Worship July 26 at 11am

Scripture: Matthew 4: 18-22 NRSV
Sermon: Right Now Means Right Now!

 
Don’t forget, in order to worship together, you must wear a safety mask at all times.

We have been meeting back in our sanctuary and chapel now for a month and it has been great to be back in the house of the Lord. We have to adhere to strict guidelines and follow several restrictions and this has made it somewhat challenging as you can imagine. My hope, our hope and prayer, is that we are keeping God in the center of all of our worship and that we put forth an excellent worship experience for you whether you are in person or watching on line. We do this because we are called to do so. We have heard God’s call to lead worship and we have responded in ways we hope and pray glorify God. This pandemic season we are still very much in has made this difficult at times, but we trust God in all aspects and through all the challenges. In our attempt to offer something for everyone we understand this may not be completely possible, but we are doing our best. I fully believe that when God calls us to do anything for Him, that if we give it our best, He will be glorified and His will can be done. When Jesus called His first disciples they too had to respond.
 
Our scripture reading for this Sunday is from Matthew 4:18-22 where Jesus called Peter and Andrew to follow Him and then He called James and John to do the same. They responded immediately. We must do the same because I believe when Jesus calls us to do something He means right now. We must be in tune to His calling even after we’ve received Him into our hearts and accepted Him as Lord and Savior. I can’t help but wonder what God is calling us to do next as His church. Are we to stay open even though more and more positive Covid results are continuing to climb in our area? If we remain in the red zone of warnings we will have to go back to on-line worship only. I must be open to God’s calling and I ask you to pray for me and other pastors as we make this difficult decisions. On a more personal, individual basis – what is God calling you to do right now? How are you going to respond?
 
I have a couple of specific prayer requests that I want to ask the Body of Christ to keep in mind. Please continue to pray for our elderly members and shut-ins for their health and safety as well as their mental and spiritual health. Also, pray for teachers, parents, and children as they figure out how best to handle the upcoming school year. And finally, I ask that you join me in praying for our new district superintendent, Rev. Dr. Rodrigo Cruz, as he leads us and all churches in our newly designed district. Thank you all.

Remember, God loves you and so do I.

-Pastor Eddie
Staff Weekly Devotional
Watch members of our very own church staff share a quick devotional.
Behind the Music...
Looking at this week's music through an historical lens.
I have sung the little hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” most of my life. I had no idea of the amazing story behind it involving missions, and faith….well just listen to this story, it is amazing. You will never sing the words again with the same heart.

"I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
Though none go with me, I still will follow
No turning back
The Cross before me, the world d behind me
No turning back"
Needed For Music Ministry
Do you have any wooden TV Tray/Tables that you can spare? Our music ministry needs several for the coming music season.
It does not need to be a set, it can be a miscellaneous one here and there.
Contact Susan Farris if you can help. Thank you!
Christian Education: Leaders Needed!
Are you available to facilitate a zoom Bible Study or topical study in the fall or winter season of 2020-2021. Please let Sandra Hunter know as soon as possible! We are gearing up our study offerings for the upcoming fall season and can help you find a study or will be able to support your idea as well. Wednesday Night online classes will begin Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7pm. Deadline is Sunday, August 9.
Check out what our Creation Kids learned last Sunday!
Ongoing Ministries
Jet Set
The Jet Set Officers have made the decision to delay in-person gatherings for the immediate future. The August, September and October meetings are canceled. Hopefully the December meeting can be held, but time will tell!
Please continue to check in on members of this group as we all seek to stay safe and healthy.
JetSet
JOY Bible Study
( J ust O lder Y outh)
JOY is now meeting via conference call each Wednesday
(no Jet Set at this time). Call 205-825-9243 just before 10AM to join us for a devotional, prayer and a time of
connecting with one another. JOY welcomes any ladies who would like to connect with our group,
Contact  Bobbye Raye Kennison  for info on the upcoming study.
Senior Men's Bible Study
Thursdays weekly | 11:45am 
The Men’s study is meeting online on Thursdays. Currently continuing in 2 Corinthians, we are seeking options for the next course of study. If you have an idea for a study, now would be a good time to get involved.
Contact Tom Waits for details.
There is Power in Prayer!
We want to pray for you and your concerns and needs, and invite you to pray as well! If you would like to receive a weekly prayer list, or be included in the prayer email chain, please email  prayers@norcrossfirst.org 
These requests can be private, shared only with the Pastor/staff, or public, shared with pray-ers within our congregation.

Believers Praying
At this time the group is not meeting, but continues
to faithfully pray.
Articles and Announcements
Submission of articles and announcements for the weekly newsletter and bulletin must be received by Noon Monday weekly. Email Andie Ashe: communications@norcrossfirst.org

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