Well, we are up and running, friends!
I apologize for the tardiness in updating our news blog! I promise to be a more faithful correspondant in the future!
FIRST, some news of note:
We now have an official church telephone number: 704-526-5119
If you would, please use this number for all church business.
Also, we have an official mailing address: Renovatus Church
P.O. Box 5349
Charlotte, NC 28299
For the time being, this is still the best location for news and updates.
Our first three meetings have been thrilling. The energy and warmth have been beyond what Jonathan and I could have ever hoped for. Thanks to all of you who have helped with worship, nursery, greeting, ushering, and all of the logistical details of making a church meeting happen.
If you have any interest in volunteering in ministries of children, greeting, ushering, or helps, or if you would simply like to be on our contact list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Include your first and last name, email address, and a phone number where you can be reached.
We will soon be compiling our official church charter list of new members. If you would like your name to be included on that list, meaning that you intend to transfer your membership from another church to Renovatus or simply want to be a member, please contact me, Amanda Martin, at email@example.com. Include in the email the first and last names of all family members you would like to be included on the list along with the age of each family member. Call or email for more information about this process. NOTE: Whether you have or have not contributed financially, you must specifically indicate whether or not you want your name to be included on the charter membership list.
Our first Tuesday Bible study was an introduction to the book of Matthew, specifically focusing on what makes Matthew different from the other gospel accounts. Jonathan spent time with the geneology of Jesus, emphasizing Matthew's concern with the Jewish identity of Jesus. Jonathan talked about Matthew's concern with the phrase "the kingdom of heaven" verses Mark and Luke's use of the term "kingdom of God." Over the next few weeks, we will look specifically at Matthew's depiction of Jesus to inform our identity as Jesus' disciples. Copies of last week's outline will be available at the resource table in the lobby. Also, Bible studies will be taped beginning with this coming Tuesday's meeting. Copies of Saturday meetings are also available.
REFLECTION ON SATURDAY:
Jonathan has spent time at both of our Saturday meetings talking of the substance of our community. I say substance rather than appearance because Jonathan and I specifically feel the need to emphasize that we are not looking to be part of a hip, cool, post-modern social Christian club. We want this to be a community of believers with a passion for Christ's teachings and seeking His transforming, redemptive power. Specifically, we want to embrace the teachings of Jesus and take seriously his mantle of discipleship to inform our daily life.
Simultaneously, we want to love people in both our spiritual and physical community with ardor, confronting them with an unconditional love and acceptance that can only come from God our Father. We do not want you and anyone who comes into contact with Renovatus to feel like a project, but instead to feel the safety and peace of fellowship with Christ's people. IF that idea seems risky to you, you are fully grasping our vision. If that seems a little scandalous, you have perceived our ideology correctly.
We welcome you to what will be, with God's grace and direction, a place of grace and truth, peace and authenticity, love and conflict. It may get messy. It will certainly not always be nice. But as we grow to know one another more intimately, see the up and close and no make-up sides of one another's lives, we will learn to love one another as the Father loves all his children, proud and prodigal sons, warts and all.