Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.
So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
These words convey family. They impart unity and permanency. These words bring a sense of intimacy that overcomes sibling squabbles. It is, with good reason, why God established the Church as his family. It is a beautiful picture when we can see that our “family” extends well beyond our church walls. On the wall in my office I have a document that declares I was ordained Deacon on July 24, 2011 at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Kapchorwa, Uganda.
I was to be the first Mzungu (white person) ordained there. I spent two weeks in prayer and preparation with my 7 “brothers” who were also being ordained (who represented 4 different tribes). Over 1,000 people traveled from several hundreds of miles to be part of this special day. I will never forget the moment when we were about to begin the processional and they shouted, “Brother Travis! You know you must dance all the way to altar?!” Yes, I have video. Some may have called it “Godly Groovin’” or “Deacon at the Disco,” but I just remember it being a Holy moment. Seven different languages were being sung around me … different cultures, different tribes, different skin colors, but one Savior, Christ Jesus, being praised!
At the end of this month I celebrate the 7 year anniversary of my ordination in Africa. Hardly, has there been one week that has gone by that I did not receive a text, phone call or email exchanging prayer requests and prayers for one another. And my brothers always ask me, “When are you coming ‘home’?”
In the ACNA, we are part of a global family, a movement, making history, for the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus. Most recently, GAFCON 2018 came to a close in Jerusalem. I encourage you, go to
and listen to the talks of Anglicans from all over the globe! We are blessed to be part of such and amazing family!
This week, as always, we have a lot of great stuff in our local church family:
Our students are safely back from their mission experience in Houston! This Sunday, we will hear from a few of them about their experiences and what God taught them.
We are in need of servants (volunteers) for our Vacation Bible School, which will be July 23-27. You may also register in the welcome center or online. The theme this year is "Game Time: God Can Win With Any Play You Give Him!"
Please pray about hosting or employing one of our Border Fellows this fall. We have six coming to learn and serve here among us. For more information, please contact Yoli Milliorn at 915-588-8918.
Young-ish Adults: Read below for information regarding this week’s “How to Acts” study and don’t forget to RSVP for next week’s “The Art of Marriage” !
Also, please remember that at the 10:45 am service, parents may bring children into the Main Sanctuary for a blessing, before going downstairs to Kid's Connection.
May the Spirit of God fill you this week,
The Rev. Travis King