NEWS & NOTES
Please welcome some new members to Park Avenue:
Join us for a wedding shower to honor Bryan Batts (son of Roger & Stefanie Batts) & Kelsie Patterson TODAY in the atrium from 1:30-3:00. They are registered at Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target.
Christian Theatre Workshop Volunteers Needed
Any adults wanting to volunteer during the week of CTW, please contact Janaga Trotter 903-624-4466 or Kathy Pryor 903-821-4606. Volunteer areas are—Crafts, Games, Kitchen, Sewing, Nightly Dinners for HS students, and Backstage Help During Performances. Come and be a blessing and be blessed all at the same time!
Park Avenue Wednesday Supper
PAWS is taking a break over the summer months and will resume again in the Fall.
COMING THIS SUMMER
Church on the Lake
Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00PM at Waterloo Lake Pavilion for Church on the Lake. We will have fried chicken and sides. The church will provide the food and we ask that you contribute a small donation to offset the cost.
Join us during the summer on Wednesday nights starting on June 8 for Season 2 episodes of "The Chosen." We will meet in the Atrium at 6:30 PM. All ages are welcome, and desserts will be served.
Prayer List—Steve Bryant, Debbie Black, Kim Pendergrass, Patrick Mullins, Ken Bell, June Washburn
Ongoing Needs—Chris Reinsch, Mike Hardy, Shawn Landrum, Larry Long, Corky & Linda Armstrong, Sandra Aynes, Bobby & Peggy Slaughter, Kaile Williams (Norris),Roy Galyon, Neal Odom, Karen Brode, Bob Gower, Jim Scroggins, Ernest Sturch
Homebound—Ray & Marsha Jones, JD Huffman, Dewey & Joyce Martin
Expectant Mothers—Ashley Briscoe, Brittni Calvert
Missions—Hammer & Dela Afakule (Togo), Mario “Pepe” Torre (Monterrey, Mexico), Jimenez family (Cartagena,Colombia), Cristian & Ana Corrales (Bucaramanga, Colombia)
Friends of Park Avenue—Craig Dennis (former member),Rebekah Taylor (great niece of the Russell’s), Becky Sanchez (wife of Gil Sanchez, Director of orphanage in Mexico), Kathy Hill (friend of Chris & Candsis Slaughter), Melba Ballou (former member), Christina Hall (daughter of Paul Waggoner), Greg Oliver (father of Karee Earnhart)
Please notify the church office at email@example.com for updates to the prayer list.
Good morning and welcome to our worship. To all our guests, we are glad to have you with us and if you have any questions please feel free to find a minister or elder and we’d be more than happy to help. Members and guests, please complete a digital communication card that can be accessed on the church app or by scanning the QR code below.
This morning I will finish up our journey through the book of Exodus. Today I will focus on the portable worship structure God instructed the Israelites to build called the Tabernacle. I was surprised to see how many chapters are dedicated to the instructions and completion of this tent. It becomes obvious that worship plays such an important role in the lives of God’s people.
I was also reminded of all the symbolism found in this structure. There’s the altar for the sacrifice foreshadowing the sacrifice of Christ. There’s the basin for cleansing symbolic of our cleansing through baptism. There's the lampstand symbolic of Jesus being the light of the world. Then there’s the showbread foreshadowing the Lord’s supper. The incense represents our prayers. And finally the ark of the covenant representing the presence of God among His people.
All of these are a reminder that the Old Testament is all looking forward to God’s more complete revelation through Christ and His presence with us through the Holy Spirit. Also, we are reminded that an understanding of the Old Testament is so helpful in our appreciation and understanding of the New Testament. Paul speaks of the connection between the two testaments when he writes, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope (Romans 15:4).”
Also this morning we will introduce to you a tool the leadership has developed that will assist you in your spiritual growth. It is based on three aspects of our discipleship that are summarized by the phrase PRAY. PEOPLE. PURPOSE. PRAY refers to our pursuit of holiness through worship and the spiritual disciplines. PEOPLE refers to our connection to the body of Christ. And PURPOSE refers to using our gifts and talents to serve the kingdom. This tool will call us to self-evaluation as Paul encourages us all in 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV) — “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” More information in the sermon time.