This Sunday, July 5

Celebrating our Independence

It’s going to be an exciting holiday weekend as we celebrate Independence Day as a nation on Saturday. It’ll be different due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Still it’s fun to celebrate this great nation to which we belong. I don’t know about you, but in my neighborhood the fireworks displays are happening most every night. But might it be time for us to move beyond a Declaration of Independence to a Declaration of Inter-Dependence?

Never in recent history has our nation been more divided that what we are right now. The battles lines between republicans vs. democrats, blacks vs. whites, police vs. protestors, and mask-wearers vs. non mask-wearers has dominated the headlines lately. Seems we are anything but the United States of America right now. And I wonder: Where’s it all headed? What is the future of this nation we love? Is there any hope for healing, unity, and reconciliation?

If you ever feel concern over the future of this land we love and wonder about the same questions, then this Sunday’s message will definitely speak to you. “Toward a United States” will offer us hope for the future by highlighting five gifts God has given to foster and forge unity among diverse peoples. I think you’ll be amazed and empowered to discover that the “tools” we need to bring about unity and reconciliation in the U.S. are right within our grasp.

We’ll enjoy a patriotic hymn sing at the 9:00am traditional service. Plus, we’ll recognize our high school graduates with gifts and present Bibles to two faithful children of Fish Net at our 10:45am contemporary service. We also have some exciting news to share regarding a special remodel project within the church. Let’s practice social distancing and wear a mask when in close proximity. Or, watch the video online later if you wish. May God’s Spirit be upon us!

Together in Christ,

Pastor Dave Van Netten