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Weekly Newsletter: October 29, 2020
Weekly Newsletter:
September 2, 2021
As you know, the city of Charlotte issued a mask mandate requiring face coverings be worn in any indoor public space regardless of vaccination status; this mandate applies to all individuals who are at least four years of age. While there are exceptions for exemption from the requirements of this rule, Imagine Church is still strongly recommending the wearing of masks at our indoor worship for the time being because of the Delta Variant spread of COVID-19. Imagine Church remains committed to our biblical mandate to "love our neighbors as ourselves," and we believe wearing masks during this time protects the safety and well-being of each other, particularly the most vulnerable among us. We will have masks available on tables in the rotunda at Gordon-Conwell and encourage those who do not bring their own to wear one.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 2:
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Adult Life Group Attends "Jazz at the Garden," Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont
Advanced tickets $35.00 required; contact Lee Morgan, Virginia Russell, or Paula Davis for details

Sunday, September 5: 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:  Fake News That's Not in the Bible, Part 4 by Pastor Bruce
Separate sessions for ALL ages of Imagine Kids and Imagine Nation Youth
Proclaim - Tim Imrick; Safety & Security - Scott Tadlock

Tuesday, September 7:
7:00 p.m. Main Class, Community Bible Study (in person groups at Community Church at Lake Wylie, and Dedicated Online Groups)
Study of Revelation

Wednesday, September 8:
10:00 a.m. Wednesday Morning Women's Group, Community Bible Study, CCLW
Study of Revelation
7:00 p.m. Ladies Life Group, Home of Debra Tadlock, 117 Shimmerlake Lane, Belmont
Bible Study on Daniel and Revelation

Sunday, September 12:
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:  Fake News That's Not in the Bible, Part 5 by Pastor Bruce
Separate sessions for ALL ages of Imagine Kids and Imagine Nation Youth
Proclaim - Jim Gilkeson; Safety & Security - Nick Jones
Imagine Church Devotional
"High Business for Jesus Christ"
When I was in seminary, one of the great influences on my life was Leslie Weatherhead. He was an English theologian in the great liberal Protestant tradition and served as the longtime pastor of City Temple in London. His thoughtful and compelling writings touched me deeply and inspired me to seek an abiding personal faith.

In one of his books, he told about a Sunday School teacher in his church in London. She was having a very difficult time. She said to herself, "I'm really not cut out for this sort of thing; I cannot make the children behave, and I really don't believe that I was meant to be a Sunday School teacher."

During World War II, she received a letter which read, "My dear friend, tomorrow, for the first time, I am going into combat, and I'm not afraid. Because years ago as a small chap in your Sunday School class, you spoke of Jesus being a child's hero, and you may never have known this, but quietly, and unobtrusively, that morning as you spoke about Christ being a child's hero, I surrendered my life to the Lord Jesus Christ."

She looked at that letter while unashamed tears rolled down her face; she went back and got her diary she had kept for years, and she found this entry for that Sunday: "Oh, I must say to my pastor that I resign. I'm really not cut out to be a Sunday School teacher. This morning I tried so hard to speak to the children about Christ being a child's hero. But none of them listened; they all cut up and misbehaved; oh, all except one little boy on the end named Murray. But I guess he was just tired out." The letter she held in her hand was signed, "Murray Davis."
That day as she taught, a little boy's heart was awakened to the love of his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. You see, you never really know when you are making a difference in someone's life for God. Dr. Weatherhead ended his story by saying, "Sometimes it's the informal times, the moments when you're not even aware, when we don't even know that people are looking at us, that we are really doing 'high business' for Jesus Christ."

My Bible teacher back in the ninth grade used to remind us, "You are the best Christian somebody knows." I've come to believe she was right. With whom are you doing high business for Jesus Christ?  


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 have had a lot of fun and have learned some truth from Scripture during the weeks of our series, Fake News That's Not in the Bible. The series continues when Imagine Church gathers for worship at 10:15 a.m. this Sunday, September 5, and looks at another saying folks use that may sound biblical, though it really isn't. Because of the rise in cases of the Delta Variant of COVID-19, we will not be sharing holy communion this Sunday out of caution and care. You are invited to join us, either in person in the lovely GCTS Chapel or online on the Imagine Church Facebook page!
Building Project Update
We completed a form this week and submitted it to Brian Upton, Civil Engineer (for the Isaacs Group of Charlotte) confirming that our site plan has been developed according to York County and SCDOT ordinances as we prepare to submit our building plans and the site plan to York County for permitting purposes. In other news, Chief Buildings, supplier of the steel for the frame/skeleton of the building, has been in dialogue with Ecclesia Construction and architect David Dial to confirm specific building specifications.  The structural engineer, who is part of the architect's team, is checking off each of these as they are confirmed with the steel supplier and the contractor, as each day we get closer to submitting plans for permitting.
Golf Tournament, Charity Auction, & Taste of Lake Wylie
A few of Imagine Church's own -- Ron Domurat, Tim Imrick, David Nichols, Russ Partin, and Steve Phillips -- are organizing an amazing Charity Event:

Lake Wylie Classic
Charity Auction & Taste of Lake Wylie
~ Saturday, September 11, 2021 ~

This is an annual event that has historically raised over $100,000 each year to support the local Shriners Hospital in Greenville, SC.

Pastor Bruce will be blessing this event and the Golf Tournament the day before. Use this link to register for the golf tournament, and plan to have fun while helping a very worthy cause that weekend:

What They're Saying
I have listened to all three of your 'Fake News' sermons so far. I listened to the first one twice today. Thanks so much for these! They really speak to me. I look forward to being able to worship in person with you soon. I am getting better every week. I truly enjoy watching you preach over Facebook. I started watching you back when I was at CMC Main, and I have not stopped. You are doing great work for God's kingdom! Keep up the good work! God bless you, Pastor Bruce! I am so glad our pastor had you guest preach at Lafayette Street Church that Sunday years ago. You are a wonderful minister, and I am so blessed having the opportunity to listen to you weekly.

Peace of Christ,
Christopher Travis Hawkins - Shelby, North Carolina
You Are Invited to Join Community Bible Study
As we've said before, we believe that the Bible is God's Word. But just reading the Bible can be difficult. To actually understand it, we must study it.

Community Bible Study (CBS) offers a beautiful way to truly understand God's Word, and Pastor Bruce is encouraging everyone to join Community Bible Study for the 2021-22 Session. Beginning THIS Tuesday, September 7, we will meet weekly on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30pm at the Community Church at Lake Wylie (located at 104 Hamilton's Ferry Rd., Lake Wylie, SC). We also have remote groups that meet Wednesday mornings.

We are still accepting registrations, so please REGISTER by clicking here: CBS Registration

Steve Chole, our Praise Band guitarist/vocalist, is our Teaching Director. Other Imagine Church members involved in CBS leadership are:
Ginny Chole - Class Coordinator,
Mary Earl Click - Core Leader,
Lindy Wetherell - Core Leader, and
Julie & Kent Van Slambrook - Teen Core Leaders.

Questions? Reach out to any of the people referenced above. Or, go to https://www.communitybiblestudy.org/about/ or email us at cbsLakeWylieEve@gmail.com for more info.

We have so much to offer: Couples Groups, Women's Groups, Men's Groups, Teen Groups (we have an excellent Teen group), and Dedicated Online (Zoom) Groups. So come have some fun, and STUDY the Bible with us -- you'll be glad that you did!
Imagine Kids
This past Sunday, August 29, Gregory Roberts, with the help of Jim Hare, continued his message series about Jesus being the good shepherd. If you missed it, here it is: Jesus is the Gate! (see 24:20 minute mark).
We invite Imagine Kids of ALL ages (nursery through 5th grade) to join us at Gordon-Conwell this Sunday, September 5, when Gregory will continue his message series with his message titled Jesus is the Gate, Part 2. 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!
Memory Verse:
Parents, here is the memory verse for you to practice with your child(ren):

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." (John 10:11 NIrV)





Gregory Roberts | 704-502-3107 | ImagineKids@ImagineChurchNow.org
Imagine Nation Youth
Even though Clover didn't bring home the 'W', Imagine Nation Youth still had a blast tailgating at last Friday's football game against Myers Park. Join Imagine Nation Youth this Sunday, September 5, as Tim discusses the book of Colossians 3:23 and talks about Working for the Lord. See you then -- and bring a friend!
Looking Ahead:
This month, Imagine Life, our Imagine Youth ministry that is focused on engaging our college students and high school seniors, will meet the second Sunday on September 12 in Room 103 of GCTS. All high school seniors and college students who may happen to be in town are invited to attend and participate.
Upcoming Imagine Youth Events:
Dec. 28-30: Winter Xtreme in Gatlinburg
We've already reached capacity for Winter Xtreme, but you can still sign up until September 12th -- if we get enough additional interest, we will explore other accommodation options. So, use this link to register if you haven't already done so: Winter Xtreme 2021

We'll meet immediately after service on Sunday, September 12, to review the Winter Extreme schedule, concerts, housing arrangements, and answer questions.

Also, stay tuned for more youth events coming this Fall including Scarowinds and much more!
Weekly Devotion:

One time, my grandma made a pumpkin pie and she used chili powder instead of nutmeg as one of the ingredients. When we ate the pie, we were surprised at how bad it tasted. One small ingredient in the batter made a huge impact on the flavor of the pie.

Today’s Bible verse talks about the importance of words. Words are small things that make a huge impact. A word can tear someone down or build them up. And while it’s easy to take our words for granted, we should be trying to do what we can to speak words of life to others.

Our words should be good and helpful. They should be words that build others up and encourage them. So today, as you’re speaking, take notice of the words you use. Ask God to help you use words that are good, helpful, and encouraging!

Take a Moment to Pray: God, help me to put a guard over my mouth. Help me to remember to use language that builds others up rather than words that tear people down. I ask for your help today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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
SEPTEMBER'S MISSION FOCUS:
~ Partnering with Kinard Elementary ~
"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly." ~ Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)
For the month of September, the Missions Team will focus on educating you about opportunities that exist to make an impact on the children at Kinard Elementary School in Clover, SC, a Title I school where 40% or more of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch and are eligible for school-wide programs that benefit all students in the school. Parent participation and involvement are encouraged in all Title I schools, but because many parents work during the school day, there is a huge opportunity for our church family to make an impact by volunteering in classrooms, eating lunch with students, and mentoring students, among other things.
Please take a moment to view and listen to this video of Mr. George Smith, Principal of Kinard Elementary:


Mr. Smith strives to "Lead the Way to Greatness" by providing high-quality instruction based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for all children through the various curricular and extracurricular opportunities available in a loving and positive learning environment. He also looks to provide students with opportunities that build positive relationships in collaborative working environments. Therefore, throughout this month of September, we will highlight opportunities to help the students at Kinard ranging from collecting school supplies to mentoring students who are in need of an adult in their corner. Please watch the video, stay tuned for more information, and get involved.
We Thank You for Making Our Ministry Possible
God is undoubtedly at work in the life of our church family, and your generous giving helps to keep Imagine Church's ministry alive and vital. If you are led to make a tithe, offering, or gift, we offer 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 will meet at 7:00 p.m. at Debra Tadlock's beautiful home (117 Shimmerlake Ln, Belmont, NC) on Wednesday, September 8, where they will continue with their Bible study series of Daniel and Revelation.

Please 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 - This Saturday
Thy Guys & Cars Life Group enjoyed their day of fellowship and fun last Saturday at the York Summer Fest Car Show Benefit in downtown York. Stay tuned for details about upcoming events and outings from the Guys & Cars Life Group, and reach out to Jim Gilkeson with any questions.

Jim Gilkeson | 803-627-6637gilkesonj@gmail.com

Adult Life Group
You are invited to join the Adult Life Group TONIGHT, Thursday, September 2, for "Jazz at the Garden" at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Advanced tickets are required and are $35. Bring a lawn chair and picnic, or you can order dinner from the DSBG website if you would prefer.



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

"I wrote this song in the middle of all the uncertainty happening. I was feeling overwhelmed, confused, and not at peace. I felt the battle in my mind constantly. I kept saying to myself, 'I can't wait to get through this,' and God spoke to my heart and said, 'Jeremy, I want this to get through to you.' I realized that all those lies from the enemy seemed to be the loudest in my mind, but then I realized that they had no real power when I lay them at the feet of Jesus. My Savior breaks through the noise with His peace and hope that we so desperately need. When He speaks, mountains can move, and fear is traded for peace. Chains can be broken, and lies are drowned out."
~ Jeremy Camp


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

Bible Verse of Encouragement:
 
"The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
~ John 6:63 (NLT)
Prayers and Praises
We extend deepest Christian sympathy to Jeff and Linda Delp of the Imagine Church family, whose nephew, Rylee McCallum, was one of the U.S. military personnel who was killed in the explosion at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan last week. Rylee lived in Jackson, Wyoming, and his wife is pregnant with their first child, a little girl who is due to be born in three weeks. Our prayers are with her along with Jeff and Linda and other members of this family.

We pray for those in Louisiana and in other places who have been affected by Hurricane Ida this week. May we help serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are in need.

We pray for those in our church family, as well as our friends, who are battling the Delta Variant of Covid-19. We pray for their quick and complete healing and a return to full health.

We ask for prayers for Angie Dennis who has recently returned home after having spent several days at Atrium Health in Pineville.

We also hold in our daily prayers Jerry Brownlee (father of Lydia Smith), Greg and Cindy Holman (brother-in-law and sister of Adrienne Lanier), and Cheryl Wells, Harry Floyd, and Kathy Stone, friends of many in Imagine Church, who are battling illness.

Congratulations and best wishes to Jess Erickson and Chris Scarborough who were joined in marriage on Saturday, August 21, at a private wedding venue in Asheville, NC. We wish them God's every blessing as they begin this new chapter in life together.
Happy Birthday!
We send heartfelt and happy birthday greetings to these Imagine Church family members who have birthdays throughout the next two weeks:
Sep 2.......Linda Delp
Sep 5.......Bella Grace Ward
Sep 7.......Alex Piehl
Sep 10.....Aurelia Stanford
Sep 11.....Bonita Nugent
Sep 12.....Trever Flott
Sep 14.....Brittany McInnis
Sep 16.....Ken Moreno
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?
Children are very important to us at Imagine Church, and we are committed to their safety and to providing an environment where we share God's amazing love and grace so that they may grow in faith. We believe it's okay to communicate in a way that's fun, and it's smart to use language they can understand. That's what we do at Imagine Church!
Why can't church be more like that?