A Most Interesting July

From Pastor Chuck:

There are several unusual happenings at Luminary in July, so I figured I would put on my old reporter’s hat and give you a rundown of what’s coming.

First, we will have a special music-oriented worship service on July 2 called “Celebrating Freedom.” We will have just one worship service that day, at 11 a.m. As Christians, we will celebrate much more than just the upcoming July 4 Independence Day. In our worship, we will celebrate the great freedom God has given us through the work of Jesus Christ.

The next Sunday, July 9, we will have a guest preacher, The Rev. Greg Davis, at both our 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. Greg is a close friend of mine. He first became a lay speaker more than a decade ago while I was at Fairview United Methodist Church in Jonesborough, Tenn., and he quickly became a licensed pastor. He currently shepherds a two-point charge near my old hometown.

On Sunday, July 16, we will baptize Rachel Richards. (Her husband, Sean, will also be joining Luminary.) Rachel wishes to be immersed. As they are regulars in our 8 a.m. worship, we will begin the baptism liturgy there, but move to the Richards’ house after the 11 a.m. service has ended. Rachel will be baptized in the lake behind their house in the Indian Shadows area. More information about this wonderful day is coming.

On July 23, I will lead another version of our Luminary 101 class, this time in the Wesleyan Sunday school classroom, which is next to the choir room. The Wesleyan class members will be participating, but anyone else wanting to join them at 9:30 a.m. is very welcome. The class is designed for visitors and new members, with the goal that everyone will leave with a deeper understanding of core Christian doctrine and the basics of what it means to be a Methodist. We close by learning what spiritual gifts we have and how we can use them in service to Christ’s kingdom.

It is my prayer that July will be not only a blessing for us, but also for people who are not yet among us. It’s a great time to invite people who need to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!