Imagine that you have a structure in place, a way of doing things that brings order and predictability to a busy family life. Imagine that school, work, and childcare are all figured out in a way that helps everyone navigate their emotional, social, and psychological needs.
In Family Sunday School this week, we’re talking about resilience, and dandelions growing up through pavement, or in my case, irises growing around the base of my deck. We’re also talking about our obligation to teach our young people that they, too, can grow, regardless — and that they are tougher than they look, as well.
My Name is Chris Vardy, I am a Sophomore at Texas Tech University (Wreck Em’) majoring in Agriculture Communications. Now I know what you’re thinking, I do not know how to talk to cows. That’s next semester. I am very excited to introduce myself to y’all as the new intern for the Youth Ministries.
In this time in our world, there are many, many “thorns”— those things which torment. It is so easy to see the thorns and miss seeing the Grace. It’s so easy to see the pain around us and hear the crying prayers and miss God’s answer: “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.”
I am excited to announce that starting on Memorial Day at 9:30 am, we will begin a new group meeting called: “Practicing Prayerful Presence.” Among other things, it will be a follow-up from Dr. Tim Bruster’s sermon series “A Healthy Spirituality for Our Time,” and is open to all.
This Sunday, Linda and I continue our conversations with our new series, “Disruptions: Parables and Pandemics.” Parables are meant to awaken us, to open us up to new ways of seeing something, of relating to the world, to God, or to ourselves. What inspires you to think differently? Come to eleven:eleven and explore these ideas with us!
Sometimes the work we did so happily before — creating content, leading groups, writing lessons, and then offering it in person to watch people engage with it — now feels like effort tossed out onto the ocean of the internet with little way to know if any of it made any difference. And then came this.
Because of your discipleship, First Church remains financially strong, even with empty pews on Sunday mornings. I witness God’s love in action on a daily basis as disciples in our First Church faith community come together primarily through technology to share your individual gifts of time, talents, and treasure!