Dear Friend,

As we observe Juneteenth today, I’d like to encourage you to take some time to ponder this thought: we, as followers of Christ, will spend our eternity with Jesus and with people for whom he died, “… from every nation and tribe and people and language…” Revelation 7:9

God’s heart is that we will not only spend eternity together, but that we will show the beauty of his creation as we walk and worship together in this life, too. I’m so grateful to be part of a church family that values Revelation 7:9 diversity and seeks to grow in our love for each other! Part of loving other people is seeking to understand and learn about others’ experiences and perspectives (you can mark your calendar for our August 16th Love Your Neighbor event—more information coming soon.)

Juneteenth is an important day of celebration as it commemorates the end of slavery in our country. If you’d like to learn more, take 75 minutes to watch this excellent documentary by Our Daily Bread, Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom | A Documentary from @ourdailybread Voices Collection

I hope you will join us this Sunday as we continue in our “Connected” series. Our families and our neighborhoods and our workplaces are made up of people who have lots of different political leanings. And so is our church family. This week we’ll look to Scripture for wisdom in navigating our relationships in a way that honors the Lord in the midst of a contentious political season. This is not about partisan politics, but about how we as Christ followers can live in a way that points to Jesus as we relate to others.

Grateful to be adopted with you into God’s family,

Jonathan