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Weekly Newsletter: October 29, 2020
Weekly Newsletter:
July 8, 2021
Upcoming Events
Sunday, July 11: THIS SUNDAY!
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)
Message: "Summer Baggage, Part 3" by Pastor Bruce (Proverbs 14:30-35)
Separate sessions for ALL ages of Imagine Kids and Imagine Nation Youth
  • Babies can be taken directly to the nursery immediately upon arrival to GCTS.
  • All other kids and youth will be dismissed for their sessions after praise and worship.
Proclaim - Christina Jones; Safety & Security - Andy Brown

Tuesday, July 13:
7:00 p.m. Ladies Life Group, Room 127, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Bible Study on 1st John

Friday, July 16:
4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Imagine Kids Pool Party, Berewick Manor House and Pool, 6625 Berewick Commons Parkway, Charlotte
Bring the whole family for a pool party; Imagine Kids Ministry will have pizza and drinks, you can bring a dessert if you wish

Sunday, July 18:
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)
Message: "Summer Baggage, Part 4" by Pastor Bruce
Video and Report of Summer Youth Retreat
Separate sessions for ALL ages of Imagine Kids and Imagine Nation Youth
  • Babies can be taken directly to the nursery immediately upon arrival to GCTS.
  • All other kids and youth will be dismissed for their sessions after praise and worship.
Proclaim - Paula Davis; Safety & Security - Nick Jones
Imagine Church Devotional
"A Call for Heroes"
Eighty-one years ago this month, in the summer of 1940, Western civilization was threatened with defeat. Liberty, the principle on which it rests, was menaced by a man who despised freedom. Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Nazi Germany, had conquered Western Europe. He challenged Britain, the last outpost of resistance, to submit. He believed Britain would, and with good reason. Its Army was beaten, and its Navy and Air Force were under attack by the all-conquering German Luftwaffe. He believed there was no one who would oppose his demands.

But he was wrong. One man would, and did. Winston Churchill, recently appointed prime minister, defied Hitler. He rejected surrender. He insisted that Britain could fight on. In a series of magnificent speeches appealing to his people's courage and historic greatness, he carried Britain with him. The country rallied to his call, held steady under a concentrated air bombardment, manned the beaches Hitler planned to invade, and took strength in the struggle of "The Few," Britain's fighter pilots, in their eventually victorious battle against Hitler's air power.

By the end of 1940, by the narrowest of margins, Britain had survived. Hitler's plan was flawed, never to recover, and the Western world lived to fight another day. Western civilization had found a new hero in crisis whose example would lead to its eventual triumph.  

God is always looking for heroes, for people willing to accept the challenge of following Christ. This is never easy, but the proclamation of God's kingdom always involves more than just mere words -- it always calls for clear and concrete action. As we just celebrated on Independence Day, we would do well to remember that kingdom-building actions have been performed by both the church and our nation throughout history.
God's heroes, if they're going to be found anywhere at all, are going to be found right here. We live in a day when there are always going to be people calling us to scale back, don't reach out, don't risk anything, and for heaven's sake, make sure it's going to be easy to pay for. We need some new heroes, folks. We need them in our nation, and we certainly need them in the church.

God's heroes, I believe, are going to be found among men and women who respond to the call of Christ. They will be found among ordinary people willing to take the risks and do extraordinary work; among people who depend more on divine authority than on human ability.

It's up to us -- it's up to you -- to be that kind of hero. And to make your mark.

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
We don't want to talk about it sometimes, but every human being on earth has a past. Though we don't like to admit it, we all carry emotional baggage with us from experiences, mistakes, sins, and traumas of our past. The important question, however, is what do we do with our emotional baggage so that it doesn't control us? And what does our Christian faith teach us about how we can get rid of the baggage? We're in part 3 of this thoughtful new series when Imagine Church gathers for worship at 10:15 a.m. this Sunday, July 11, in person at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary or online on the Imagine Church Facebook page. Whether you're on vacation or in town, there is a way for you to worship with us this Sunday!
What a Fun Summer Youth Retreat!
Reports are in, and they are conclusive: the Imagine Nation Youth had a great and memorable time at Camp Longridge for the 2021 Summer Youth Retreat! After missing a summer retreat last summer because of the pandemic, it felt good to our teenagers and adult counselors to get away for a few days, have fun, and have an encounter with God at the same time. We are grateful to Tim and Andrea Gunn, Matt and Annie Hubbard, and Chris Jones for serving as our adult leaders. A video and report on the Summer Youth Retreat will be included in worship on Sunday, July 18.
Pool Party and Pizza for Imagine Kids and Families
Gregory and Tamra Roberts have made plans to host a Pool Party with pizza and drinks for our Imagine Kids and their families on Friday evening, July 16, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Berewick Commons Clubhouse and Pool. All family members are invited! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Gregory by email at GRoberts@gordonconwell.edu or use this link: Imagine Kids Pool Party - RSVP Here
What a great summer event for our Imagine Kids!  
Imagine Kids
This past Sunday, July 4, Gregory and Tamra demonstrated God's love for us when they shared their message titled "Can the Present or the Future Separate Us from Christ's Love?" (at the 29:30 minute mark). If you missed this message, be sure to check it out!
We invite Imagine Kids of ALL ages (nursery through 5th grade) to join us at Gordon-Conwell this Sunday, July 11, for Gregory's message, "Can the Highest Places or the Lowest Places Separate Us from Christ's Love?". Babies can be dropped off in the nursery immediately upon arrival to GCTS, and Imagine Kids will depart from the chapel after praise and worship. We hope you will bring a friend with you!
Imagine Kids Pool Party
Imagine Kids families and volunteers, mark your calendars for Friday, July 16, for our Imagine Kids Pool Party! The Roberts will be hosting a pool party from 4-7pm at the Berewick Manor House & Pool located at 6625 Berewick Commons Parkway in southwest Charlotte, and YOU are invited to bring the whole family! Imagine Kids Ministry will provide pizza and drinks. If you would like to bring a dessert to share you may, but there is no need to bring anything except your swim gear!

Please take a moment and RSVP by using this link:
Memory Verse:
Parents, here is the memory verse for you to practice with your child(ren):

"Nothing at all can ever separate us from God's love. That's because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done." (Romans 8:39b NIRV)




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

"Nothing at all can ever separate us from God's love."


Gregory Roberts | 704-502-3107 | ImagineKids@ImagineChurchNow.org
Imagine Youth
Join us this Sunday as we continue our summer series with a lesson about 'Faith and Actions' from James 2:14-26.
Imagine Youth 2021 Summer Retreat
Our Imagine Nation Youth had an amazing summer retreat experience at Camp Longridge! Thank you to Tim and Andrea Gunn, Matt and Annie Hubbard, and Chris Jones for creating an environment for these youth to strengthen their relationship with Christ and continue along their faith journeys. Click here to see pics from the retreat, and then be sure to join us on Sunday, July 18, when those youth who attended the retreat will share their experiences with our Imagine Church family during morning worship service.
Imagine Youth and Imagine Life Summer Cookout
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 24, for our Imagine Youth and Imagine Life Summer Cookout when the Choles have graciously offered to host a cookout for our youth at their beautiful home at 822 Bay Tree Lane in Lake Wylie.

Middle school aged youth will enjoy their cookout from 11am-2pm and should register by clicking here:

High school and college aged youth will enjoy their cookout from 1-4pm and should register by clicking here:

We hope you will join in the fun -- please stay tuned for more details.
Weekly Devotion
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16

It’s really easy to not put that much weight on what the Bible says. You can easily think that the things in the Bible are nice concepts, but it really doesn’t matter if you read it. If you’re a good person and try to do the right things, then you’re doing alright. If you buy into this, you’re selling yourself short. The Bible offers us a lot more than just words on a page.

The Bible is written by the inspiration of God. It wasn’t just some random thoughts written down and nice ideas. When it was written, it was inspired by God.

The Bible is also powerful because it corrects us, instructs us, and helps us think and believe right. If we get the Bible into our hearts and lives, it has the power to change us. The Bible isn’t just concepts or ideas, it’s powerful!

So don’t just let the Bible be ideas or concepts. Rather, get into God's word. Let it be a part of your everyday life. Read it daily, get the truths into your heart, and see how powerful God’s word really is!
 
If you’ve struggled with getting started reading the Bible, we’ve got a devotion with some tips on how to get started.
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
Early on in its development, Imagine Church was led to create five primary ministry environments: worship, Imagine Kids, Imagine Nation Youth, life groups, and missions. From the beginning, missions have always been a response to the Scriptural call found in 1 Peter 4:10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."

Did you know a part of the money you give to Imagine Church goes to support both local and global missions? We not only support Philippine Hope as we did last month, but we also sponsor missionaries in other parts of Asia as well. In the last couple of months, they were able to distribute food to many hungry people, some of whom were down to their last potato or cup of rice or couldn't even buy salt. Along with the food, they share the love of Jesus. We will learn more of their work during the month of July along with a report from Give Hope Global, a mission project we support in Haiti. Thank you for your giving and generosity which helps make this possible!

The Imagine Church Missions Team
Offering -- An Act of Worship
The act of giving can be viewed as a part of our worship to the Lord, and Imagine Church thanks you for being led to worship in this manner. If you are led to make a tithe, offering, or gift, we offer you these safe and convenient 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 our Church Center online giving platform:

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

Or, text the amount of your offering (ex: $123) to 84321.

RECURRING: Make a recurring donation using Church Center:

THANK YOU for making our ministry possible here in this community and around the world!
Ladies Life Group
The Ladies Life Group continues to meet on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Room 127. You can join them as they begin their study of 1 John on Tuesday, July 13. Additionally, the group has plans to study these additional books of the Bible: 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.

Want to join in the fellowship? Stay tuned for details about upcoming events and outings from the Ladies Life Group.

Debra Tadlock | 704-460-9075dsb0602@yahoo.com

Guys & Cars Life Group
Save the Date: The Guys & Cars Life Group will be attending the Classic Car Show at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet in Clover, SC on August 14, 2021. More details will come as we get closer to the event, so please stay tuned.
 
Jim Gilkeson | 803-627-6637gilkesonj@gmail.com





Adult Life Group
Great news! The Adult Life Group will be starting back up with the intent of meeting outdoors for now. Please stay tuned for details about upcoming events and outings from the Adult Life Group.

Paula Davis | 704-906-0101decarbodavis@gmail.com
Weekly Inspiration and Encouragement
Inspirational Song:
By: Casting Crowns

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm"

Submitted by: Jennifer Tankersley,
Minister of Worship and the Arts 

Bible Verse of Encouragement:
 
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
(John 14:27 NIV)
Prayers and Praises
We extend deepest sympathy to Amanda and Michael McCauley, Amelia and Connor, at the death of Amanda's mother, Patricia Lee Hardesty Tongue of Lake Wylie, SC, on June 30, 2021. She was at Atrium Health Main in Charlotte at the time of her passing. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 12, in Brentwood, Maryland. Amelia was one of our 2021 high school graduates who was recognized in worship on May 23. Our prayers will be for Amanda and her family in the coming days.

Please pray for Lydia Smith's father, Jerry Brownlee, who is a patient in intermediate ICU in Winston-Salem with breathing problems and internal bleeding. We pray that his medical team can find the source of the bleeding and improve his oxygen level, and we pray for Lydia and her family, too.
We will also be holding in our prayers Kendall Davis' mother, Diane Davis, of Oak Island, NC, who fractured her shoulder in two places in a fall down their back steps. She is seeing an orthopaedic doctor this week, and we will be praying for Diane in the coming days.

We congratulate Mark and Adrienne Lanier at the birth of a grandson, Deacon Chester Bergman, born to Grant and Bre Bergman on July 3. Bruce had the privilege of performing their wedding in Greensboro, NC, in January, 2019. As he grows in years, may Deac grow in God's love and grace, too.
Happy Birthday!
We send heartfelt and happy birthday greetings to these Imagine Church family members who have birthdays throughout the next two weeks:
Jul 9........Nancy Church
Jul 9........Cindy Griffin
Jul 9........Carolyn Partin
Jul 10......Leora Jackson
Jul 10......Juliet Lockey
Jul 11......Kyle Horgan
Jul 12......Tyra Jones
Jul 12......Lisa Neuffer
Jul 14......Addison Galeota
Jul 14......Jessica Phillips
Jul 17......Bill Lockey
Jul 19......Mariah McInnis
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?
Our goal is to be a faith community where everyone feels right at home -- those from diverse spiritual traditions and those with no religious experiences alike. With preaching that is drawn from God's Word and is relevant, useful, and alive to the everyday person living in the Carolinas, Imagine Church emphasizes God's love for all people, the intersection of spirituality and justice, and the calling to make a difference in the world. That's Imagine Church.
Why can't church be more like that?