Dear Church Family,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. June officially brings us into summer; school is out, the weather is warm, and there is much to be excited about this month! Perhaps the biggest change will be the arrival of our summer intern, Ezra Howe, who just graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University. Ezra studied theology and ministry at TNU and will be applying what he learned in school here in our ministry setting. He will primarily be working with our youth, but will also help out in other pastoral areas. Please pray for him and his time here, may God use him to disciple young people, and may he also gain experience for his ministry road ahead.
One of the biggest blessings in May was the start of our food pantry ministry. We expected to start very slowly as word got out about the pantry, but we had over 20 people show up our first Saturday and over 40 people benefited from the food that was given away. In June we will increase our ministry to two Saturdays a month. So on the first and third Saturdays of every month we will be opening our doors at 9am to offer food to the hungry. I am thankful that we are a community that is actively trying to be the hands and feet of Christ to our neighbors. Please pray that people would continue to witness God’s love through us and that they may be transformed through the encounter.
During June we will continue our sermon series in Acts: “The Makings of a Church.” My hope is that during this series we will be able to reimagine together what the church is called to be. At times we can get so comfortable in our routines, even our faith routines, that we are immovable; but God is always seeking to move us forward towards himself and our neighbors. As you study, pray, and engage during this series I hope your heart will be open to where God is leading us as a church. As we have already seen through Pentecost, the Holy Spirit is the creative power of God that is actively bringing all of creation towards redemption in Christ. May we allow ourselves to be used by the Spirit in this new work of God in Asheville.