Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Video: Kenwood Church Elders & Board Updates from 10 18 20

ANNOUNCEMENT by Dennis Fletcher (co-chairman of the elders)

Good morning, 

The elders are asking for you to join us in prayer as we consider what worship service options are available to us going forward while continuing to balance safety concerns with going back inside the building.

These are not easy decisions given our great concern for one another and those “at risk” among us as well as contemplating the many potential restrictions being in the building such as:

  1. Needing to wearing a mask throughout the service except when taking communion
  2. Limiting interactions with each other
  3. Risk of singing in the building
  4. Limited seating capacity and the need to potentially use both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall
  5. Many tight areas for traffic flow in the building
  6. Attesting to not being sick or having been exposed to someone with COVID-19 as you enter the building
  7. Agreeing to being notified if we become aware that someone is sick

Please keep us in your prayers and ask God guide us in making the best decision.

We will share updates with you at the soonest possible point.

On behalf of the elders, we thank you for your prayers and continued support.


Announcement – Flat Roofs by Dion Parker (chairman of the general church board)

October 18, 2020

Over the past several years, we have been blessed by the Lord to be in a financial position to make the necessary improvements to keep our building and property in good shape and operating efficiently.

Interior renovations have included carpet replacement, new pew chairs, upgraded audio and video equipment, just to name a few things.

As for the outside of our building, we have been able to replace the peaked singled roof in November of 2014 at a cost of ~$30,000 and the garage roof in October of 2016 at a cost of ~$5,000. We have made significant parking lot repairs over the past several years and continue to monitor it and make repairs as needed.

Now we need to turn our attention to the flat roofs.

·        We have been monitoring their condition and making repairs as needed to extend their life.

·        Our flat roofs are 25 years old

·        They have been extended past their normal life expectancy through annual maintenance

Recently, the south flat roof has started leaking and needs to be replaced. Because of this, the general board has approved the trustees to spend up to $40,000 to:

·        Replace the south flat roof

·        Replace the south overhang

·        Make any necessary repairs to the north flat roof

The board considers all of these repairs as a good investment in our building.

We have been prudent with our spending, and we will continue to be good stewards of what God has blessed us with.

If you have any questions about any of these topics, please feel free to contact myself or any of the board members.

From the elders and general board, we thank you for your continued support and prayers.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

VIDEO: 10-18-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Goodness”

  VIDEO: 10-18-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Goodness”

As we worship together "from house to house," we look to our good God.  Our God who loves us.  Our God who offers us His goodness.   Our God who gives us the fruit of His Spirit, goodness.

If you cannot join us this Sunday, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos.  We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper.  In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart.  Pray for one another.  Watch my message CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Goodness.  Respond to the invitation.  Enjoy the bonus video.

WORSHIP




COMMUNION

Read Acts 20:7a, “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.”  Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, "Father, we are grateful to have this opportunity on the first day of the week to celebrate this meal.  Jesus, we proclaim your death until you return.  Spirit, we ask you to empower us to fulfill our mission.  In Jesus' name, amen."

Take the Lord's Supper.

PRAYER

Pray as COVID-19 cases rise across our country.

MESSAGE

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. 


But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 


Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬



CHALLENGE

This week repent for any action you have taken that has not come from the goodness that God has placed in you through His Holy Spirit.  Write down two actions you could have taken in that situation that would have demonstrated the fruit of the Spirit.  If possible, confess your shortcoming to the person who should have been blessed by the fruit of goodness.  Live a good life this week.

INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (toddlackie@kenwoodchurch.org).  I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.

Bonus Video



Saturday, October 10, 2020

VIDEO: 10-11-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness”

 VIDEO: 10-11-20 Sermon "CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness”

As we worship together "from house to house," we cherish our closeness with our Father.  His kindness knows no end.  His love has washed over us.  His goodness is evident.

If you cannot join us this Sunday, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos.  We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper.  In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart.  Pray for one another.  Watch my message CHRISTIAN CHARACTER IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Kindness.  Respond to the invitation.  Enjoy the bonus video.

WORSHIP





COMMUNION

Read Titus 3:4-7, "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. "  Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, "Father, we are blessed by your kindness and love.  Your mercy has given us hope where there was no hope.  Your grace has made us heirs.  Thank you for your son, Jesus.  In Jesus' name, amen."

Take the Lord's Supper.

PRAYER

Pray for our church to demonstrate the kindness of God to those who need it.  Pray for each of us that we might show kindness to those we encounter.  Pray for receptive hearts for those we share the kindness of God with.

MESSAGE

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. 


But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 


Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬



CHALLENGE

Demonstrate your usefulness by being kind to someone this week.  This comes from our inner goodness, not the deservedness of the recipient.  Be kind like God is kind to you.


INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (toddlackie@kenwoodchurch.org).  I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.

Bonus Video