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We Need to Hear From You!

Fall Women’s Bible study (see previous post for study details) will begin Tuesday, September 12, and believe it or not, it’s time for us to find out who can attend. All are welcome (church members, attenders, friends, neighbors, etc.), and we’d be delighted to meet new friends and welcome new participants. Please get in touch with us no later than August 31 to communicate your intention to join the group! (WomensCareTeam@harborchurch.org) This will allow us to plan childcare (provided), order the books at lower cost to you, and make sure the space we plan to use will accommodate our group. Our fall session will meet at the church 9:30 – 11:15  Tuesday mornings from September 12 – December 12, taking November 21 off for Thanksgiving.

Unable to meet on Tuesdays but would like to study along with the group? Send us an email and let us know if you’d like to order a book and be on our email list. Group participants receive a weekly email reviewing/ summarizing our discussion time and study focus for the week (check out our Women’s Care Team Blog to see past email posts). We look forward to our time together!

Fall 2017 Women’s Bible Study

Have you ever wondered how the various books of the Bible fit together, or if we are supposed to find an overarching message threaded through its pages from Genesis to Revelation? Have you wondered how the parts of scripture relate to the whole? Have you struggled to understand your place in relationship to God’s revelation of himself to us in his word? If you’ve ever wrestled with questions like these, I hope you will join us for our fall 2017 Women’s Bible study, From Garden to Glory by Courtney Doctor. From Garden to Glory is a 10-week Bible study on the Bible’s story for women of all ages and backgrounds. Please check out the video above, and make plans to join us on Tuesday mornings starting in September for the study! Feel welcome to invite your friends, neighbors and community members to participate. Email the Women’s Care Team (womenscareteam@harborchurch.org) for additional information.

Women’s Prayer Triads

At Harbor we believe prayer is vital in growing our relationship with the Lord, in expressing our dependence upon Him, and in participating in God’s kingdom work. One goal of women’s ministry at Harbor is to provide opportunities for women to grow in friendships that point them to the Lord. Prayer Triads (resource link below) connect prayer to women’s relationships by encouraging women towards praying together intentionally in small groups. The resource provided was presented to the women of Harbor during the Sunday School time on Sunday February 26, 2017. We hope it is an encouragement to you to grow in relationship with the Lord and with each other. If you have any questions about the resource or are interested in being a part of a prayer triad, the members of the WCT would be glad to assist you.

Harbor Prayer Triad Explanation CLICK HERE

Green Card Series Discussion

This summer, one of the activities we have planned for the Sunday school hour is a roundtable discussion with Pastor Michael and the elders based on questions or topics suggested by you.  To submit any question or topic you would like to talk about, just fill out a card or email the church office. There are no questions off limits! Return your green topic/question card any Sunday and place it in the box on the table where our “Announcements” board is located. Round-Table Sundays: June 18, July 9, July 30, & August 13

Harbor Summer Tuesdays!

Parents & Grandparents, bring you children and grandchildren to enjoy weekly kid-friendly outings on Tuesday mornings beginning June 6th! We will meet at 9:30am at each location (unless otherwise noted on the schedule). Sign-up for those Tuesdays you are interested in participating in, by sending an email to Lindsay at lindsaycolvard@gmail.com or the sign-up sheet in the lobby. We may need to make last-minute changes based on weather and attendance, so please sign up so we don’t miss you! We’ll be going bowling, to Hope Splash Park, Fairview UMC Playground, Bellingham Park, Dan Nicholas & Cornelius Road Parks, Gem Theatre, Mazeppa Park.

Women’s Bible Study Archives

Click HERE for the Judges and Ruth devotionals from this past year.

 

2nd Annual Sonrise Service

When? Easter Morning, 6:45am

Who?    Many local churches will be coming together to worship the risen Christ. There will congregational singing, a short Easter message (Michael Colvard), and an opportunity to fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ from our area before you celebrate Easter at your own home Church

Where?   Bellingham Park, Mooresville NC

What to bring?   Lawn Chair for sitting

4/24 Monday Morning Quarterbacking

In light of yesterday’s sermon about the pillar of cloud and fire, I wanted to follow-up with one point I made towards the end of the sermon:

How is your body the temple?

On the list of misquoted Bible verses, 1 Cor 6:19 must be one of the most frequent. Some of the problem stems from a general arc in today’s theology toward a ‘therapeutic’ approach to the Bible. This results in an emphasis on what can ‘faith’ do for me now: how can it solve the problems I have in this life? For the record, I don’t think it’s illegitimate to talk about how genuine faith can (many times) make this life better, it just can’t be the whole story (e.g. Jesus talks about true disciples must expect suffering, persecution, etc. which doesn’t fit with ‘our best life now’ theology).

In this vein, 1 Cor 6:19 is used by some to talk about a biblical basis for the pursuit of good health. “Eat right! Exercise!” we are told because “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” I have heard someone once state that a certain diet is ‘cleansing the temple’ just like Jesus drove out the money changers. While this kind of thinking may help someone shed a few pounds, it really detracts from the original meaning of the verse. On the one hand, our bodies are a gift from God, and it is part of Christian stewardship to care well for what we are given (this is a historic argument against self-harm). On the other hand, the context of 1 Cor 6:19 has more to do with the moral use of our bodies. Here are the preceding verses:

1Cor 6:16-19 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?

Rather than speaking of the latest organic food fad, Paul, here, is informing the Corinthians not to sleep with prostitutes (how about that for pastoral advice to a local church!) and points to the larger issue of sexual immorality.  Sexual intimacy is not only a physical union but a spiritual one as well. This is the blessing of sexual intimacy when it is in its proper context of marriage, but becomes disastrous outside its proper context. Paul further argues that we also can’t treat this topic casually because, as believers, we are united to Christ by the Holy Spirit. TheHoly Spirit dwells in the hearts of believers just like He dwelled in the temple (which connects back to the pillar of cloud and fire of Exodus). And just like in the Old Testament the temple was to be kept pure and holy from anything that could defile it since there was God’s presence, so should we seek purity in how we use our bodies.

The beauty of this text (that I explored briefly in the sermon) is that this is how God dwells with His people: the Spirit dwells in us and among us as the body of Christ. The challenge of this text is that God’s presence is not only a great comfort, but it is also motivation to flee from temptation. And the power to flee from temptation (sexual or otherwise) resides in the Spirit’s work within us, changing our hearts and strengthening us to fight sin in our lives.

Preaching this Week

This week I will be taking a little break in preparation for Easter. So this Sunday, I am excited to announce pastor Josh Kwasny will be our guest preacher. Josh and our family go way back to his days as the youth director at Redeemer (PCA) in Winston-Salem when Lindsay and I attended Wake Forest University. Originally from the Chicago area, Josh has been a pastor, speaker, and mentor for over the past 15 years. Josh married his high school sweetheart 20 years ago, has three girls and two boys and currently lives in Columbus, NC.

Easter Activities 2017

Here’s what we have going on this Easter Season:

  • Palm Sunday: April 9th
  • No Midweek@Harbor
  • Maundy Thursday Service: April 13th at 6:30 pm
  • Lake Norman Sonrise Service: April 16th at 6:45 am at Bellingham Park, Mooresville NC
  • Easter Service: April 16th at 9:30 am, no Sunday school that Sunday