Masks. Race. Politics. Election Results. It seems like so much of what we have experienced over the last year has included disagreement, division, and conflict. Furthermore, this hasn’t simply been true in the culture at large, it’s also been true in church. So, how do we respond to this polarization and disunity? As we come out of the pandemic, our last series focused on moving forward individually—this series will discuss how we can move forward as a church. Now more than ever, our divided world needs a united church!
Live Well Elective | Sundays in August | 9 AM | Room 302
In August, a follow-up elective will provide an opportunity to engage the topics from the Live Well series in interactive ways. Our prayer is that you are encouraged and strengthened to take next steps in creating wellness practices in your personal life. This is another way to create a better self-awareness and grow in your relationship with Jesus and with others. The electives will be held at 9 AM in room 302.
- August 1 | Live Well Relationally | Eileen Gardner
- Eileen Gardner is a professional counselor who will focus specifically on how healthy boundaries are foundational to healthy relationships.
- August 8 | Live Well Spiritually | Deb Hinkel and Melody Miller
- Deb and Melody will focus on practices and decisions that lead to spiritual transformation. Melody will be sharing her story about ways God has worked in her life as she implemented spiritual rhythms in her life.
- August 15 | Live Well Physically | Emma Nemeth and Ross Umberger
- Emma Nemeth is a registered dietician with UPMC, and Ross Umberger is a registered trainer and fitness professional. Emma and Ross will discuss ways to incorporate healthy habits in nutrition, exercise, and rest.
- August 22 | Live Well Emotionally | Jerry Evens
- Jerry Evens is a professional counselor who will talk about ways to recognize the connection between our emotionality and spirituality, focusing on developing an awareness of the impact of positive and negative emotions.
Devotional & Discussion Questions
Where are we?
What is the greatest threat to the church today?
The Way of the World (vv. 1-3)
New Life in Christ (vv. 4-10)
New Community in Christ (vv. 11-22)
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6)
We are unified in a shared identity and a shared mission.
What this is NOT:
- Unity at any cost
- Absence of conflict
How do we “make every effort”?