October Newsletter Article

Hopefully by now, if you live in Northern Door, you’ve received an invitation to our sermon series for October and November. I’m using Timothy Keller’s “The Reason for God” as my inspiration and we’re going to try to answer various questions that people have about Christianity. In addition to the sermon series some smaller group opportunities will be available on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings. These opportunities will give us the chance to talk about various topics by using a short video as a guide:

“Christians will be challenged to wrestle with their friends and neighbors’ hardest questions, and to engage those questions in ways that will spark an honest, enriching, and humbling dialogue. Capture a live and unscripted conversation between Timothy Keller and the six panelists discussing their objections to Christianity. This study will help small groups and individuals dig deeper into the objections of the Christian faith and to learn about both sides of the issues.”

The Sunday evening sessions will be held at church. Dave and Gretta Shepherd have graciously opened up their home on Monday nights, and Keith and Vivian Nienow have done the same for Tuesday. There is a sign-up sheet at the welcome desk for the studies. Even though you don’t necessarily have to sign up for Sunday nights, I would appreciate having a general idea of how many to expect!

Tuesday afternoons this fall ladies have a special opportunity for “Tea and Conversation” at Tea Thyme in Country Walk Shops. Stop in at 2 p.m. for fellowship and a time of guided conversation that is focused on a scripture verse. Valerie Billington, Karen Sundstrom, Pam Olsen, and Monica Koepsell will be leading the table discussions.

In September I had the opportunity to lead Sunday worship at Scandia Village. It was wonderful getting a chance to see several members of our congregation on a weekly basis again! Thank you Winnie Jackson for playing the piano, and a special thank you to those on the Compassion Team and others who do regular visits at the facility. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated!

Valerie and I will be away October 8th, and Rev. Ken Muck will be filling the pulpit that morning. Please give him a wonderful welcome!

September Newsletter Article

We live in an age of skepticism.  The society around us not only doesn’t understand Christianity, but is often antagonistic toward it.  Many believe that the Bible is filled with errors.  Some are offended because of the exclusive nature of Christianity.  Others are angry and confused by what they see as the moral requirements of Christianity.  Most wonder why the church and Christians seem to be such hypocrites.  A significant number are convinced that all paths lead to God, and wonder how anyone could believe in a God that wouldn’t let everyone into heaven.

For six weeks this fall we’ll try to engage our community with a series called “The Reason for God.”  We hope to have some promotional materials available soon!  In addition to the sermon series we’ll also have some additional weekly sessions that you can attend.  During these studies we’ll have an opportunity to watch a DVD with Timothy Keller engaging non-believers on a given topic, and then we’ll discuss it as a group.  These discussions are geared toward helping believers to better engage the culture around them.  The weekly sermons and sessions will be:

October 15      “Why should I believe the Bible?”

October 22      “Can’t all religions be right?”

October 29      “Why are there so many rules?”

November 5    “If God is good, why is there evil?”

November 12  “Why Are Christians hypocrites?”

November 19  “Shouldn’t everyone go to heaven?”

I hope that you are excited about the series!  Also, if anyone out there would like to host one of the small groups, please let me know.