Join us Sunday for On-line Worship and “Prayer Knot”

Dear Friends,

 

I hope this finds you safe and well, and that despite trouble all around, you are finding renewed connections with loved ones, and renewed faith in our Lord.  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear….” (Psalm 46:1-2)

 

Last Sunday, we were not able to meet in person for worship, but many of you were able to participate in a recorded service on-line.  I have appreciated the many positive comments and suggestions some of you have shared!  

 

This Sunday, March 29, we still will be on-line, but are planning to “livestream” the service at 8:45 am.  Go to www.facebook.com/maranadisciples, or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsX58UdPPhOJcXrF5DjTplA.

Church closure and move to online worship

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Members and Friends, of Community Christian Church of Marana,

In the name of Jesus Christ, greetings to you.  All of us sure have had a hard week, to say the least!  Moreover, we don’t know whether or not things are going to get harder, perhaps much harder, in the weeks to come.  But one thing is for sure: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” and He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:8,5)

Addressing Coronavirus

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” (Isaiah 41:10)

 

There’s understandably much concern over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  But concern and proper precautions must not give way to fear, especially for us who are people of faith in God who is our strength.

 

As information becomes available, Community Christian Church of Marana is working to be informed and prepared regarding COVID-19. We are following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the ministries statement from The Disciples of Christ General Minister and President, Week of Compassion, and National Benevolent Association: www.disciples.org

FROM PASTOR DAVE: Reading Through Luke

Would you join me during Lent – a traditional time when Christians prepare for Easter by especially focusing on repentance, moderation in or abstinence from certain worldly pleasures, and engaging in fasting and prayer and other spiritual disciplines – by committing to daily Bible reading of the gospel of Luke?  Here’s how it will work:

 

1. find the reading plan by doing one of the following:

Looking Forward, Looking Back

The following is a slightly edited letter sent out to our members and other friends who contributed financially to the mission of our church this past year.  But in addition to some financial news, it serves as a brief review of 2019 and a look forward into 2020. Enjoy!

 

“Greetings!  I hope 2020 has been good for you so far.  In any case, the Lord is good, and I pray you are continuing to put your trust in Him!  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Go And Do

“Go and Do.”  

 

In the last entry, back in October 2019, I wrote about an invitation and attitude of Jesus that was prevalent throughout his ministry; His was a “come and see” ministry.  He was invitational, and He calls us today to be invitational as well. Church is not an exclusive club, but an inclusive community. “Come and see!”

 

I also mentioned, at the end of the entry: “Stay tuned for the next entry, two weeks from now, on the second invitation of Jesus.”  Well, that was the longest two weeks of my life! It’s now January 2020, and as can happen, time got away. I wound up leading five memorial services soon after October ended, and helping minister to the families whose loved ones had passed away.