SEPTEMBER SERMON SERIES
“Road Trip Through the Neighborhood”
Sundays, September 2 – September 30, 2018
In September we will take a road trip through the neighborhood of some of our core beliefs as a beloved community of followers of Jesus at Emmanuel UMC. A few core beliefs we will explore include:
-We believe that we don’t have all the answers and that disagreements and discussions are healthy. We believe that Christian community is Christian not because it’s like-minded on every issue but because it is rooted in Jesus, who is a lot more interesting than religion has made him seem.
-We believe that the goal of church is not to make people more religious but to help people fall more in love with God, and therefore become more fully human.
-We believe that we are called to reach out to our neighbors both locally and globally and serve them in ways that make a difference.
-We believe that spiritual practices like prayer, reading the Bible, participating in small groups, fasting, and tithing are vital to our faith.
Sunday, October 7th – “Draw the Circle Wide” – World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 14th – “Lessons from Creatures” – Blessing of the Animals at 10:45 AM
Sunday, October 21st – “Making Stone Soup: Be the Start of Something Good” – Church is like that pot of stone soup: We all add our gifts into the pot and together we become something new and delicious! What goes in to making us the community we are? Are there any ingredients that aren’t currently in the potthat we’d like to try?
Sunday, October 28th – Guest preacher John Fea, Author of Believe Me – John Fea is a professor of American history at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. His previous books include Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction, and he blogs regularly at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. John Fea is the author of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, which is the book Rev. Stephanie’s morning and evening groups are discussing. He will hold a Q & A session after the 10:45 AM service on October 28.