Sharing Our Faith

What do we believe and why do we believe it?  In our society, conflicting beliefs about climate change, the value of individual life, and how to help the disadvantaged provide fuel for arguments, protests, and gridlock in legislative assemblies.  A multitude of religious groups voice a cacophony of doctrines, rituals, and methods to meet spiritual needs, while atheists and agnostics scorn religion.

We often believe what we believe because people we trust or organizations we respect have taught us those beliefs.  We trust them, so we accept what they give us.  Several of our members come from families who have worshiped with churches of Christ for multiple generations.  Others heard what our preachers proclaimed or our members taught with initial doubt, then after consideration and varying degrees of inner struggle, converted to what for them was a different system of beliefs.  Many were as the Bereans were when they heard the teachings of Paul about Jesus, searching the scriptures (and whatever reliable evidence was available) to see whether these things were true (Acts 17:11).

In 2017, our congregation will focus on “sharing faith.”  This focus will include evangelism, but quite urgently will examine what we believe and how our identifying ourselves as Christians should influence how we speak, act, and treat others.  We will focus on how sharing faith builds bridges between generations and heals fractured friendships.  We will ask what it means for us to believe in a God who wants us to be holy as he is holy. We will pursue this focus in the context of renewing hope and practicing love, remembering the words of 1 Corinthians 13:11: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you and your family will enjoy a uniting and joyous Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. If you are in Leavenworth, join us on Wednesday evening for an uplifting service of praise and song at 7 pm.  On Sunday at the 10:30 service, Michael Summers will begin a new sermon series from the first two chapters of Luke entitled “Are You Preparing the Way for the Lord?” Leavenworth members have gathered for a Chili Cookoff and a Ladies Night Out during the last two weeks. Check out our Facebook pagesladies-night-out ladies-night-4chilicookoff2016 for pictures from those events and other up-to-the-minute information about our congregation!

Fish, Fun, and Fellowship

Leavenworth Church of Christ members enjoyed an uplifting afternoon of fish, fellowship, singing, and laughter at an elder’s house this past weekend. One of the three anglers from the congregation who had captured the fish deep-fried them, along with jalapeno-infused hushpuppies for the more adventurous. The event is just one of several recently that have testified to ever-growing sense of community in the congregation. Several generations are working together to restore a youth group fire pit and devotional area behind the building. Groups from the church have traveled to other congregations for area-wide singings. Members manned a table at a Fort Leavenworth event that introduced newly arrived soldiers to local attractions and distributed hundreds of the congregation’s “Building Hope With Friends and Family” brochures. The congregation’s monthly Food Pantry supplied food for ninety-seven local families in one day. For more information about these and future events, check out the link to our Facebook page on the Menu. You may also want to watch a recent sermon or Communion meditation on the “Video Sermons” link. The best way to get to know us, of course, is to visit one of our worship services or Bible classes. We hope to see you soon.fishfry16