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2-1-21 Update Letter #49 from Pastor Nate Phillips

by Pastor Nate Phillips on February 01, 2021

February 1, 2021
Dear Kirk family,
This Sunday we journeyed with Jesus out into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan. His forty day journey echoed the forty year exodus, a community defining experience of the Hebrew people hundreds of years earlier. He could have taken so much for himself, but, like with those that wandered in the wilderness, Jesus gave up his “own way” for the sake of the community. This was his pattern for life - giving up his own way for the sake of others - right up until his crucifixion. Where in his final words, Jesus said,
“Into your hands I commit my Spirit.”
In the sermon, I suggested,
“May one thing lead to another.
May his words on the cross lead to the very same words from my mouth, to our mouths …
Into your hands, God, we commend our lives, our entire community, our way of living, our way of seeing how this world works
This is what it means to be family.”
If you would like to continue the conversation on the sermon, please join the “talk back” tonight at 7 pm over zoom. The link is here.
Note: If you are prompted to enter a passcode, it’s “Kirk” with capital K.
We continue to commit ourselves to the movement of God’s Spirit in the way that we worship, serve, and learn.
On Sunday, we shared in worship both in-person and online and we were glad to welcome seven new members into the life of our church. Those that worshiped with the pre-recorded broadcast were treated to a sermon that included original animation by Luke Lee, Pastor Angela’s son. If you missed it, you can still find that sermon on the website.

We will have worship in-person and online worship this Sunday too. If you plan to come to the Kirk for either the 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. service, please use our registration system, found here.

Pastor Kelsey is excited to begin meeting in-person with youth group too. Last week, the high schoolers socially distant hockey game! The night was filled with hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes but we had a lot of fun. We finally got to meet in our small groups and had great conversations. If you know a youth that might be interested in joining next time, please reach out to Pastor Kelsey at  .

The Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs have missed their community and enthusiastically resumed their safe distanced, masked rehearsals this past week. Now is a very good time for families curious about this ministry to come and attend a couple of rehearsals to “try it on.” Contact Glenn Miller ( ) or Nicole Joseph ( ) for details. The Kirk Boys’ and Girls’ Choir Program is well known for its first rate musical and vocal training and religious formation in the context of great fellowship and enthusiastic community, sensitive to the unique needs of girls and boys.

People of any age are invited to engage the music community at the Kirk by listening in our weekly Musical Moment! This Sunday, February 7, 7:00 p.m., Music for Trumpet and Organ, featuring David Ammer, principal trumpet of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. Next Sunday, we will have a Valentine’s Day Evening of Song Musical Moment at 7:00 p.m. presented by the Kirk Choir soloists, singing a wide range of love songs as well as a tribute to St. Valentine.

It is good to see the Accent Pontiac community coming together with in-person programming at the Kirk starting TODAY! There is still 1 volunteer slot available for preparing a meal for up to ten Accent Pontiac students in February. Sign up here, or contact Tina Rowan,   for more information. Last week Kirk member, Jenny Gallo, volunteered with one of Accent Pontiac's virtual classes to lead an art activity!

We continue to be led into community as part of our outreach efforts too. The Kirk delivered children's masks made by Kirk members and thousands of Kirk donated school items to Walt Whitman Elementary School in Pontiac Friday in anticipation of the first day back to in-person school today.

And again our Kirk members came through to feed the homeless and food insecure in Pontiac making 280 sandwiches for the Baldwin Center! And Jan Thompson is pictured here delivering Food Boxes to our Kirk Tutoring families Thursday. If you are interested in efforts like these, take a look at the event described below!

I love sharing what our community looks like when we commit ourselves to following the moving of the Spirit … and it happens each and every week! 
Stay warm,
Pastor Nate

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