The world changed this past year, but our mission hasn't. Let's recommit ourselves anew to unity, purpose and Jesus Christ--our only hope.
So much learning
It has been one year since the world started shutting down because of COVID. What have we learned? (So many things!) What have YOU learned? I could write a volume on the things the church has learned, but this one thing I know: the world has changed - but our mission hasn't. Whether in-person (we saw our largest in-person attendance since COVID began last Sunday) or online (we consistently see 5000 people participating/watching on screens), we are still on a mission to help people find hope and a home in Jesus.
I sense Easter will be special this year. Will you join me in praying for God to move in powerful ways? Will you start thinking about who you will invite even now? Our theme is Graves & Gardens, and it will be a rich experience - both in-person and online.
Be sure to register for the service you'd like to attend (8:30am, 10am or 11:30am), as we want to provide safe space for everyone.
While inviting people is one great way to participate in the good news of Easter, serving all the guests coming is another great way.
We will definitely need some extra people, if you are willing! Consider attending one service and serving at another.
We have two key opportunities to serve:
- You can join our Guest Experience team in making Whitewater feel like home - sign up here
- You can give hope to all the kids coming by serving in Harbortown KIDS - sign up here
We are inviting anyone who has not yet been immersed in baptism to go All-In on Easter Sunday. (I know some of you have been thinking about it!) For more info on baptism, click the button below.
Note: As we prepare for this and the life-changing decisions people will make that day, we're looking for some gently used sweatpants and shirts of all sizes, kids and adults, for people to wear into the water. Just bring them with you and drop off at the Info Desk this Sunday.
Info on Baptism
Life with COVID and moving forward
COVID has been much more stressful and complex than I ever imagined. I've made some good decisions but also made some mistakes - bet you have, too. However, I feel a renewed passion and energy for the lost people of Greater Cincinnati and to keep our church healthy and thriving. There's nothing like it when it's working right! So keep the main focus of your life on Jesus right now. He is definitely at work, even in ways you cannot see. He is a God who turns Graves into Gardens.
Nic Gonzales and his wife, Jaci have been a huge blessing to us. They are with us regularly both on stage and behind-the-scenes as worship coaches and leaders. Nic sent me a great illustration on how the evil one works to divide us. And boy, has he been at work through this crazy COVID season to distract, discourage, and divide.
"A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four."
-Aesop, sixth century B.C.
This past year has often seen the church (our church, too) politicized, polarized, and paralyzed. As we strategically move the church forward out of COVID let's recommit ourselves anew to unity, purpose, and Jesus Christ. He's the only hope we have.