A Sunday Morning Shift

In light of the never-ending overdose of news, I want to encourage you to maintain a calm and prayerful spirit. In my own spiritual disciplines, I am attempting to follow a simple guideline:

  1. Don’t try to keep up with the news every 20 - 30 minutes; instead, give yourself an hour or two—or more—to be free from checking the news (after all, you can easily catch up with the news later in the day).
  2. Take time each day to simply be quiet and prayerful—no music, no talking, no interruptions. Reflect on God’s love for you and the world in Jesus Christ. (You can do it!)
  3. Do something good today for someone else. (“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9)

Finally, be diligent in not allowing the chaos and confusion of our times rob you of the joy that God intends for each and every one of us. Remember the Apostle Paul’s charge to the early church when he admonished them, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice” (Letter to the Philippians 4:4). Paul wrote those words during a time of great distress in his personal life and during a time of great turmoil in the midst of the congregation.
 
On a different note, I want to let you know that after many months of study, reflection, and prayer, the NAPC Session has approved a slightly changed Sunday morning schedule that will go into effect on August 19. The new Sunday schedule is as follows:

  • 9 - 10 a.m.
    Contemporary Service (Sanctuary)
  • 10 - 10:15 a.m.
    Fellowship (Hospitality Hall)
  • 10:15 - 11:10 a.m. 
    Discipleship Classes (Various Locations)
  • 11:10 - 11:15 a.m. 
    Transition to Worship
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Traditional Service (Sanctuary)
  • 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. 
    Fellowship (Hospitality Hall)
  • 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
    Evening Service (Sanctuary)

We are excited that the addition of only 15 minutes in the overall morning schedule will open rich time for fellowship and discipleship. You will hear more about these changes in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!  
 
As always, I encourage you to do everything possible to remain generous in your financial giving through NAPC during these summer months and always.
 
With much anticipation,

Scott

Pop-Up Mission Conference

Dear NAPC Family & Friends,

This coming Sunday will be a true highlight in the life of our congregation with our first ever “Pop-Up” Mission Conference. Our guests include two especially dynamic and gifted global Christians who are pastor-theologians, the Rev. Dr. Riad Kassis and the Rev. Dr. José Pezini. Both men have been personal friends of mine for many years, and both have a long and rich history with NAPC.
 
Dr. Pezini and his wife are originally from Brazil and were members of North Avenue for a number of years. He served The Outreach Foundation as a church planter of Portuguese speaking congregations up and down the East Coast of the United States.  His ministry among these communities is legendary, as God has gifted him with strong gifts of vision, preaching, leadership, and mentoring.  He will be speaking in the Gym at 10 a.m. in the Foundations Class about his current ministry in Brazil.   
 
Dr. Kassis is also an esteemed pastor and theologian and good friend of North Avenue. He and his family sojourned with us during the year he was on sabbatical at Columbia Theological Seminary.  His messages to our congregation during that year were riveting as he shared theological insights from the perspective of a Middle Eastern theologian. He will be preaching in both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services, drawing on the Book of Habakkuk. 
 
An additional Sunday opportunity will take place at 12:15 p.m. in The Underground, the youth space on the first floor.  That discussion will focus on how all of us can learn from one another across our cultural and racial backgrounds.  Then, on Sunday evening at 5:45 p.m. in the Broyles Auditorium, Matt Seadore will interview Dr. Kassis about what the Middle Eastern Church and North American Church can learn from one another.
 
Please join us for any or all of these important occasions to grow our faith and deepen our connections with the global church.
 
With joy and anticipation,

Scott