Dear Congregational Family,

1. Holy Communion: This Sunday, Holy Communion will be offered at each of our services (8:30am, 11:00am, 6:00pm). Holy Communion was one of the four important distinguishing marks of the early church and continues to be in all Christian churches.

The four marks/priorities are (see Acts 2:42):
a. Devoted to the preaching/teaching of God’s Word,
b. Prayer,
c. The Sacraments of Communion and Baptism,
d. Fellowship together as Christians.

This Sunday is also when our Confirmands will be receiving their first Holy Communion (11:00 service). We want to be together with them on this special day! They have long been members of our church, but now they will be joined as “communing members” as well. At Ruthfred, we also desire for children to come to the altar rail with their families to receive a blessing. The Christian church has always understood Holy Communion to be a time of uniting together with Christ, and also with in the Body (Church) of Christ. Let us come together in prayerful preparation and openness of heart to receive Christ “in, with and under” the bread and the wine.

2. Youth: What do they look/come for in a church? What do they really want? (Church leadership guru, Carey Nieuwhof, wrote these thoughts last week)

Believe it or not, more than cool or skinny jeans, they want:

a. Your time.
b. Your heart.
c. And your attention.

And they want a chance to actually connect with people.

As a result, churches that elevate community will do better with teens and young adults than churches that don’t. So how do you do that? Well, prioritize chances to serve, connect and grow together. A great small group strategy and serving strategy can help so much with this.

Community doesn’t mean that everyone has to know everyone (a myth by which many small churches live and die). But it does mean everyone needs to know someone.
Relationship is something every church can be great at doing!
(This summer, look for ways to connect with others from church!)

3. Dr. Don Bierle, founder of FaithSearch International will be teaching Sunday School on June 9th as well as an afternoon session in the Fellowship Hall after lunch at 12:45pm. He will be speaking about his faith journey from an atheist biology university professor to becoming a devoted follower of Jesus. Plan your schedule now, to be part of these events!

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

Pastor Carlson