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Questions for Reflection and Discussion
We are providing questions that tie back to the preceding Sunday's primary reading and sermon each week. Feel free to think about these on your own, to discuss with a family member or friend, or to use these within your small group.
 
Readings: Isaiah 43:1-7; John 10:11-18
 
1. Jesus refers to himself as "the good shepherd" in John 10. Do you find this comforting, and if so, why?
2. "Shepherd" was also used to describe Israel's king. Jesus contrasts himself as shepherd to a hired hand, who is less committed to the sheep. When do you want Jesus to be your king? And...when is he more of a hired hand?
3. How do you discern Jesus' voice from among all the noise?
4. What frightens you today?
5. When is belonging to God a comfort? When is it a challenge?

Prayer and Promise - Tonight
Join Pastor Don Wednesday nights at 8 for Prayer and Promise. Each week has brought a different mix of participants and is its own unique experience. We'll connect on Zoom around prayer concerns, read a Scripture passage that communicates God's promises, and pray together. No reservations required.

Worship in August
August 23: Live Zoom Worship at 9:30 am (also recorded for later viewing)

August 30: Drive-In Worship in Parking Lot, including communion at 9:30 am
Live Zoom Worship
Join us this Sunday, August 23 for Live Zoom Worship at 9:30 am. Today's interactive worship service will be suitable for people of all ages and will include a blessing for teachers, an interactive, dialogue sermon, and a blessing for students returning back to school. Additional detailed instructions will be sent out in Saturday's worship e-mail.
Book Study
Book Discussion
Interested in joining a 'book club like' discussion on Waking Up White? Contact Mary Williams

Books are available for purchase.
Children's Ministry Kickoff
Calling all families with kids ages 4-5th grade! Our children's ministry will be kicking off the year with an in-person, outdoor, masked event on Sunday, August 30 after drive-in worship (~10:30 am) for kids ages 4 - 5th grade AND their parents (Younger & older siblings are also welcome to join us). Join us for 30 minutes of water-themed family olympics (Wear something you don't mind getting wet in!) You'll also leave with your supplies for the first month of virtual children's ministry. Register here on or before Wednesday, August 26 so we know how many people to prepare for.
JAM Kickoff
All high school students are invited to an in-person, socially- distanced, masked, outdoor kickoff event for JAM, our high school ministry, on Saturday, August 29. We'll be playing color olympics. Upon registering, you'll be assigned a color which you'll then be asked to dress in. You'll be on a team with other people dressed in your color. Together, you'll compete in a series of fun-filled events, some of which will involve water. Whether you've never been to JAM or you're a regular, we hope you'll join us! RSVP to Jen by Wednesday, Aug. 26!