The Bulletin for 

  • Sunday, July 5th, can be found HERE
  • Sunday, July 12th, can be found HERE
  • Sunday, July 19th, can be found HERE
  • Sunday, July 26th, can be found HERE

 

COMMUNION IN JULY

 

Information about Communion on June 6th and 7th can be found HERE

 

READING IMMERSE AS A CHURCH

 

Information about the IMMERSE can be found HERE  (Follow the links on the right of the page to see all the details.)

 

As announced in last week’s email, I am encouraging all of us to continue to dwell in God’s Word, both by participating in the radio and internet streaming services and in our own study and devotion time.  As part of that, I’d like to challenge everyone to read the New Testament as a church. We will begin the week of July 12th, and finish by the beginning of the Advent Season. We’ll do this by reading the Immerse Bible – a Bible with an easy-to-understand translation, which has been formatted to remove everything that might distract us from God’s Word. Instead it is a clean, simple interface, with the text formatted to look like the books we read in our everyday life.

 

As I often have said, in reading Scripture, context is king. Reading the Immerse Bible lets us read God’s Word in context, seeing how the story develops, and  – frankly – allowing us to struggle with the passages that are difficult to understand.

 

We read through this volume before, a few years ago. At that time we took 8 weeks to finish, and read about 60 pages a week. All of us agreed that, while worth it, it was difficult to keep up. This time we’ll take 16 weeks, reading only 30 pages a week, and giving us more time to contemplate our reading.  The schedule for this can be found HERE:

 

For those who prefer to listen to an audio reading of Scripture, you can listen for free on this page HERE.

 

Please, do sign up for Immerse HERE. If you need a copy of the book, indicate that when you sign up and I will get copies for you.

 

Pandemics and Protests

 

In the meantime, I ask that you continue to join with me in prayer for the end of the Pandemic. The Wharton County Office of Emergency Management has been very good at publishing a near-daily update of current Corona Virus numbers for the County. You can see their posts HERE:

 

I continue to update my own spreadsheet each day with current known cases and tests for the virus performed in Wharton County. The spreadsheet then averages each figure over 7 days (to spread out any one-day bumps) and calculates a percentage of positive cases over the number of tests performed. One of the big Gating Criteria set by the Federal Government is to have a “downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period”. Another is that we want a “downward trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period.”   This spreadsheet helps me track that.   

 

You can see my spreadsheet HERE.   

 

Protests also continue in various cities after the death of George Floyd. The Sunday after Mr. Floyd’s death, I read a letter from our District President on how we as a church are called to confront racism ourselves.  I’ve taken time these past few weeks to talk to and listen to several people about their own impressions and understanding of what is going on.  I would like to begin to address some of these issues in future emails.  I do so hesitantly, as I am aware I am not an expert on what systemic racism is and how it affects us all.  However I do want to share with all of you some of the perspectives that have been shared with me. I ask for your patience and understanding, as this is a learning curve for me as well. I will also welcome your feedback, corrections, and perspectives where I err.

 

I remain your servant in Christ,

Pastor R.W. Lutjens