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10:15 a.m.: In-Person Worship Service and
Online Facebook Worship
    
Church Office: 980-999-3500

Weekly Newsletter: October 29, 2020
Weekly Newsletter:
February 11, 2021
Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 14: THIS SUNDAY!
9:45 a.m. Online message to Imagine Kids by Gregory Roberts (Imagine Church Facebook Page)
10:15 a.m. Indoor worship inside Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Chapel,
14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte (and online worship on Imagine Church Facebook Page)
The Last Sunday after Epiphany
Message: "Plot Twist: The Story of Joseph" Part 3, by Pastor Bruce
Separate session for Imagine Nation Youth and Imagine Kids (after opening of worship)
A/V - Paula Davis; Safety & Security - Steve Phillips & Scott Tadlock

Sunday, February 21:
9:45 a.m. Online message to Imagine Kids by Gregory Roberts (Imagine Church Facebook Page)
10:15 a.m. Indoor worship inside Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Chapel,
14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte (and online worship on Imagine Church Facebook Page)
First Sunday in Lent
Message: "Your Story" Part 1, Personal Faith Story by Jim Hare
Separate sessions for Imagine Nation Youth and Imagine Kids (after opening of worship)
A/V - Jim Gilkeson; Safety & Security - Craig Galeota & Andy Brown
Imagine Church Devotional
"People Who Have a Vision"
I once read the story of a town that was going to be destroyed as a result of the building of a dam upstream. While the destruction was a number of years away, the negative impact of its prospect was immediate. Residents stopped painting homes, repairs went undone, and no new building projects were started. In describing what happened, a news reporter summed it up this way: "No faith in the future, no power in the present."

Over the years, I have found the Scripture recorded in Proverbs 29:18 to be painfully true: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." I have observed that visionless people have clearly identifiable traits that contribute to their ultimate demise. Visionless people are pliable people. They have no guiding principles or values, and, as a result, they fall for anything. Visionless people are pitiful people. They are always looking for someone to help them rather than help themselves or looking for people to blame for their plight instead of solving their problems. Visionless people are petty people. They focus on small petty things rather than things that are truly important. There is an old cliche which states, "They major in the minors and minor in the majors." Ultimately, visionless people are powerless people. Everything is a problem, every obstacle is insurmountable, and, as a result, little or no progress is made.
On the other hand, people who have a vision are principled, positive, patient, and powerful. They have values that guide them, beliefs that encourage them, and strength that sustains them while waiting and working for their vision to become a reality. The vision we are developing today will give us the faith we need in the future and will also give us the power we need to solve today's problems as we build a better tomorrow.

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
"Plot Twist" is a series of messages that unpacks the story of Joseph found in the book of Genesis. Throughout everything that happened in his life, his hope and faith in God made him resilient against the betrayal, injustice, pain, and loss. In our 10:15 a.m worship this Sunday, February 14, we will hear the incredible conclusion of his multifaceted story. Our in-person worship in the Gordon-Conwell chapel will also feature some choice videos for Valentine's Day! We urge you to be with us for a memorable Sunday either in-person or online on the Imagine Church Facebook page. Invite a friend, too!
Also, it's not too late to participate in Gregory Roberts' corresponding Bible study highlighting Joseph's unique kind of faith. Simply sign up by emailing Gregory at GRoberts@GordonConwell.edu, and you, too, can participate remotely in this study.
"Your Story" Series to Be Featured during Lent
Everyone has a story, and, when we share our faith stories in worship, it can help build up another's faith! This is what we plan to do with a unique series at Imagine Church during the Sundays of Lent called "Your Story." February 21 - March 28, six very special members of the Imagine Church community will share about their particular journeys of faith. Some will speak for just several minutes while others may take the regular sermon time, but you will be blessed and your faith increased by hearing their stories. This will take place during both our in-person worships at GCTS and also online in the messages premiered on our Imagine Church Facebook page.
Update on In-Person Worship
Imagine Church resumed in-person worship at Gordon-Conwell on November 15 after a series of outdoor, drive-in worships on the new church site in Lake Wylie which was preceded by several weeks of worshiping online during the global coronavirus pandemic. In doing so, we have followed protocols developed by the Leadership Team back in June which blocks off alternating rows and asks each worshiper to wear a mask. We have also omitted the refreshment time before worship and have located offering baskets on stands near the exit doors to the chapel in lieu of passing them from person to person.

We are fortunate to note that we have not had one single reported issue of someone becoming ill with Covid-19 from contact in worship at Imagine Church. Of course, the decision to attend in person is left to each individual and household, but we believe if you choose to return, you will be safe. Also, as more people receive the vaccine, we believe that the number of persons and families attending in person will continue to increase.  
Please Help Us Reach More People
WE COULD USE A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS! Please help our worship and ministry reach more people by learning how to operate our AV EQUIPMENT -- no prior experience is needed, and training will be provided!

Please respond to this Facebook post or send an email to Info@ImagineChurchNow.org to express your interest and willingness to learn! Thank you for helping our ministry grow!
Imagine Kids
On Sunday mornings, elementary aged Imagine Kids (grades K-5) are dismissed from the chapel early in worship for their session with our Minister to Children and Families, Gregory Roberts. And what a sight it is to see so many kids and youth stand up and exit the chapel together! We hope you and your Imagine Kids will join us for in-person worship on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. at Gordon-Conwell -- and bring a friend, too!

Additionally, as a way to supplement the in-person sessions, you can catch Gregory's weekly message LIVE on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. on the Imagine Church Facebook page. With the help of Elijah and Lilly, Gregory kicked off this past Sunday's message, 'The Story of Joseph and His Jealous Brothers,' and, this Sunday, they will pick up where they left off -- you won't want to miss it!
Memory Verse:
Parents, here is the memory verse for you to practice with your child(ren):

"You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good. He planned to do what is now being done. He wanted to save many lives." (Genesis 50:20)
 


Parents, if the entire verse is too long for your preschooler, have them learn just this first part:

"You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good."


Gregory Roberts | 704-502-3107 | ImagineKids@ImagineChurchNow.org
Imagine Youth
Tim kicked off last week's Super Bowl Sunday Pre-Game Party with a great motivational message, and then our youth had a blast playing games and enjoying some yummy snacks! Thanks to all the youth who attended and brought the energy! If you missed it, check out these Facebook pics.

Looking Ahead...

On February 14 and 21, we will take time to watch and discuss the movie I Still Believe, the true life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp. Jeremy’s remarkable journey of love and loss proves there is always hope in the midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing. You won't want to miss it -- so we invite you to bring a friend, too!
Grab a Bible or Bible app and read Psalm 23:4. Make a list of the things you’re worried about. They can be things that are happening right now or things that still might be, or both. This list is your dark valley. Now take a minute to ask God to show you the ways He is with you and write those down. It could be His Word, protection He’s provided, blessing, or other things. Thank Him for being with you all this time and ask Him to help you recognize His presence in the future.
Please help us connect with you and the youth by joining us on Remind or Instagram (search for Imagine Youth). In addition to posting the latest events, Tim will post weekly devotions that he hopes will get your sons and daughters connected to what God can do in the lives of all the young people at Imagine Church. If you and/or your youth are not already signed up for Remind, please follow these steps to get set-up to receive push notifications or texts from Tim:

Get push notifications on your smartphone by going to the following link(s):
 
Sign-up to receive text notifications by texting @imagineyg to the number 81010.


Have a blessed week knowing God is with you! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, and we encourage you to bring a friend, too!

Tim Gunn | 803-322-1113 | Youth@ImagineChurchNow.org
Home-Based Life Groups

The Greater Community Life Group is meeting again in 2021 every two weeks on Wednesday evenings. The ladies are reading Max Lucado's You Are Never Alone with facilitation provided by Michelle Transou. For more information about the group's next series, contact Michelle at 704-299-6235.
Tithes & Offerings: God Loves a Cheerful Giver
Imagine Church is blessed with cheerful givers right here in our local community, across the Carolinas, in various states across America, and even around the world! That's why, with many of our church family worshiping in person at Gordon-Conwell and others worshiping online on our Facebook page, it's wonderful to have different options for giving.

If you are led to make an offering and will be worshiping with us in person this Sunday, we invite you to place your offering in one of the collection baskets at the GCTS chapel. Anyone, however, can make a safe and secure online offering from our church website (https://imaginechurchnow.org/giving/) or by utilizing mobile text giving (SMS) by following the steps that were detailed in last week's newsletter. Of course, cash or check can always be mailed directly to our church office at:

Imagine Church
13000 S. Tryon Street, Suite F-114
Charlotte, NC 28278

THANK YOU for making our ministry possible here in this community and around the world -- God is undoubtedly at work in the life of our church family!
Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus
There are so many opportunities that exist for our church family to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to help others through various means of service right here in our community. If you are aware of an opportunity that you would like to see highlighted in the newsletter, please email Kari DiDonato at her Imagine Church email: imaginechurch2014@gmail.com  
 

FEBRUARY'S OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY:
~ Tender Hearts Ministries ~
Tender Hearts Ministries is a 501c3 organization whose main mission is to help homeless women and their children in York County, SC. They offer community assistance through outreach & community service programs. Funding comes from donations and from the operation of several thrift stores throughout York County.

We encourage you to donate unused clothing, household items, furniture, or appliances to any of these locations. Click here for a complete list of locations and contact information.

What happens to your monetary donations and/or your store donations when the items sell and are turned into money? Check out this video for the answer: Tender Hearts Ministries Video
As was mentioned in last month's newsletter, throughout the month of February, we will be collecting baby wipes, diapers, formula, and baby food to be donated to the residents of Tender Hearts House of Hope. If you would like to make a donation, please feel free to bring your items to Gordon-Conwell for any Sunday worship this month, or reach out to Kari DiDonato, Imagine Church Administrator, at imaginechurch2014@gmail.com to make alternate collection arrangements.

Thank you in advance, Imagine Church family, for generously supporting this month's outreach opportunity. You can learn more about Tender Hearts Ministries by checking out their website or by following them on Facebook:
Weekly Inspiration and Encouragement
Inspirational Song:
 
By: Sidewalk Prophets

“Wherever you are, whatever you did
It's a page in your book, but it isn't the end
Your Father will meet you with arms open wide
This is where your heart belongs
Come running like a prodigal”- Sidewalk Prophets 

Submitted by: Jennifer Tankersley,
Minister of Worship and the Arts 
 
  
Bible Verse of Encouragement:
 
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Prayers and Praises
Zach Preston began a new form of immunotherapy this week along with the first of five radiation treatments for a lesion on his sternum; doctors are confident this will alleviate the pain coming from the sternum.  Rhonda reports that the last round of chemo infusion really wiped him out. May we all pray for Zach's strength and comfort as he receives his new rounds of treatment and that God would remind them both of His constant presence.

Dana Martone's daughter, Meredith Martone, was a passenger in an automobile accident last Wednesday night which left her with a crushed pelvic plate and other broken bones which will require three to four months of rehab and physical therapy. We are grateful, however, that Meredith survived the accident and that her injuries will eventually heal. Please hold Meredith and Dana in your prayers each day.

Tamra Roberts' mother, Tina Farrow, in Wisconsin has received a challenging prognosis in her ongoing fight against cancer, and we offer daily prayers for Tina, for Tamra, and for others of their family.

Jimmy Ferguson spent several hours in the ER at Atrium Steele Creek with fever and congestion but was released around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Please hold both Jimmy and Becky in your prayers. 

Sandy Holland, mother of Patricia Gray, and Dan Gray, father of Matt Gray, have both been in the hospital in recent days with breathing and heart issues, respectively, and our prayers for each of them have been requested.

We rejoice with Ray and Michelle Transou at the news that Ray's nephew, Ray Sheppard, received a clear leukemia scan and had his port removed.

We offer prayers of God's comfort and healing for Jo Johnson, a special friend to many in the Imagine Church family, as her illness progresses.
Happy Birthday!
We send heartfelt and happy birthday greetings to these Imagine Church family members who have birthdays throughout the next two weeks:
Feb 12.....Kathy Imrick
Feb 12.....Kelly Linck
Feb 13.....Hannah Tankersley
Feb 15.....Sean Smith
Feb 17.....Lydia Kok
Feb 17.....Kirstie Nugent
Feb 17.....Justin Tankersley
Feb 19.....Kerri Duffy
Feb 23.....Fay Rhodes
Feb 23.....Steve Foit
Feb 24.....Kevin Thalinger
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 imagined a different kind of church -- one that is not bound by committees or tradition or the way things have always been done, but one that seeks ways to bless and transform lives through the grace and love of Jesus Christ. We believe that wherever life happens, church can happen, too. That's Imagine Church.
Real people. Real life. Real church.