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Sunday, May 26, 2019
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education for Children, Youth & Adults: 9:30am

Rev. Mark HarmonScripture: Matthew16:13-20, Revelation 21:10, 22:1-5

One of my favorite shows on television is Barnwood Builders. The show documents the work of six very talented guys from West Virginia who salvage and repurpose log structures. It’s amazing how they carefully dismantle these old structures, move them to a new location and then reconstruct them. Often they are not only reconstructing, but reconfiguring the log structures in ways that transform an old, useless building into something new and useful. The last episode that I watched involved reconfiguring an old, log tobacco barn into a two-story fishing cabin on an island in a river. While they love and respect what the original builders of these log structures did, they realize that these structures cannot survive if they aren’t transformed into something that meets the needs of people in our time.

I recently read a book that makes an effective case for doing something like this with the Church. What we have is an old structure that doesn’t seem to meet the needs of our modern world. Because of that, it’s showing signs of neglect and is at risk of being abandoned. What’s needed is not an attempt to prop up the old structure, but a reconfiguration and reconstruction that can better serve the needs of people today. Like those log structures the Barnwood Builders save, we can do this with love and respect for what was built by our ancestors and honor that by using the bones of what we have inherited to build something that will carry their legacy into the future.

This Sunday we’ll be considering what it might mean to reconstruct the Church. If you’re in town for the holiday, I hope to see you there!

In Peace,
Rev. Mark Harmon, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministry

Also this Sunday:
• Education Hour: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults (Adult programming info on the ADULT Education page)

Upcoming Events:
vbs 2019• BAPTISMS & CONFIRMATIONS + PICNIC ON THE PLAZA - June 9: info & sign-up HERE!
• VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - June 10-14: To Mars and Beyond! Online registration HERE.
• GENERAL ASSEMBLY - July 20-24: MAKE PLANS NOW! Disciples will gather in Des Moines IA, info HERE

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Caregivers' Support Group: 3pm; 1st Sunday of the the month @ Saint Andrew & 3rd Sunday @ VITAS
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the MISSION & OUTREACH page for more information.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology): Opportunities & events on the SAGE Page.
• Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Friends Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm
-on hiatus until August


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