Discipleship Wellness Check-Up Time

Now that we are deep into Ordinary Time (the ___th Sunday after Pentecost), the focus in the gospel lessons is less on the life of Jesus and more on the teachings of Jesus that apply directly to us. It is during this time that we are challenged with passages like "take up your cross and follow me" and stories of people who succeed and fail at what it truly means to be a disciple.

Truth be told, discipleship is more give than get – at least on this side of the grave. We know that eternal life in Jesus is without measure or price, but that doesn't excuse us from lives of faithful discipleship here on earth.

This month, we're going to do a series of check-ins to see how we're doing on the path to follow Jesus. This is a judgement-free zone; your answers and what you choose to do about it are between you and God. Our hope is that you are called and convicted into a deeper life of prayer, worship, study, service, and giving.

This week's question: Are we getting more than we give as a part of our church community? In other words, are we more a consumer or a contributor? Think about how many of these statements are true for you:

  1. Your worship attendance has become optional.
  2. You have replaced in-person attendance with digital attendance (though we fully understand that some people are unable to attend in-person).
  3. Your attendance to church activities is declining, or you have stopped attending completely.
  4. Your attitude toward your church is more critical.
  5. Your giving has declined or stopped.
  6. You critique sermons instead of listening prayerfully.
  7. You see church as a place to meet your needs instead of your meeting the needs of others.
  8. You have thought about moving to another church because your needs are not being met.
  9. You get frustrated at what other church members aren’t doing.
  10. You don’t pray for your church regularly.

The more "true" statements, the more of a consumer you are – generally speaking. As a popular meme on social media says, "Christians aren't consumers. We are contributors. We don't watch. We engage. We give. We sacrifice. We encourage. We pray by laying hands on the hurting. We do life together. The church needs you, and you need the church."

At least four of these statements above are true for me. But, we are all works in progress, and God is continually working on us to make us better people and followers of Jesus. It is especially helpful that we hold each other accountable to "just show up," to support our church, and see what God can do through us.

I'm praying for you, as I hope you're praying for me.
See you in worship!

Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt

Credit to Thom Rainer for the centerpiece of this article. See his full article here.
Opportunities to "Just Show Up"
Looking Ahead to Sundays in August
Food & Fellowship Opportunities
First Friday in August

Friday, August 5, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. 
Tijuana Taxi Co.
1015 S. Federal Highway
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

(The restaurant is located across from the church in the Winn Dixie plaza next to TD Bank.)

Join us where it all started one year ago and let's celebrate a year of First Fridays!
Third Tuesday in August

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at Noon 
Sylvain's Cafe
1634 SE 3rd Court
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

(Sylvain's Cafe is located in the Cove Shopping Center east of Federal Highway on the south side of Hillsboro Blvd.) 

Don't make lunch or dinner plans and come as you are! We enjoy delicious food and one another's fellowship. We each pay our own way, but everyone is invited to the table — friends, family members, and neighbors!
Faith & Film
"A Week Away"
Wednesday, August 10th
6:00 p.m. in Katie Luther Chapel

2021, Rated PG
With nowhere left to go, Will Hawkins finds himself at camp for the first time. His instinct is to run, but he finds a friend, a father figure, and even a girl who awakens his heart. Most of all, he finally finds a home.

Come and enjoy fellowship and discussion! You are invited to bring anything to eat or drink – whatever you'd like to enjoy with each movie.
Opportunities to Serve Joyfully & Give Selflessly
DFB Park in the Running for a $75,000 Grant

The Perk, Your Park Contest, is part of the Niagara Perk Your Park Project, an initiative that focuses on park and community space revitalization across the country.

Three winners will be chosen to receive the $75,000 upgrade. Vote at NiagaraPerkYourPark.com for Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex! You can vote once per day until the polls close on September 12.
SAVE THE DATE for our Community Fair: Saturday, September 10th

Don't forget to save the date for our 2nd Annual Deerfield Beach Community Fair, co-hosted by Zion and Deerfield Beach Community Cares. We will need as many Zion volunteers as we can muster and will have a variety of opportunities to serve (indoors/outdoors, physically active/physically minimal, etc.).

We will also be setting up on Friday, September 9th in the afternoon and evening. Those who can move tables and other heavy items, please save the date/time!
Notes & Reminders
  • Two AA Groups meet weekly in Katie Luther Chapel: Women's AA (Mondays at 7:00 p.m.) and Old Timers AA (Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.).
  • To claim a special date for altar flowers on a Sunday morning, contact Cantor Kurt Schmidt. The cost of the arrangements is $40 and you may take the flowers home after Sunday morning worship.
Quick Links & Contact Information
Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt
954-421-3146, option 2 (Church)
954-913-2125 (Cell)