I am thankful for joyous worship with Monticello this past Sunday. We sang beautiful music, enjoyed the energy of our children and youth, shared kind fellowship, and reflected on IDENTITY and, specifically, “I am the light of the world,” the first “I Am” statement for our new sermon series.
We know and are known through “I Am,” who has created us (Genesis 1:27) and who loves us (John 3:16). And in Jesus, “I Am the Light of the World,” God’s faithfulness and presence illuminates our own identity with the One who calls and equips (Moses), who forgives without condemnation (woman on trial) and who gives new vision and transforms us and the world. What do we see in ourselves, and what do others see in us? What “selfie” do we share, and what does it say about us? In Jesus, there is good news. May we know and see ourselves as God knows and sees us—precious and loved—and may we be firmly grounded in our identity so that we reflect into our community and world the just and loving grace of Jesus in all that we say and do.
As we look towards the fall, I encourage you to live fully into who God has created you to be, to share your gifts, and to consider ways that you can individually and collectively serve and grow as a disciple. In what way is God calling you? Study? Service? Giving? Caregiving? Teaching? Prayer? Something else? Each person received a discipleship guide this past Sunday. That guide is, also, attached to this email. Please consider responding and serving so that we continue to live and love for Christ and to live out our mission--to make and nurture disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Join in Monticello’s ministry in others ways:
“I Can Only Imagine” Movie Viewing and Discussion: The chapel Sunday school group will view “I Can Only Imagine” beginning this Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel (just off of the main gathering space). Contact Kim Stikeleather for more information. All are welcome!
Sisterhood: Join this mission-focused, women’s fellowship group, as they coordinate Mission-of-the-Month and gather on Wednesdays. The first gathering is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Maureen Price’s house (113 Blue Jay Way). Contact Maureen for more information.
Football Dinner: Monticello is partnering with the West Iredell High School Huddle Club to provide a pre-game meal for the varsity football team and cheerleading squad on Friday, September 21 at 3:30 p.m. We need greeters and servers when they arrive and eat, then we need a team to clean up and reset the gathering space. Please contact Geri Edwards to serve.
Membership Sunday: We will receive new members on Sunday, October 7 during 11:00 a.m. Homecoming worship. Please contact Pastor Amy about joining with Monticello.
HOMECOMING 2018: We will celebrate Monticello Homecoming on Sunday, October 7 with a fellowship lunch directly following. (Bring a dish to share!) Rev. Jeff Coppley will be our visiting preacher. Invite your friends, neighbors, and relatives. We are sending invitations this week. Help spread the word!
Financial Audit for 2017: The Monticello finance ministry team is organizing the annual audit for all accounts connected to Monticello. If you are a treasurer for a class, small group, outreach, etc., please submit the final December 31, 2017 statement as well as a copy of your check registry to Luann McLeod, Financial Secretary, no later than this coming Sunday, September 16. If you have questions, contact Luann.
May the love of Christ be with you so that you may share that love with others.