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Weekly Newsletter:
July 21, 2022
Upcoming Events
Sunday, July 24:  THIS SUNDAY
10:00 a.m. Refreshments and Gathering Time, GCTS Rotunda
  • Host Team - Scott and Amy Segars
10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship at Imagine Church (in person at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Chapel, 14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte, or online at Imagine Church Facebook Page)
Message:  "Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation, Part 4" by Pastor Bruce
Interview with Emma Imrick, Student at University of Glasgow, Scotland
Separate sessions for all ages of Imagine Kids and Imagine Nation Youth
Assisting in Worship - Mark Lanier
Proclaim - Bernd Herold; Live Stream - Tim Imrick; Audio - Ron Domurat
Safety & Security - Russ Partin
11:45 a.m. VBS Volunteer Meeting, GCTS Room 122 B & C

Monday, July 25
6:30 p.m. Missions Team meets at First Property of the Carolinas, 1 Executive Court, Lake Wylie

Sunday, July 31
10:00 a.m. Refreshments and Gathering Time, GCTS Rotunda
10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship at Imagine Church (in person at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Chapel, 14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte, or online at Imagine Church Facebook Page)
Message:  "Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation, Part 5" by Pastor Bruce
Separate sessions for all ages of Imagine Kids and Imagine Nation Youth; Imagine Life for high school seniors and college-age students
Imagine Church Devotional
"The Pilgrim View of Life"
On January 8, 2003, a commuter plane crashed upon takeoff at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. All twenty-one souls on board perished in the crash which was later attributed to faulty maintenance in the days prior in addition to being overloaded with baggage and cargo. It was Flight 5481, scheduled for a short jaunt to Greenville, South Carolina. Captain Katie Leslie and First Officer Jonathan Joshua Gibbs lost their lives that day as well.

I will never forget their names as a year later, the Airport Authority enlisted me to conduct a memorial service in Charlotte and to dedicate a monument in their memory. Family members of the deceased were present, and I had arranged clergy members to assist, representing the faiths of each one whose life had been lost. There were Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, Catholic, Lutheran, and Hindi persons on board the aircraft on that fateful day. It remains one of the most solemn and emotional experiences of these decades of ministry.

What do you say on an occasion like that? Human words come with such difficulty. Each cherished soul was unique and precious; each one was dear and loved by God. I ultimately chose the picture of a family vacation to hopefully bring some consolation. Visualize a family going to a beautiful resort -- exciting things to do, for every person, abound. Some visit for the entire summer; some stay until the chill of autumn or the white snow of winter sets in. Other families remain there only a few days. Endearing friendships develop.

Now and then some of the group leave, some sooner than others, taking the boat back home. Others shed tears at their going and regret the early parting. Families are always sorry that they have to leave such a beautiful place.

One day you awake to the realization that the end of your sojourn is in sight. The vacation is over. However much you want to stay, you must return home. You are saddened by the approaching end. But as the day approaches, you think of the beautiful things of home -- of all your family and loved ones already there. It is sad to leave your friends in the nice vacation land, yet you must take the boat back to where you belong: your ultimate home.
We resist the life of the pilgrim; but we discover those things we carry with us back to our homeland. For instance, the bonds of love always remain intact. No matter where our loved ones reside, those never change nor ever weaken. The love is always there. Death does not erase the bond with our loved ones as those great souls linger with us forever.

The pilgrim view of life enables us to lay hold of and grasp with firm faith the fundamental promise that, "if this earthly tent be destroyed, we have a house eternal in the heavens, a building of God, not made with hands" (2 Corinthians 5:1). Life is always a journey that leads us back home. You will go through the darkness and find the light again.

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've been studying prayer in our July series, and we notice something fascinating about Jesus in the gospel of Luke. The way Luke tells the story, Jesus is praying from the very beginning. From the day of his baptism, Jesus is in prayer. However, if Jesus were the Son of God, why would he need to pray? And why so often? We're learning that there is a unique and a very important relationship between the Christian life and prayer. In our worship this Sunday, July 24, we will not only hear part 5 of our new series, "Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation," we will also have an in-service interview with one of our young people, Emma Imrick, who is in college at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. You will be blessed by this Sunday's worship! Come early for refreshments at 10:00 a.m., and if you can't be present in person, you can always catch the live stream on the Imagine Church Facebook Page. We'll look for you this Sunday -- why not invite a friend to worship with you?
Looking Ahead
Whether spoken, texted, or posted, our words play a crucial role in our lives. Our four-part series in August will seek to remind us that words often reveal what's in our hearts and that words matter. We will take a look at what the Scriptures teach us about the source of our words, the consequences of our words, and how we can use our words to God's glory. "What Was I Thinking?" is the title of our August series at Imagine Church -- be with us each Sunday or join us online!
VBS Props Needed -- Can You Help?
We want to Make Waves at this summer’s VBS scheduled for the first week of August! And to do that, we need to borrow these props:

  • Tarps
  • Small Boat
  • Oars
  • Inner Tubes
  • Coolers

If you can loan us any of these props, please reach out to Tamra Roberts (teroberts01@gmail.com) or Gregory Roberts (groberts@gordonconwell.edu) to let them know. Make sure your name is on the item(s), and we’ll get them back to you after VBS wraps up. Thanks, Imagine Church family!
August Is Just Around the Corner -- and So Is VBS!
MAKE WAVES with Imagine Church this summer at VBS!

Monday, August 1 thru Thursday, August 4, 2022
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. daily
at Field Day Park in Lake Wylie

Open to rising Kindergarten thru 5th Graders.
Registration is FREE!

ATTENTION ALL VBS VOLUNTEERS:
We will conduct a brief 15-minute meeting after church THIS Sunday, July 24, in Room 122 B & C. Please plan to attend this important meeting where you will receive further direction from Gregory and Tamra.
Please direct any questions to:
Tamra Roberts (teroberts01@gmail.com)
Gregory Roberts (groberts@gordonconwell.edu)
Imagine Kids
We invite Imagine Kids (ages nursery through 5th grade) to join us at Gordon-Conwell on Sunday mornings when Gregory Roberts, our Minister of Children and Families, will engage the kids and share a thought-provoking message with them.


This Sunday's message will again be from Gregory's message series,
"The LOVE of God":
God's Love is (O) ONE-OF-A-KIND, Part 2

And, if you missed it, be sure to check out this past Sunday's message
(please forward to the 27:55 minute mark):

MEMORY VERSE:

Parents, here is the memory verse for you to practice with your child(ren):

"What I'm about to tell you is true. If he finds that sheep, he is happier about the one than about the 99 that didn't wander off." (Matthew 18:13 NIrV)

Preschoolers can opt to memorize this:
"If Jesus finds the lost sheep, He is happy!"

Gregory Roberts | 704-502-3107 | groberts@gordonconwell.edu
Imagine Nation Youth
We invite Imagine Nation Youth (ages 6th grade through college) to join us at Gordon-Conwell on Sunday mornings when Tim Gunn, our Minister of Imagine Nation Youth, will engage the youth in meaningful activities and share a relevant message with them. Youth are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend -- so invite a friend this Sunday!
YOUTH HELPERS NEEDED!
Attention, Youth -- Gregory is in need of 2 youth helpers to assist with Imagine Kids THIS SUNDAY, JULY 24th. Please reach out to Gregory at 704-502-3107 or groberts@gordonconwell.edu if you can lend a hand.
IMAGINE LIFE TO CONTINUE SUMMER MEETINGS:

Looking ahead, all high school seniors and college students who are home from college are invited to participate in Imagine Life, our Imagine Youth ministry headed up by Chris Jones that is focused on engaging college students and high school seniors. Imagine Life will meet on Sunday mornings after praise and worship on these dates:
July 31
August 7

And please stay tuned for additional information about upcoming outings!


Imagine Nation Youth, know that God is with you, and knw that you are loved. We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning -- and please bring a friend with you, 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
JULY'S MISSION FOCUS:
~Nick and Nika Blossey, Missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators~

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." ~ Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
As you know, 10% of your tithes and offerings is used to support our various missions. This month we are featuring just one of our global missions that benefits from your generous giving:

Nick and Nika Blossey,
our Wycliffe Bible Translators in South Asia
In addition to supporting the Blosseys financially, we can support them with our prayers.
The Blosseys have asked for the following prayers from our Imagine Church family:
  • Please pray for their physical health. They've had quite a bit of sickness lately which can be stressful and discouraging.
  • Please pray that their work will continue to go well and that they can train local people to assist in the translations.
Thank you, Imagine Church family, for helping to make a difference on the other side of the earth by supporting Nick and Nika Blossey with Wycliffe Bible Translators with your tithes and giving and also with your prayers!
Offering: Giving Back to God
We give back to God in the name of our risen Savior knowing that our monetary gifts are but a mere gesture of sacrifice in comparison to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us. It’s through your generous giving that we’re able to carry on our mission -- spiritually, locally, and globally. If you are led to make a tithe, offering, or gift, we offer these safe and convenient giving options:

ONLINE: Use this link to access our Church Center online giving platform to make a one time or recurring donation:

ZELLE: Now you can setup Zelle to send donations to Imagine Church via this email address:
treasurer@imaginechurchnow.org

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.

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

IN WORSHIP: Cash or check donations can be placed in one of the collection baskets at our Sunday in-person worships at GCTS.
Prayers and Praises
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Please hold in your prayers Joe Stinemetz (stepfather of Jennifer Tankersley) who will be relocating to the Carolinas from Nashville to be closer to his daughters as he continues to face serious health issues.

Lee Potter continues to heal at home from injuries suffered in a fall from a horse while working at the Rideability Therapeutic Riding Center in Clover and still needs our prayers.

Janet Waterman continues to suffer acute shoulder pain and is likely looking at rotator cuff surgery in the near future; we hold Janet in our prayers as well.
Marla Dunovant, a good friend of Kelly Fox, is a patient at the Duke University Medical Center for 21 days in hopes that it will restore her immune system; she is also receiving chemo. It is a painful process, and she needs our prayers.

Kelly Fox had oral surgery last week but bounced back quickly and was back in worship on Sunday -- we're grateful for that!
We were all pleased at the announcement last week that Cameron Hurst of the Imagine Church family has been named the new Executive Director of the Clover Area Assistance Center with her service beginning in October. Cameron has been Chair of the CAAC Board and is the ideal candidate to move into this strategic professional role. We congratulate Cameron and will hold her in our prayers during this time of transition.
If you have a named or unnamed prayer request that you would like to share with Pastor Bruce, please send your request via email to Info@ImagineChurchNow.org.
Happy Birthday!
We send heartfelt and happy birthday greetings to these Imagine Church family members who have birthdays throughout the next two weeks:
July 25....Gracesyn Schoeller
July 30....Jennifer Tankersley
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?
Imagine Church is ecumenical in character and Wesleyan in theology with preaching that is drawn from God's Word and is relevant, useful, and alive to the everyday person living in the greater Charlotte region. We are a faith community that emphasizes God's love for all people, the intersection of spirituality and justice, and the calling to make a difference in the world. Welcome to Imagine Church!


Imagine what you could do if you knew God wouldn't let you fail!