Men’s Bible Study Breakfast Group: Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. at Tuscany’s in Des Moines
  • The Clothing Bank is closed.