August Sermon Series at IPUMC
Disciples Make Disciples
“19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” Matthew 28:19-20
The purpose of our congregation is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Discipleship is an ongoing process of being shaped and mentored in our faith, while inviting others to be shaped and mentored by this faith. We believe disciples are formed through a process of CONNECTING with God and one another, GROWING in our knowledge and love of God and each other, and SERVING God and our neighbor.
Throughout the month of August we will explore the disciple making process that is the core of who we believe God is calling us to be at Inman Park Church. Join us as we explore:
August 6: Disciples Making Disciples
August 13: Connecting with Jesus and Others
August 20: Growing in our Faith
August 27: Serving One Another
The History of the Bible in English
The translation of the Bible into English was part of a social, political and religious revolution. The Bible helped shape and form the English language. Join us for a new Adult Grow Study on Sunday mornings as pastor Max leads us through this story. We gather around 9:45 in the library.
August 6 – Predecessors to the English Bible
August 13 – English Bible Translations before the King James Version
August 20 – The King James Version
August 27 – English Bible Translations after the King James Version
September 3 – New Discoveries and Ongoing Issues in Translation
It’s time to sign up to SERVE for Festival! This is a great opportunity for fellowship and to SERVE in our community. We need your help to make this a success! Multiple volunteers are still needed!
Volunteer positions include kitchen prep, golf cart breakfast delivery, and food service under the tent. Partial shift volunteers may be needed as well, so make a note in your sign-up if you’d like to help but can only do a partial shift. Get to know your church family in a whole new way! Click here to sign up!
Tour of Homes
The church will also be on the Festival Tour of Homes. If you would like to sign up to SERVE as a “sitter” for the church on the Tour, please click here for the main Festival volunteer page and scroll down til you see Inman Park Church.Volunteers are still needed! Two volunteers are needed for each shift.
Mark your calendars for March 31st! Each guest should bring your favorite board game to share! We will need dinner provided and 2 adult volunteers. Contact Cecelia (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or can help out!
Britney Toner, our Intern, will lead a new Adult GROW Group starting Sunday March 19 at 9:45a in the Library. This six week Adult GROW experience entitled “Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice” will have a weekly focus on a biblical story, time of discussion, writing and prayer. Come discover how to creatively engage with the biblical story and let it transform your life!
We will have shared Holy Week services with Grace UMC, New Church UMC and St. Mark UMC.
Inman Park UMC will host a Maundy Thursday worship service with communion on Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7pm.
New Church will have prayer stations set up in their sanctuary during the day on Good Friday, April 14 from 11am-1pm (1561 McLendon Ave NE).
Grace UMC will be hosting an Easter Sunrise service on the Beltline at 7am on April 16 (click here for info). All are welcome (including pets!).
Lent began on March 1, Ash Wednesday. We have multiple resources to help you focus on your call to be a disciple of Jesus during this season.
The Sanctuary for Lent is a daily devotional for each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter. There is a brief scripture reading for each day followed by a brief mediation and sentence prayer. If you do not have a daily practice of personal Scripture reading and prayer, consider using one of these devotionals throughout these 40 days. We will also have a Love Life Live Lent Children’s Lenten devotional available as well. Love Life Live Lent offers 40 age-appropriate actions for each day of Lent to make the world a better place—locally, nationally, and globally.
Lenten Sermon Series: Living Our Baptism – Lent is often thought of as a time to give something up; a time to focus on more intentional practices of prayer, scripture reading and fasting. We often forget that this tradition comes from the early church practice of using the season of Lent as a time to prepare people to join the church. Early Christians were often baptized and received into church membership on Easter Sunday. For the forty days before Easter Sunday (not counting Sundays), those wishing to join the church on Easter would gather to receive instruction in the meaning and practice of baptism. So this year for Lent, Pastor Max has prepared a series of sermons around our practice of baptism, the promises God makes to us and we make to God in this sacrament. I hope this time will be a season for you to recommit to live your baptismal vows.
March 5: Remember Who You Are (Matthew 4.1-11)
March 12: Accept What God Gives You (John 3.1-17)
March 19: Confessing Our Faith (John 4.7-29)
March 26: Nurture One Another (John 9.1-16)
April 2: Believe (John 11.1-27)
Three Simple Rules is a book by bishop Reuben Job that outlines what the Methodist church teaches as the way of discipleship. Wesley summarized this as: 1) Do no harm. 2) Do good. and 3) Stay in love with God. through using the means of grace. This short little book is a great summary of what we ask members of our church to commit to as the core of Methodist teaching and practice. We have copies available for $5 at the church.
What is Lent?
Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the season of the church that leads up to Easter. Not totally sure what “Lent” is and why everyone’s talking about it? Lent is a season of the Christian Year when Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. Click here for more information on what Lent is and ideas you can try during this Lenten season.
We need volunteers to SERVE at the Refugee Apartment Move In! On Saturday, January 21st we are setting up an apartment for a family of 5 coming from Somali (through Ethiopia). We need four teams of volunteers:
- Movers – John Dwyer is Team Lead. We need 6-8 strong folks able to lift and carry furniture up stairs. Meet at church at 8am. Volunteers needed for this Team!
- Assemble Beds – We need a team to assemble the beds at the apartment before the movers arrive. Rick Yates is Team Lead. A group of 4 would be ideal.
- Unpackers – Nancy Morrison and Helen Cunningham are Team Leaders for this team. This team will unpack and set up the apartment (no more volunteers needed for Unpackers).
- Grocery Shoppers – We need a team that can go grocery shopping (cost of food will be reimbursed) for the items listed. Diya Luke is Team Lead. Click here for the grocery list.
All teams can meet at the church at 8am on Saturday morning. Contact Helen Cunningham if you have questions (email@example.com). Thank you for your willingness to SERVE!