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You need the local church!

Yesterday morning I spent some extended time in our sanctuary praying for each of you by name. As your pastor and as a fellow human walking through this strange and extremely disruptive and exhaustive season, I want you to know that am concerned for each of you. I know the condition of my own heart (see this Facebook post) and I think I can safely assume it maybe be true o...

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New Song: Way Maker

This Sunday we will be singing a new song together. Way Maker was originally written by a Nigerian songwriter/artist Sinach (her full name is Osinachi Okoro) and has become an anthem for many during the COVID-19 pandemic has also been sung by demonstrators marching for racial justice, calling out for God as a “way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkn...

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COVID-19 Update: Sunday, November 29

Lord's Day Worship November 29, 2020 Before You Start Pick a time and place. We know that disruptions may come up, but do your best to preserve this time. It is powerful when we slow down, take time to worship, and pay attention to the way God is moving. Put phones and other distractions away. Designate a leader to transition through the elements of the liturgy. Port...

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COVID-19 Update from the Session

With the increases of COVID-19 transmission that we are seeing in our region and our local high schools having 100 confirmed covid cases, 600 in quarantine, and returning to blended learning, the Session wants to encourage all those who attend in-person gathered worship to exercise extreme care. We do not want any of our church family, those what we love, nor our community...

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#FearNot #StandFirm

Admittedly, there are many moments in my pastoral life where I feel like I have to take the reins and take control. I need to orchestrate something "powerful" or meaningful. I need to bring things that are or feel like they are in chaos to some semblance of order. I need to make sure that I put all the right people in the right places. What is at the core of these momen...

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Peace, the World, and My Sweaty Pits

I worry. And when I say worry, I mean I can be absolutely anxiety ridden with the best of them. I get sweaty pits, increased heart rate, and mental and emotional gymnastics that can keep me up at night. There are times where I want to crawl down into a bunker and just hide it out. Those moments feel like storms, and I just want them to magically blow away. I want them to b...

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Christ in You: The Hope of Judges

We live in a day today where hope seems to be slowly fading away. It is in those moments that we need to be reminded that there is a light and high beauty that forever exists beyond the reach of darkness. This is why we started a message series titled "Christ in You: The Hope of Judges." The book of Judges is a collection of stories stitched together to showcase God's reso...

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Racial Brokenness in America and Our Gospel Response

We as a church and as a denomination are all hungry for a church that looks more like Revelation 7: "A great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'" (Revelation 7:...

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Moving Forward to Phase 4: Sunday, July 5

Tuesday, June 16 Good morning, friends and family! Missio Dei Church is cautiously and excitedly moving towards a return to gathered worship on Sunday, July 5. I cannot express to you how excited I am about this. I hope you are too! Our fellowship promises to be sweet with one another and the Lord. What a delight it will be to greet friends again, hear familiar voices li...

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Preparing for Reopening

Friends, I want to thank all of you who responded to the survey from the Elders. Your feedback was very helpful. Here are the results from your brothers and sisters regarding when they feel comfortable returning to a modified form of gathered worship at our normal location (some answered as a household and some answered individually): Now: 51.7% Mid-June: 13.8% Mid ...

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