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Sermon Preview and Playlist for August 9: “Jesus, the Hiding Healer"

This week’s passage is utterly perplexing. Jesus travels to a new region but hides. Jesus answers a woman with a derogatory comment. Jesus performs a strange ritual with spit before healing a man. Jesus, again, tells people not to speak of him and they tell everyone. Jesus’ actions and intentions seem to conflict, and both run counter to our own human expectations for him. Yet this counterintuitive text will teach us something important about the cross. Read ahead in Mark 7:24–37 and join us this Sunday. The livestream link will be posted on the Heritage Resume page. Listen ahead with our Sunday at Heritage Spotify Playlist.

During this season of social distancing, most weeks we will ask one or two Elder Communities to serve the broader church by planning to join us in the Overflow in the Fellowship Hall.
For Sunday, August 9:
Elder Communities: Lewis Carl 
Shepherding Groups: Milton Ashley and Manny Figueroa

If you sit in the Auditorium, please fill in from the front and work to maintain social distancing on each row. Thank you for being willing to join us in the Overflow in the Fellowship Hall, as needed, or if that venue works better for your family. 

During the pandemic, we understand that not everyone can or should join us on site. If you are at high-risk of infection or sick, for example, please plan to stay home. If this Sunday is your first time back, visit Heritage Resume for a summary of what to expect. We’ll continue making a livestream link available during the pandemic.

Hour of Prayer: Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Join us for our Hour of Prayer each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Set a reminder and join us online for an hour with your brothers and sisters. This opportunity is a great blessing and encouragement while things are still not as they used to be. Look for an email each Thursday morning with a link.

This Sunday is the final Sunday or our three-week campaign to show God’s compassion and mercy to Upstate Veterans, although you can drop off items at the office through August 14. See the list of specific items that we are collecting and find out additional ways you can be involved—pray, write a card, or give a financial gift. Some homeless veterans need personal hygiene items while others, moving into transitional housing, need some household goods. All the items must be brand new. Learn more on our website.

On Saturday, August 22, Dan Cruver will lead a one-day seminar that will examine from 30,000 ft. the theme of gospel-saturated living as found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. The word living is the concept behind “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (4:1), which are the opening words of the application section of the book (chapters 4-6). Paul’s point is that the gospel content of chapters 1-3 should increasingly saturate our walking or living as members of the Christian community.

For parents of college or high school students, this one-day seminar will help equip you to better disciple your students as they study Ephesians in L3inC and Impact this school year. Also, all parents (and hope-to-be parents) are encouraged to come regardless of the age of your children. For those of you who are single, this seminar will deepen your understanding of the gospel and how it works itself out in any relational or societal context.

All who attend will leave with practical and actionable strategies for living gospel-saturated lives in complex social settings.

Date: Saturday, August 22

Schedule: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; box lunch provided

Cost: Free

Location: Fellowship Hall

Please sign up if you plan to attend.

At Heritage, we are blessed with a large number of college students who choose to call our church home. These students represent a wonderful injection of life into our midst, and with that injection God’s given us a significant responsibility to love them in the gospel.

It is to that end that we invite you to participate in our Adopt-a-Student program. At most, we have four years with these students, and it is our desire as a church family to invest our lives in them with the hope that they grow as disciples of Jesus.

Visit our Adopt-a-Student page for more information and to sign up. 

Part-time Facilities Assistant

We have an opening for a part-time facilities assistant at Heritage. The approximately 10-hour per week position includes, but is not limited to, cleaning the nursery wing, South Lobby, and main bathrooms. Anyone interested in additional information or applying should contact Aaron Bednarski, our Facilities Manager.

Dear Father, A man died on the street in Minneapolis under the knee of a police officer and we saw it with our eyes. Our nation is in turmoil and our cities are on fire. Oh Lord, there are many emotions we should feel right now: sadness, anger, and grief. There are many things we should pray for this morning—for your justice, your peace, and your healing. There are also many people we should pray for. . . . Keep Reading

This Week – 8.9-8.15

Sunday Morning Worship, 9:30 a.m.

Deacons' Meeting, 11:15 a.m.

Shepherding Sync via Zoom, 4:30 p.m.

Shepherding Groups

— Sunday afternoon and evening

Monday L3inC Weekly Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

— for 9th-12th graders

— contact Dan Cruver for more information

Wednesday Journey Groups via Zoom, 11:00 a.m.

— for 1st-5th graders

— contact Kevin Delp for more information

Wednesday Elders’ Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday Hour of Prayer via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.