The Kingdom of God: The Word

Dear Church Family and Friends, Please be in prayer for Josh and Juleigh Steppe. On Monday a large tree fell in their yard crushing both of their cars. Praise God that Josh and Juleigh are fine but it looks as though both cars are totaled! Matt Anderson has been in direct contact with Josh and I will be checking in later today to see if their landlord has been able to clear the tree. We thank God that no one was injured! Stay tuned! On Sunday, Matt or I should be able to give an update on the situation. This Sunday (June 17th) is Father’s Day! We plan to honor our fathers and gather around each to bless and pray for them. God is Father. This is how He has chosen to reveal Himself in relationship to us! His love for us is bold, and strong. He is direct with us and passionately sacrificial. On Sunday, we want to pray that the heart of the God the Father will be manifest in the heart of each father in our church family. On Sunday July 1st we are going to have our annual “Church in the Park” at Mint Springs Park followed by a picnic lunch and recreation. (Mint Spring park is located at: 6659 Mint Springs Park Road, Crozet, VA 22932.) We were able to reserve the main shelter down near the water! YAY!! We will plan to have our worship service “unplugged” (acoustic style) starting at 10am. Then we will have our picnic lunch followed by games like cornhole, volleyball and of course swimming and fishing in the lake. The shelter that we have reserved is very comfortable but we need chairs! Please bring folding chairs to sit in as well as food to share with others! This annual “Church in the Park” event is a wonderful opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to meet your church family. Feel free to use the cards in the foyer to invite guests to this event! We have decided not to have our Family meeting at the July 1st “church in the park” event. We want to make this event “guest friendly!” We will postpone our family meeting until Sunday July 22nd after the service. On July 22nd at our family meeting we will celebrate the six month anniversary of our focus to becoming a presence-based community. Between now and then we want to do some self-evaluation. We will be conducting another survey in order to receive feedback and input for going forward. Please contact me directly if you have any helpful suggestions between now and then! Our Cell Leaders meeting went well last night. It looks like we will be starting (or restarting) 5 or 6 home groups this fall. If you are interested in hosting a small group in your home there is still time to sign up for our “Church in the House” equipping weekend. Our “Church in the House” equipping weekend will occur on Saturday, August 4th, 9:30am – 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided on site. This four session course will include very practical teaching in how to host a life-changing small group in your home. Anyone interested in hosting a group is welcome to come. Please RSVP to this email so that I know how many packets to make! See you Sunday! Pastor Jon Quesenberry