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Church Office: 980-999-3500

Weekly Newsletter: October 29, 2020
Weekly Newsletter:
April 22, 2021
Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 25: THIS SUNDAY!
9:45 a.m. Online Message for Imagine Kids (Imagine Church Facebook Page)
10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship at Imagine Church (in person at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Chapel, 14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte and online on Imagine Church Facebook Page)
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Message: "Christian Baby Steps"
Separate Sessions for Imagine Nation Youth and Imagine Kids
Proclaim - Tim Imrick; Safety & Security - Chris Jones and Scott Tadlock

Monday, April 26:
6:30 p.m. Missions Team Meeting, Conference Room located at First Properties of the Carolinas, 1 Executive Court, Lake Wylie
All interested youth and adults are invited to attend

Tuesday, April 27:
7:00 p.m. Ladies Life Group, Room 127, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Bible Study on 1 Peter

Sunday, May 2:
9:45 a.m. Online Message for Imagine Kids (Imagine Church Facebook Page)
10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship at Imagine Church (in person at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Chapel, 14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte and online on Imagine Church Facebook Page)
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Message: "The Habits of Happiness, Part 1"
Separate sessions for Imagine Nation Youth and Imagine Kids
Proclaim - Paula Davis; Safety & Security - TBA
Imagine Church Devotional
"The Inviting Place"
A pastor called on a young couple off-and-on for five years. They were always pleasant and said they planned to attend church, but never did. In the fifth year, a layperson who knew the husband invited him to play in the church praise band. He was an excellent guitarist, and the team enjoyed having him. A few weeks later, the family attended church. Within a short period of time, they had all become involved in various groups and made the decision to become followers of Jesus Christ.

There you have it: a dedicated, faithful, theologically trained, evangelistically oriented pastor visited for five years -- nothing. An untrained, friendly layperson who spotted a good guitarist extended an invitation -- success!

A small bank in a little town had only two employees, the manager and a teller. One day, no one came into the bank at all. Finally, at 4:30 p.m., the manager told the teller to lock the front door. Minutes later she returned and said sheepishly, "It is locked. We forgot to open it this morning!"
Invitations are the way Imagine Church opens its doors. In the ministry of attracting first-time worship visitors, we should not worry about drawing a square on a map around Gordon-Conwell Seminary and "serving our neighborhood." There are virtually no "neighborhood churches" left in America today. When people started driving cars, they began picking churches relationally, not geographically. According to a new member study by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), only 12.3% of new members are influenced to join by a church's location. If Imagine Church is within 25-30 minutes driving distance of people's homes (the travel comfort zone for American church attendees), then they are in our field of mission.

How do you choose your friends? By drawing squares on a map? People choose their churches the same way they choose their friends -- because of the relationship they have with someone who invites them to attend. Let's make sure that Imagine Church is always an inviting place. See you on Sunday -- and make sure to invite a friend!

In the name of the One who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
Bruce Jones, Pastor and Co-Creator,
Imagine Church of the Carolinas
Worship This Week
Do you know one major difference between life on your own and life in Christ? Life on your own says, "I'm in charge here. It's all about me. I can do it! Just give me the rules, tell me what you expect -- I can handle it!" But there is something humbling about one's life in Christ. There is humility when we say, "God, I need this, and I don't know how to do it, so I'm going to need your help." That's where it starts, and we're going to take a deeper look at this idea in our 10:15 a.m. worship this Sunday, April 25, with a message titled "Christian Baby Steps." We hope you will be with us, in person on the beautiful Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, or online on the Imagine Church Facebook page. See you Sunday!
Looking Ahead
Happiness is not an accident -- it's a choice. You were meant to live a life free from worry, shame, and resentment. But it won't happen just by chance. You can learn how to be joyful regardless of what comes your way. "The Habits of Happiness" is a new series at Imagine Church beginning Sunday, May 2. We invite you to be with us, in person or online!
Mother's Day began in 1908 when a Methodist laywoman, Anna Jarvis, wanted to honor her mother in worship at her church. The idea caught on, and quickly became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. On Sunday, May 9, Imagine Church will honor all mothers who are present for worship with an individual gift and flower. You are invited to bring your mom and enjoy a special worship experience together at Imagine Church.
Building plans for the new Imagine Church facility will be unveiled on Sunday, May 16 (note the change in date from the previously referenced May 2). For most, this will be their first look at the layout, floorplan, and appearance of the structure that will become Imagine Church's permanent home. We will detail the plans via the screens in worship and will do our best to show them for our online worshipers as well on Sunday, May 16.
Recognition of our stellar group of 2021 high school and college graduates will take place during morning worship on Sunday, May 23. If you have a 2021 high school or college graduate who is part of our Imagine Church family, please email the following pieces of information to Kari DiDonato, our Church Administrator, at imaginechurch2014@gmail.com:
 
a) Graduating senior's name
b) Name of high school/college from which they are graduating
c) If a college graduate, what degree(s) are they receiving
d) Any honors or awards received
e) Future plans (collegiate or vocational/employment plans)
f) Photo of your graduate
We're Proud of our Serve Day Workers
We are grateful to the members of Imagine Church who served these two community non-profits on Serve Day, Saturday, April 17: Clover Area Assistance Center (CAAC), led by Fred Wetherell, assisted with outdoor improvements; and Palmetto Women's Center, led by Debra Tadlock, constructed a prayer garden consisting of benches, painted rocks, a birdbath, and other artwork. Serve Day is just one example of how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our local community! Be sure to check out our Facebook post to see all the great photos from Serve Day 2021!
Imagine Kids
When you worship in person at Gordon-Conwell, elementary aged Imagine Kids (grades K-5) are dismissed from the chapel early in worship for their session with Gregory, so we invite you to spread the love and share the fun by bringing a friend with you to Imagine Kids, too!

Whether you're worshiping with us in person or from home, we invite you to catch all of Gregory's pre-recorded weekly messages for Imagine Kids and their families on our Imagine Church Facebook page on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. This Sunday's message is titled "Too Good to Be True?" And, in case you missed it, here is this past Sunday's message, "What Did the Enemy Think?", brought to you by Gregory, Elijah, and Lilly.
Memory Verse:
Parents, here is the memory verse for you to practice with your child(ren):

"When they entered the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." (Luke 24:3 NIRV)


Gregory Roberts | 704-502-3107 | ImagineKids@ImagineChurchNow.org
Imagine Youth
This Week's Message
Join us this Sunday, April 25, as we talk about finishing the race with scripture coming from Acts 20:23-24. What are You Aiming For?
Attention Parents of the Class of 2021!
Parents of high school and college seniors, we need you to please email the following pieces of information to Kari DiDonato, our Church Administrator, at imaginechurch2014@gmail.com:
 
a) Graduating senior's name
b) Name of high school or college from which they are graduating
c) If a college graduate, what degree(s) are they receiving
d) Any honors or awards received
e) Future plans (collegiate or vocational/employment plans)
f) Photo of your graduate
Imagine Youth 2021 Summer Youth Retreat
July 1-3, 2021
Camp Longridge in Ridgeway, SC
Summer 2021 Theme:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me”. (John 14:6)

Cost $150
$50 non-refundable deposit was due April 4
$50 payment due May 2
Final $50 payment due June 6

It's not too late to register:
(or pay by check made payable to 'Imagine Church')
Summer Retreat Schedule of Events:

Thursday, 7/1
12:30 pm: Meet at CSD YMCA (leave by 1:00 pm)
3:00 pm: Arrive, unpack, and free time
5:30 pm: Dinner (spaghetti and meatballs and cake)
7:00 pm: Service
 
Friday, 7/2
8:00 am: Breakfast (eggs, grits, bacon, and biscuits)
9-11:00 am: Paintball and Ropes Course
12:00 pm: Lunch (BBQ sandwich and mac-n-cheese)
1-4:00 pm: Lake Activities
5:30 pm: Dinner (chicken, rice, corn, and chocolate pie)
7:00 pm: Service
10:30 pm: Bonfire by the Lake
               
Saturday, 7/3
8:00 am: Breakfast (pancakes, eggs, and sausage)
10:00 am: Depart
12:00 pm: Arrive back at CSD YMCA
 
Questions? Call Tim Gunn at 803-322-1113.

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)

One of the hardest things to do in life is to forgive. When people don’t treat you the right way, when they make fun of you, bully you, or give you a hard time for what you believe, it can be really hard to forgive and be kind like this verse challenges us to do.

Thankfully, that’s not what God did. God gave us the love we need to love others. He tells us that His love has been placed in our hearts. So God has given us what we need to love others. We can be kind, tenderhearted, and forgive others because God has given us what we need to do it.

Did you like what you read above? Follow these steps to get set-up to receive Tim's weekly devotional messages and other important information for Imagine Youth via Remind:

Get push notifications on your smartphone by going to the following link(s): rmd.at/imagineyg
 
Sign-up to receive text notifications by texting @imagineyg to the number 81010.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning, Imagine Youth -- and bring a friend, too!

Tim Gunn | 803-322-1113 | Youth@ImagineChurchNow.org
Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus
There are so many opportunities that exist for our church to be the hands and feet of Jesus by helping others through various means of service right here in our community and around the world. If you have a heart for missions, you are invited to join the Missions Team or simply support its initiatives. For more information about the Missions Team, please email Kari DiDonato at her Imagine Church email: imaginechurch2014@gmail.com  
 
Imagine Church's very first SERVE DAY was a huge success, and we are very grateful to Julie Van Slambrook and Fred Wetherell for heading up this special initiative.

This past Saturday, April 17, twenty-two (22) youth and adult members of Imagine Church served our community at these two local non-profits:

Fred Wetherell led a group of six (6) at Clover Area Assistance Center (CAAC) with a variety of outdoor improvements including trimming back 100 yards of overgrown hedges and hauling away the debris.
Debra Tadlock led a group of fifteen (15) at the Palmetto Women's Center in Rock Hill with constructing a prayer garden. The group installed sitting benches and a bird bath, hung bird feeders, and arranged pavers and other stones in beautiful decorative patterns.

Check out our Facebook post for more great photos from Serve Day 2021!

The Missions Team will meet again this coming Monday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Properties of the Carolinas office (1 Executive Ct, Lake Wylie). Even if you haven't attended a previous Missions Team meeting, interested youth and adults are encouraged to attend to discuss upcoming missions and to start talking about some long-term goals. We hope to see you on Monday!
Tithes & Offerings: Thank You for Your Generosity
Imagine Church is truly humbled and so very grateful to all of our worshipers -- those who worship in person and online -- who continue to give and support our mission through any of these giving options:

MAIL: Cash or check donations can be mailed directly to our church office at:
Imagine Church
13000 S. Tryon Street, Suite F-114
Charlotte, NC 28278

WORSHIP: Cash or check donations can be placed in one of the collection baskets at our Sunday in-person worships at GCTS.

ONLINE: Use this link to access Church Center, our new online giving platform:

MOBILE: Make a donation from your smart phone using the new mobile Church Center app. Simply search for Imagine Church in Lake Wylie to create your account:

Or, use your phone to TEXT your donation. Simply text the amount of your offering (ex: $123) to 84321, and you will be prompted for any other needed information.

RECURRING: Establish a recurring donation using this link to access Church Center, our new online giving platform:

If you previously had a recurring donation set up through our old ChurchTrac platform, please note that we suspended those recurring ChurchTrac payments as of March 1st. If you have not yet logged into Church Center to setup a new recurring payment in this new system, there has likely been a lapse in receipt of your desired levels of giving.

Thank you, Imagine Church family, for the generous spirit of giving you display! 
Ladies Life Group
Join the Ladies Life Group on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. at Gordon-Conwell in Room 127. The group is continuing with Bible studies and began studying 1 Peter this past Tuesday, April 20. You are invited to take a journey with this group over the next several months as they delve in to these additional books of the Bible:
1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.
Weekly Inspiration and Encouragement
Inspirational Song:
 
By: Carrie Underwood

I surrender all
Oh, I surrender all
All to Thee
My blessed Savior
I surrender all


Submitted by: Jennifer Tankersley,
Minister of Worship and the Arts 
 
  
Bible Verse of Encouragement:
 
“So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33 RSV)
Prayers and Praises
We are happy to celebrate the birth of William Reeves Griffin, son of Adam and Jessica Griffin, born on April 16, 2021, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Proud grandparents are Phil and Cindy Griffin. As Will grows in years, may he also grow in grace and in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Annastin Gunn has bounced back from her days in the hospital and was able to take part in a dance competition last weekend. Regular treatments will continue, but we are pleased to report that she is doing well.
We continue to pray for Meredith Martone (recovering from injuries in a vehicle accident), Hank Freitag (brother of Bonita Nugent) as he receives good reports as he continues his cancer treatments, and Jerry Brownlee (father of Lydia Smith) as he improves following heart-related issues and hospitalization.
Happy Birthday!
We send heartfelt and happy birthday greetings to these Imagine Church family members who have birthdays throughout the next two weeks:
Apr 22.....Maizy Fronczkiewicz
Apr 23.....Owen Galeota
Apr 29.....Stephanie Galeota
Apr 30.....Kelli Nugent
Apr 30.....DJ Price
May 1......Matt DiDonato
May 5......Remy Stanford
May 5......Kimberly Williams
May 6......Evelyn Vanourny
If you are wanting your name added to our birthday list, simply send us a quick email at Info@ImagineChurchNow.org. We want to celebrate with you!
Why Imagine Church?
Together, we have embarked upon this new adventure of faith and faithfulness based on the lesson of creative abandonment: forsaking what does not work for what does. We're humbled to be on the ground floor of what God is up to in the world today. Our community and your life will never be the same. That's Imagine Church!
Why can't church be more like that?