Small Churches and Kevin Smalls

Dear Friends,

I want to lift up two important things happening in the life of our church this week:

Introducing Small Church: Sundays at Sundown

Throughout history, the Christian church has always found ways to gather. Whether it was in homes or around campfires, in hotel conference rooms, or in packed sports arenas. In good times and bad, during times of peace and war, underground or out in the open, the Body of Christ has always come together.

Gathering – it is what the church does.

So how do we gather in the midst of a global pandemic when social distancing is necessary?

In small, safe ways.

This past month we have started some small, safe ways to come together for fellowship and prayer. These gatherings filled up quickly, with many asking if there would be more to follow.

That is why I am excited to announce that we will continue and expand our Small Church gatherings in September. Beginning Sunday, September 13, we will gather at 6:00 pm. This will be a time for a quiet evening service of prayer, music, and reflection – a meaningful way to begin the week.

Participation for these events will be expanded to 50 people. An email will go out on Monday with all the dates, details, and sign-up options. You can also call Danielle Moody at (248) 541-4100 x1315 if you need help reserving your spot.

Remember: in-person gatherings will only be possible if everyone commits to the safety and social distancing guidelines that will be clearly laid out. Together we keep each other safe.

If this feels right for you, know that we would love to see you. If this is not the right way for you to connect right now, please know we understand, and we look forward to “seeing” you for online church and other virtual ways to stay connected.

However we gather, it is always a blessing to be connected to God and one another.

Gathering – it is what the church does!

Welcoming Reverend Kevin Smalls

I am so excited that Reverend Kevin Smalls will be our preacher this week. Kevin is the senior pastor of Hope United Methodist in Southfield, Michigan, one of our area’s largest and most influential United Methodist congregations. Kevin is a native of Washington DC and was recruited to come to Michigan because of his reputation in the national church as a preacher, leader, and thinker.
Most importantly, I can tell you that Kevin Smalls is a good friend with a great heart. When I took a leave of absence earlier this year, Kevin was quick to reach out and offer his support and prayer. Through many honest and heartfelt conversations, my friend helped me see the ways I might use the time in my life for a deeper and more fruitful future. Kevin became your pastor’s pastor. I am beyond grateful for his friendship, and so it is a great joy to invite him to bring a word to us this weekend.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jeff

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