“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7
We’ve been quoting a LOT from Hebrews as a church while we traverse the text on the tabernacle in Exodus 25 – 40. As I was preparing for our Deacon Installations this Sunday, however, THIS verse from Hebrews came to mind. While it doesn’t connect to the tabernacle, it ties in with every time we recognize those who have stepped in to help lead our Christian leaders at Refuge and elsewhere.
Pat Brockman and Theresa Tedrow have recently finished a tour of duty as deacons at our church and are taking a much-needed break from that (although we know they still participate with us in many ways). Debbie Willis just celebrated her retirement from her job (as well as her treasurer role at the church) although she has helped relaunch our Children’s Ministry and hasn’t stopped serving by any means. In that transition, Steve Gonzales and Cesar Torres will be joining the deacon team for the next season this Sunday and we’ll ordain and install them… I hope you can make it! We’ll also be participating in COMMUNION together this Sunday as well.
Part of imitating that leader is that very heart for service in the role or the duties they provide. Sometimes imitating someone’s faith has a very practical outworking and application. As things change this year it will be important that we all look for ways we can imitate the faith of our inspirational Christian siblings not just in a spiritual way, but the tangible way that faith’s rubber meets the road. And many do… that’s why we invited all those who have volunteered regularly and faithfully last year to a special volunteer luncheon after service this Sunday.
CHANGE is in the air… not just at Refuge, but many churches… and businesses, and communities, etc. The way we do things and even who is there won’t be the same: this last year has been jarring but also thought provoking: some are moving, changing careers, states, and with that even churches. Refuge is no exception, but we hope those who are truly with us will commit to the next stretch as diligently as the deacons we deputize this weekend at our services. And we look forward to the NEW faces who will wander into our midst in this season of change looking for the gospel, Christian community, and growth in Christ! May we be ready, hospitable, and excited for what God has next for us.
Grace and peace,
– Pastor James
THIS SUNDAY – SPECIAL MESSAGE – The Problem w/Pride
– 9:30am On-site Prayer in Sanctuary
– 10am On site service (NOTE: Children’s Ministry is offered)
– 10am Virtual service can be accessed through our YouTube Page: youtube.com/c/RefugeChurch
BEYOND SUNDAY SERVICE:
Refuge Youth: 1st & 3rd Sundays
11:30am-12:30pm Fellowship Hall
Email Ben: email@example.com
Young Adults: Sundays 6:45pm
Contact Alex: http://m.me/alex.dietrich.338 via FB Msgr for details
Men’s Breakfast (virtual): 7-8:15am Via Zoom
Email James: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Bible Study – GENESIS (virtual) 6:30- 8:30pm Via Zoom
Email Bev: email@example.com
Men’s Happy Hour (ZOOM this week): 5:30-6:45pm
Email James for link/info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heartbeat REFIT Tuesday/Thursday – email email@example.com
Gung Fu (Martial Arts) Classes midweek as well – email firstname.lastname@example.org